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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah gave a green signal to Chairman PCB Najam Sethi on Tuesday to hold international cricket matches in Karachi following the Pakistan Super League final, to be played here on March 25.

Sethi, who called on the chief minister here at the CM House on Tuesday, thanked him for his unflinching support in holding the PSL final in Karachi. “I am really thankful to you for the support you have given to PCB in holding the PSL final in Karachi,” he told the chief minister. “Your team, police and Rangers and civil administration is always ready to meet our requirements and share each and every plan with us and also follow the PCB requirements and SOP which is great.”

Sethi further said: “If you have given me the green signal, I would definitely do my best to hold international cricket matches here just after the PSL final.”

The chief minister said that he would love to bring international cricket back to Karachi. “Karachi is a vibrant city of peaceful people and it was their support that the peace has been restored here,” he said.

Murad Ali Shah said that he was working hard to restore sports events, literary and music programs, art and craft in this city of lights.

“This city has suffered a lot, now people would enjoy every moment of their life here,” he vowed.

The chief minister and chairman PCB also discussed security plan, arrival of the teams, routes to stadium and facilities for the visitors in detail.

Published in Dawn, March 7th, 2018