Sethi reassures foreign players of security for PSL final

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The Pakistan Super League (PSL) kicked off its second edition in grand style yesterday, with Najam Sethi, the PSL chairman, reconfirming – at the unveiling ceremony of the winner’s trophy – that the final match will be played at the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Sethi also added that the PCB has received security confirmation from the Punjab government and other security agencies and is confident Lahore can host the match without any trouble.

“I want to reiterate on this occasion that the final of the PSL will be in Lahore. Let there be no confusion about that,” Sethi said.

“Tomorrow at 11am, there will be a meeting with all the franchise owners and foreign players where I will give details of the preparations we are making for security and safety for Lahore, which will be endorsed for their satisfaction by the ICC and other player associations.”

Today (February 7), Sethi met all the foreign players involved in the PSL and briefed them about the exhaustive security measures which are taken to ensure the safe conduct of the match on March 7.

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The players are expected to stay at the National Cricket Academy. The PCB has invested in four bulletproof buses, have also been mulling the idea of flying the players in on March 7 and immediately flying them out after the finale.

PSL ambassadors Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram persuaded the overseas players to play the final match in Lahore.

“Once you taste the flavour of cricket in the country you will come to realise how welcoming the crowds are. I am hoping that cricket can be brought back to Pakistan, it will be a huge contribution to the emotions of the cricket fans in the country.” Raja said.

“Lahore is a beautiful city, the perceptions about the place might be muddled, but I can assure you that the players who will travel will be making a priceless contribution to Pakistan cricket.”

“Growing up I saw legends like Michael Holding and Sunil Gavaskar play in the stadiums, which was hugely inspiring. It is imperative that cricket returns to the country, Pakistanis are passionate about the game, my wife who is an Australian is staying in Karachi for the last four years and she is having a great time. Let me also remind you all that the government will do everything possible to ensure the safety of the players.” Wasim said.

It is also believed that Giles Clark, the ECB president and head of the ICC task force for Pakistan, who had visited the Lahore city in January to assess the security situation in the country, shared the details of his trip with board members at the ICC meeting this past weekend in Dubai.

The second season of the much-awaited PSL begins on February 9 when Islamabad United takes on Peshawar Zalmi at the Dubai Internation Stadium.

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