Pakistan Super League (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi promised cricket fans in Pakistan that the PSL final will be held in the city of Lahore, even in the absence of foreign players, if the fans do not want the venue to change following Monday's bombing.
“The foreign players have refused to play the final in Lahore after Monday’s blast, but if the citizens of Pakistan want the final of PSL to be held in Lahore despite foreign players not participating in the final, then the final will be held in Lahore," said Sethi in his statement.
Sethi added that the security agencies have committed to providing full security for the final.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that Punjab is ready to host the final of PSL with full security and added that Lahore is safe for the players even after Monday’s bombing.
Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), before the start of the league, held a meeting with foreign players to assure them regarding security.
The final for the PSL is scheduled to be held on March 5 in Lahore and PCB have yet to announce any new dates and will decide after contacting the concern departments about security.
PCB provisionally suspends Nasir Jamshed
The PCB on Monday provisionally suspended opener Nasir Jamshed for violation of the board's Anti-Corruption Code, said a tweet by PSL Chairman Najam Sethi.
The suspension extends to all formats of the game.
PCB Chairman Shehryar Khan earlier today reiterated that exemplary punishments will be handed out to players accused of corruption if they are found guilty by a tribunal.
"The PCB took the lead in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) scandal, unlike the time when the International Cricket Council (ICC) had caught three Pakistani players involved in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal," Shehryar said, commending the 'efficiency' of the PCB's Anti-Corruption Unit in dealing with last week's PSL spot-fixing scandal.
The PCB earlier provisionally suspended two players — Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif — under its Anti-Corruption Code as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the Pakistan Super League (PSL).