London: Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has claimed top international players have signed up to participate in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) despite security fears.
PSL advisor, Lorgat claimed players could earn at least 100,000 dollars for the two-week tournament in Pakistan, the BBC reports.
Lorgat rejected claims from players’ union, Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) boss Tim May that players would stay away because Pakistan is unsafe.
Lorgat said there are already signed commitments from top players in place, adding he is quite astounded by the reception of broadcast interest and sponsors interest and by some good players.
Lorgat added he at this stage he doesn’t have the liberty to release the names of the players, but revealed that they are from across the globe.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL), scheduled for 26 March to 7 April, is being billed as a chance to prove that the country is ready to host top-level international cricket for the first time since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009, killing seven policemen and injuring six players.
May had urged players not to take part in the tournament after receiving worrying reports on the current level of danger from an independent security firm.
The PSL player auction will take place on 24 February.