Senate Pakistan super league postponed, Senate told

Islamabad: The Senate was informed Thursday that Pakistan Super League has been postponed because some participants of the league had requested Pakistan Cricket Board that they needed more time to prepare to invest in the League.

Replying to a question, Minister for Interprovincial Coordination Mir Hazar Bijarani said players also agreed to participate in the PSL auction but the process of NOCs from the relevant boards was underway and required more time.

He said some scheduling conflicts also arose after PSL dates were announced like Sri Lanka extended tour dates against Bangladesh in March which coincided with PSL dates. This could result in star players missing out the opportunity of participation in PSL.

Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani said no loss was suffered by PCB as the PSL has not been cancelled and the arrangements were in very initial stage. He said since PSL is a domestic Pakistan tournament, there is no requirement to consult other participating countries.

Replying to another question, Minister for Interprovincial Coordination said it is true that cellular companies have been charging 5 percent service charges from the customers.

He said cellular mobile operators approached PTA on September 25, 2008 with a request to introduce 5 percent service charge on prepaid customers.

They requested that due to impact of macroeconomic factors, increased taxation and socio-political condition of the country, the cost of delivering services had increased tremendously. He said the Authority has not approved 2 percent maintenance charges, also requested by the companies.

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