Mike Proctor, Rudi Koertzen and Russell Tiffinn have confirmed their participation in PSL
Lahore January 24, 2013: The Pakistan Super League (“PSL”) is pleased to announce that, apart from Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf, three other esteemed international Match Officials – Mike Procter, Rudi Koertzen and Russell Tiffin– have confirmed their participation in the inaugural Pakistan Super League 2013. The PSL management is excited by these appointments after receiving positive responses from international players and match officials over the past few days.
Mike Procter, the legendary South African all-rounder of the 1970s and 1980s vintage, who was a highly respected ICC Match Referee, will be seen in action together with Rudi Koertzen, the much respected South African former ICC Elite Panel umpire, and Russell Tiffin, the Zimbabwean umpire currently serving on the ICC’s international panel of umpires.
Currently in Bangladesh, Mike Procter said: “I am delighted to announce that I have agreed to be one of the Match Referees in the upcoming Pakistan Super League. I was approached by the PSL management team and after due consideration, I am looking forward to being a part of this exciting event in Pakistan.
“I have always thought very highly of the talent and potential of Pakistan cricket and over the years I have made many friends in Pakistan cricket. It is unfortunate that Pakistan and its fans do not currently enjoy their beloved international cricket stars at home and this cannot remain so. I am willing to get involved and to help change perceptions about cricket being played in Pakistan.
On accepting the offer to officiate in the PSL, Rudi Koertzen said from South Africa: “We all know that Pakistan is going through a trying phase and we in the cricket family need to do what we can to help. It remains a very vibrant cricketing nation that always impresses us with its resilience. I have never had any problem umpiring in Pakistan, and I am actually looking forward to go over and catch up with old friends"
Russel Tiffin, who has been on the ICC International Panel of Umpires since 1995, said from Zimbabwe: “I have been to Pakistan before on cricketing assignments and I am keen to take part in the PSL. With the talent we know that exists in Pakistan, I am sure this competition will be quite a spectacle and I cannot wait to be a part of it.
“I know about the challenges which Pakistan cricket faces and I know from my own experiences at home how perceptions can cloud the realities. I am confident that the PCB can deliver a safe and secure event.”
The five-team, 23-match, two-week high-profile event is scheduled to commence on 25 March and end with the final on 7 April 2013.
Salman Sarwar Butt, the managing director of the PSL management team stated that: “The PSL is in full steam recruiting top-notch match officials and exciting cricketers. In addition, preparation is proceeding apace in all other aspects and the team is well on track with its plans for broadcasters and sponsorship on-boarding.”
He was particularly excited by the positive responses from players, and said that: “So far the response from international cricketers has been quite warm and welcoming, which bodes really well for the PSL”
The PSL recently announced the player slabs and base prices as follows:
Diamond USD 100,000
Platinum USD 75,000
Gold USD 50,000
Silver USD 25,000
Emerging USD 5-10,000