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LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday confirmed that the final of this year’s Pakistan Super League would be held in Lahore on March 9.

The PCB has confirmed that they are now working on the plans to bring the international players to the country, and if the players are not comfortable with the security arrangements, the PCB is also working on backup plans to replace these players.

International cricket stalled in Pakistan since the attack on Sri Lanka team bus back in 2009. Only Zimbabwe became the full member team to tour Pakistan in 2015 for a short series.

In order to revive international cricket in the country, the PCB has also extended an invitation to West Indies to tour Pakistan for a two-match T20 series in Lahore. However, the tour is subject to security clearances from the West Indies Players’ Association.

FICA, the international cricketers’ association, has however issued a statement which clearly indicates that there is a considerable security threat to players in Pakistan and thus the international players should refrain from touring the country.

Ever since the second season of the PSL was unveiled, PCB chief Najam Sethi had said that the finals would be in Lahore. The board has also taken several steps to bring this plan to the fore, and they have now received security clearances from the Punjab government.

The board has also bought four bulletproof buses, as they do not want to leave anything to chance. They also hope that this would help in building confidence measures and in convincing players to tour the country. Also, the players have been briefed about the fly-in, fly-out arrangements for the team.

The PCB is also trying to convince players to travel to Pakistan but if their efforts do not yield results they will have a new draft in place to replace these players.

The board has also decided that if no International players travel to Pakistan, they would play the finals with local players.

Sethi, who was lauded for the successful completion of the first year of the PSL, sounds optimistic of bringing international players to Paki­stan. However, if FICA recommendations are anything to go by, the international stars could find themselves in a real muddle.

Published in Dawn, January 9th, 2017

Comments (13) Closed

Houlbelat Jan 09, 2017 08:14am

Not sure. It is too early to say.

Desi Jan 09, 2017 08:31am

So the PSL final might become Quaid Azam trophy final.

kerala Jan 09, 2017 08:44am

Can PCB cover life insurance for whole international players?And why should international players take their life for granted and play for saving Pakistan's face in world sports arena?

point of view Jan 09, 2017 09:06am

Too much pressurization on the international cricketers is not good for the future of PSL. Star cricketers of the world may not interested in playing in the PSL.

Junaid Anwer Jan 09, 2017 09:28am

A great decision. Made my Monday morning pleasant.

Whether local players or international, its going to be a houseful at Qaddafi!

Shampee Jan 09, 2017 09:25am

PCB took two u-turns last week regarding Basit Ali, Hafeez and will do so in future for PSL Final too

Ali Ahmed Jan 09, 2017 10:01am

They should include a life insurance policy in drafting a contract for PSL.

Its not good for cricket to be played under pressure.

syed Jan 09, 2017 10:17am

National team hit rock bottom and here he is bragging about Psl final. He certainly has lost his mind. Just too old to run affairs. Please retire and rest at home. Have some mercy on pak cricket.

d.k.pamnanI Jan 09, 2017 10:40am

Let us hope, it is played at Lahore?

Pra aksha Jan 09, 2017 02:22pm

@Shampee : PCB took two u-turns last week regarding Basit Ali, Hafeez and will do so in future for PSL Final too

Najm Sethi is a big entertainer himself, no need other entertainment like PSL in Pakistan. Keep making imaginary sweet Jalebis of ulzan sulzan & at last come to embarrassment as usual!

Mohammad iqbal Jan 09, 2017 02:55pm

Instead of controlling the fall of cricket( Today 5th place in ICC Test ranking) our PCB bosses are working full time on PSL which is now the private company of Mr. Puncture. According to the new points system, the day is not far, by middle of 2017 Pakistan will be sliding down to 8th place in ICC Test rankings and our PCB chairman will be happy to count dollars after PSL final in Lahore. Shame. Shame. we are least interested where PSL final is played. In Lahore or Chak 84.

Waseem Sarwar Jan 09, 2017 04:06pm

Absolutely brilliant news. I am sure they will have enough international players willing to come to Pakistan. I am sure people of Lahore will fill the stadium even if we see James Franklin, instead of Russell or Gayle, playing in Lahore. PCB has taken a wise decision as bringing some part of PSL will increase the brand's worth. If things go well, play opening match of PSL3 in Karachi and final in Lahore by slowly but surely building people's trust in Pakistani security. I will definitely buy the tickets with my friends and hopefully Lahore Qalandars reach the final too. GO Qalandars

sam Jan 10, 2017 09:19pm

For the good health of cricket international cricket must return to pakistan.the energy level is not the same when playing in uae compared to lahore or fans from india we sincierly hope to see return of india pakistan series being played in pakistan