by Faizan Lakhani
Star footballer Kaleemullah has urged Pakistan’s football authorities to follow the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) lead and stage events similar to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to nurture local talent.
made those remarks while attending the Peshawar Zalmi versus Multan
Sultans fixture of PSL 2020 in Karachi on Friday as PCB’s guest for the
segment “Hamaray Heroes”.
“When you’re in professional league and you rub shoulders with top players from around the world, you get to learn a lot. It gives you exposure of top-level contests and also provides you an opportunity to understand the game’s intensity,” he told Geo News.
“We need such professional leagues in football as well. There are professional leagues everywhere in the world of football and it is high time that we get one in Pakistan as well,” he said, hoping that the Pakistan Football Federation would announce its plan of staging a pro league soon.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old said that it was an honour for him to be invited by the PCB at one of the biggest stage of Pakistan sports.
“Cricket is widely followed and of course when you get recognition at such level, you feel encouraged. It is a great step by PCB,” he said of board’s initiative of Hamaray Heroes.