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Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar. ─DawnNews
Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar. ─DawnNews

Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Thursday said he would like the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold the final match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the metropolis.

He said this while speaking to media in Karachi and also tweeted about it, promising support to organise the event in every way.

The PCB had promised to provide top-level security to the PSL finalists at Gaddafi Stadium. But a bomber targeting police negotiating with protesting pharmacists on Monday killed 13 people in Lahore, casting fresh doubt over whether foreign cricketers will risk a return to playing in Pakistan.

Pakistanis were quick to voice fears that Monday's explosion in Lahore could derail plans to hold the highly anticipated final of the PSL there.

On that note, Akhtar said that he would take full responsibility to make security arrangements as well as facilitate the management of the event at the National Stadium.

PSL Chairman Najam Sethi said in a talk show on TV following the Lahore blast that he had been in contact with several foreign players who indicated they would still be willing to play the final in Lahore.

"We are in touch with other foreign players so that we could replace those (contracted international) players who are not willing to play in Lahore."

"Now I will have to start all over again," Sethi added. "I cannot say that we will be successful or not because [the players] have families, they will have their associations which will guide them."

The PSL chairman also said that he wants to poll the Pakistan public and let them decide whether they want to see the final in Lahore most likely without foreign players or Dubai again probably with overseas players.

Sethi said he still wanted Lahore to host the final, with or without foreign players.

"I want cricket lovers to tell me ... what do they want? Whatever they want, we will do," Sethi said.


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Philosopher(from japan) Feb 16, 2017 02:33pm

In Karachi? No way. It's not in their wish list sir.

Nomi Goraya Feb 16, 2017 02:35pm

I would just comment that PSL final has already shattered PEACE in one of the most PEACEFUL city of PAKISTAN. I wish it is held in Pakistan no matter in any city but it would be real powerful reply if it is held at same venue and managed successfully. It is not LAHORE vs KARACHI it is message to the word that we are wounded but we are all STRONG and things have changed in Pakistan. Lets wish that PEACE returns to all corners of Pakistan and cricket returns to all venues from Karachi to Lahore and from Peshawar to Quetta

aamir Feb 16, 2017 02:36pm

Right offer. after all peace has been prevailed in Karachi after rangers operations, we need to show guts that PSL final can be played in Karachi as well.

fair Feb 16, 2017 02:40pm

Karachi is as safe as Lahore or may be better than Lahore because of rangers ops. So why not. It should have been Karachi in the first place.

Umer Feb 16, 2017 02:42pm

Dirty Politics by MQM as always.

Kashif Ali Feb 16, 2017 02:44pm

They should consider Karachi also !!! Remember attack on Sri team was also carried out in Lahore but still all three ODIs against ZIM were played in Lahore. Also there was blast near stadium during these matches but again Lahore is selected for PSL final. I think Karachi will be the venue once new stadium in Bahria town is completed :)

usman Feb 16, 2017 02:47pm

Don't....the university road's dug up.....and you'll probably block the entire shahrae faisal and karsaz and dalmiyah road and....

just don't

M. Emad Feb 16, 2017 02:46pm

Karachi relatively peaceful than Lahore in recent weeks.

ali Feb 16, 2017 02:49pm

KARACHI....

Abdul zaheer Feb 16, 2017 03:04pm

Maintenance work in on going in Karachi of various parts. This is imposible. No way. Mayor Karachi pay heed to make Karachi clean and green.

HS Feb 16, 2017 03:07pm

Just like you ensured security on 12th may? Thanks but no thanks !

Alwin JAMES Feb 16, 2017 03:12pm

Its strange that final venue has not decided till now.

Taimur Feb 16, 2017 03:16pm

Good offer, but i doubt Mr. Sethi and PCB sees any city in Pakistan beyond Lahore. Not sure why but it is very pathetic approach to keep ignoring biggest city of the country and the safer too.

Mirza Feb 16, 2017 03:20pm

Poll the Pakistan public and let them decide whether they want you head of PCB? This would be a fair survey.

Sindhi_in_Sindh Feb 16, 2017 03:20pm

Why are Lahoris so angry at this? and why does Najam Sethi insist on holding the final in Lahore when there are other, much safer cities available?

Haider Feb 16, 2017 03:47pm

Please restore your power and authority before you could give security assurance to someone.

Kamran Feb 16, 2017 03:48pm

Waseem Akhtar is mayor of Karachi and not mayor of London or New York. Please think before you comment to hold some games in Karachi.

U Z Kazi Feb 16, 2017 03:51pm

First clean the city Mr Mayor

Shampee Feb 16, 2017 03:50pm

Did u clean Karachi???? Did u fulfill ur commitments?

kanwarch Feb 16, 2017 03:58pm

I thought this man was a serious politician burt he is no better than anybody else in the country and is talking nonsense for political mileage.

Khurram Bashwani Feb 16, 2017 04:02pm

Agreed !

Imran AB Feb 16, 2017 04:04pm

Islamabad is the best venue as the Federal capital and a neutral venue for all.

lafanga Feb 16, 2017 04:19pm

karachi is more safer place when compared to Lahore.

Pakistani Feb 16, 2017 04:26pm

Well the Sri Lankan team was attacked in Lahore near the Gaddafi stadium. So why not. Have the final in Karachi. Good idea.

Pakistani Feb 16, 2017 04:28pm

@M. Emad . Thank you friend from Bangladesh. Your valuable input in our internal affairs is always very refreshing for us. Please continue to feel free to offer more insights.

Alien Feb 16, 2017 04:34pm

The way he is claiming it's looklike Karachi is on the back of his hand...

BAXAR Feb 16, 2017 04:31pm

@U Z Kazi "First clean the city Mr Mayor" Why don't you ask those whom you have given Karachi's budget? Ask the governor, also.

Zafar ahmed Feb 16, 2017 04:33pm

Karachi is a orphan city and no one adopted it since independence and as such mayor of the city asking to host PSL final in Karachi is a joke !

Hussain Feb 16, 2017 04:36pm

@HS has u maintained security at Model town

Zafar ahmed Feb 16, 2017 04:40pm

@U Z Kazi First give the resources back Karachi and than ask for all basic amenity services

asad Feb 16, 2017 04:49pm

Only enemies of Karachites will say no to such match in Karachi.

Jalbani Baloch Feb 16, 2017 05:11pm

Fully agree with your proposal that the final of PSL should have been scheduled in Karachi, which is mini-Pakistan and deserve more attention and consideration, as compared to other cities of Pakistan including Islamabad. First of all, it is a cosmopolitan Karachi with an estimated population of 20 million or more, represented by people from all walks of life, languages, colors and faith, and secondly, it is contributing exorbitantly in the national economy of the country. Therefore, this city should be given preference in all facilities, be it metro-buses, circular railways, roads network, sewerage system, setting up of technical institutions or universities and etc.

Fasahat Mohi Feb 16, 2017 05:25pm

Pl roll back cricket bring youngsters.

BAXAR Feb 16, 2017 05:30pm

@Shampee "Did u clean Karachi???? Did u fulfill ur commitments?' Give him the budget before asking questions.

myth Feb 16, 2017 05:41pm

Apart from politics. This man has taken words out of my mouth. Totally in favor of the proposal.

Kami Feb 16, 2017 05:54pm

@BAXAR Dear Baxar if Mr. Mayor does not have budge to clean and to work. How will he provide security to team then? I dont think so, nothing can be done with out discretion and money.

Shahid Feb 16, 2017 06:13pm

Superb idea to beat the terrorsts in their efforts.Hold both the semi finals at Karachi

Syed Naseem Ahmed Feb 16, 2017 06:17pm

This is good offer . Karachi are more safe then Lahore . What happen to
Srilankan Team in same city of Lahore . Rangers are on the road of Karachi and they can take good care of the Security .

Syed Naseem Ahmed

Ebrahim Feb 16, 2017 06:45pm

@Nomi Goraya Agreed it is not Karachi vs Lahore but looking at the facts that the initial attack on Sri Lanka Team was in Lahore and the recent incident suggests that Karachi is the best alternative. What is important is that our security agencies failed in arresting the culprits.

athar Feb 16, 2017 07:30pm

@U Z Kazi Provincial & Fed Govt should provide funds to Karachi. If they contonue this injustice then Karachi people will not contribute any taxes whats so ever. Use force will not alst longer

BAXAR Feb 16, 2017 08:36pm

@Kami "How will he provide security to team then? " He like all of us, have been assured by those in charge of providing security in Karachi, that it is a secure place. He took their words. Do you have any reason to doubt their words? Please let us know, and him as well. Next time he'll be careful.

Papa Feb 16, 2017 09:25pm

Sindh and Karachi are safe.

Vikas Feb 16, 2017 10:37pm

I don't know why every one is fighting between Lahore or Karachi. The finals are going to happen in UAE, every one knows it but won't accept it and hoping against hope. Even PCB knows it and has made all arrangements for the finals to be held in UAE.

ghaznavi Feb 16, 2017 11:22pm

People who plundered this city and brought it to ruins are now making tall claims. Please do your job!

Dr. Salaria, aamir Ahmad Feb 17, 2017 12:09am

Karachi is a good option for the PSL finals too. Why not?

bk Feb 17, 2017 01:05am

The PSL final will be held at UAE only. After this much attacks and bombings no player will be ready to play the final in pak. So no need to fight unnecessarily.

Khalil Ahmed Feb 17, 2017 01:57am

Mr. Akhar, you got lot to do in the City to take care of as a Mayor, so Leave the sports and focus on the burning issues that the city is facing. Under the current situation, The Sports should be the last priority.

Jigar Feb 17, 2017 06:17am

These people are only thinking of security for the crickit players and have no concern for the tens of thousand of fans who will come to watch the game. Terrorists are not just after crickit playerss. Who will take responsibility for the fans?

BAXAR Feb 17, 2017 01:14pm

@ghaznavi "Please do your job!" Please provide the funds and authority to do so. You want them to collect additional taxes for that?