The winners of the domestic Twenty20 championship next month will participate in the inaugural Champions Twenty20 League in India between December 3 and 10, the PCB has announced.
Sialkot Stallions, the 2006-07 domestic Twenty20 champions, were initially set to participate in the league as the PCB hadn't organised another tournament in the following domestic season. But with the league postponed from September to December, Pakistan have the opportunity to organise a tournament and field their newest champions. The league also comprises England's Twenty20 Cup winners Middlesex, and the finalists from domestic Twenty20 tournaments in India, Australia and South Africa.
"There is the added incentive for the winners this year as they will represent Pakistan in the prestigious Champions League," Shafqat Naghmi, the PCB's chief operating officer, told PTI.
The tournament will be the first major cricketing event in Pakistan after the Asia Cup in June and July. Naghmi said there will be 13 teams, divided into four groups. The schedule is yet to be announced. Naghmi said only those players who participate in the tournament will be considered for selection for the national team's next assignment - the four-nation quadrangular Twenty20 tournament in Canada, which starts on October 10.