Saad Premier League , our own desi rip off IPL, has finally kicked off amid a lot of controversy and squabble. The project is a baby venture of Saad Bin Khalid. Comprising of 8 five member teams divided into two pools. The teams play 5 overs each with each player supposed to ball one over.
The pools were decided on parchi system, with no proper contemplation. The result was imbalanced pools with Pool A getting all the tougher teams and Pool B, relatively easier ones. However the main issue which the organization has got horribly wrong is the selection of players per team. For Ameer Salam (the lead of NCA) was shown the door by his very own organization and had to bear the expenses of making up another team. Similarly Faizan , when first asked by his Marriot Captain faked a back injury only to be later appointed by Afzal (Capt Bhutto). Majid’s exclusion from NCA has more to do with his personal grudge and ego against the captain NCA then anything else. Similarly Sheriyar got rejected by NCA. Few teams who did manage to retain their originality were
3) Dada (they did not have any fifth player so had to rope in Ali Murtaza)
The point I am trying to make here is that it should have been a group competition. Players defending their groups, companies, gangs would have shown more commitment as there would have been some sort of belonging because they very much owe their groups. But sadly it seems the roots of player power and individuals first are so deep in Pakistan now that even 06A was not spared.
Highly Mismatched Teams
1)Bhutto ( due to Faizan)
2) Sharif ( due to Majid)
As the tournament enters the last phase of stage one, keep an eye on some old rivals having a go at one another and lets see who keeps his emotions under control and emerges out as the ultimate winner in one on one duel.
Opponent no 1
Opponent no 2
Wont take Place
Having already discussed the cons , I believe no system is faultless and there is always a room for improvement and hopefully the only way from here would be up. This indeed is big effort from the side of Sbk for coming over such an idea and then getting it implemented in letter and spirit by uniting 06 a under one roof. I would sign off by saying that at the end of the day it’s a game after all, no matter who wins or loses, the real winner is SPL. So kindly don’t get over emotional and leave the judgement to umpires. Goodluck everybody.