The Bugti Stadium in Quetta was packed to the brim on Sunday evening as cricket fans gathered there to watch a live screening of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final held in Lahore.

"Quetta will win," Niamatullah Khan, an audience member waiting in a queue at the stadium gates, told Dawn.com.

The Quetta Gladiators, who qualified for the final for the second consecutive time in the tournament's two-year history, went against Peshawar Zalmi in Sunday night's decider.

Muhammad Aslam, a 23-year-old student, was one of the hundreds who lined up in a long queue to be part of the energised crowd at Bugti Stadium.

"[I support] Quetta Gladiators. I pray it wins," Aslam told Dawn.com as he showed his National Identity Card (NIC) to security officials deployed outside the ground.

The Balochistan government had arranged two large screens — one at the stadium and one at the Special High School ground — so that the people of Quetta can watch their home team play.

The local administration had asked the audience to bring their NICs to show to security officials, who were posted on all gates of the venue, before they entered the ground.

Frontier Corps personnel were deployed at Bugti Stadium to prevent any untoward incident from happening as the crowd grew.

The roads and streets of Quetta also wore a deserted look, as cricket fans who could not make it to public venues tuned in to watch the match on TV screens at home.

However, traffic was reportedly jammed at Gurdat Singh Road, where another screen had been installed for people to watch the PSL final.

"I could barely cross the road as it was crowded by cricket fans and policemen," said Nazar Muhammad Bareech, a resident of Quetta.

Opinion

What is terrorism?
Updated 07 Mar 2021

What is terrorism?

The term ‘terrorism’ is still defined in a vague and contradictory manner.

Editorial

After the vote
Updated 07 Mar 2021

After the vote

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan may have received the vote of confidence but it does not resolve the major issues that the...
07 Mar 2021

Wasted food

THE number is mind-boggling. According to the UN Environment Programme’s Food Waste Index, over 900 million tonnes...
07 Mar 2021

Covid-19 spike

FEARS about a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country turned real this week as coronavirus infections,...
Vote of confidence
Updated 06 Mar 2021

Vote of confidence

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan’s decision to take a vote of confidence from parliament today is a bizarre move.
06 Mar 2021

PSL disaster

RAPID escalation in the number of coronavirus cases has led to the postponement of the Pakistan Super League’s...
06 Mar 2021

India ranking

WHILE India has often tooted its own horn as the ‘world’s largest democracy’ — being supported in this...