Sethi says foreign cricketers not ready to play in Lahore

Published: February 14, 2017
Sethi has left it to the fans to decide if they want the final in Lahore or not. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/EXPRESS

Sethi has left it to the fans to decide if they want the final in Lahore or not. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Pakistan Super League (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi has said the super league final will be held in Lahore if cricket fans and citizens of Pakistan are ready to watch the game without foreign players.

“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 the PSL to be held in Lahore despite foreign players not participating in the final then the final will be held in Lahore,” Sethi said in his statement.

He said that security agencies have promised to provide full security for the match and left it to the fans to decide if they want the final in Lahore or not.

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Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said Punjab was ready to host the PSL final with full security and that Lahore was safe for the players even after Monday’s incident. Before opening of the league, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had held a meeting with the foreign players to ensure them about security but even then they were hesitant to travel to Lahore.

“The player had concerns about playing the final in Lahore even after the security team along with former and current players assured them about their safety.

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“The foreign players said they will only travel to Lahore if the Federation of International Cricket’s Association (Fica) ensures that Lahore is safe,” said a source, who was present in the meeting.

The final is scheduled to be held on March 5 in Lahore.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • NoNy
    Feb 14, 2017 - 9:36AM

    what rana sanaullaah says has as much weight as a piece of paper “Lahore was safe for the players even after Monday’s incident” what exactly this smart individual is trying to say ?Recommend

  • Khan A
    Feb 14, 2017 - 10:11AM

    Why bother watching PSL at all?Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Feb 14, 2017 - 10:29AM

    Maybe PCB should also buy white horses and swords.Recommend

  • Mrs Syed
    Feb 14, 2017 - 10:39AM

    It is about Pakistan Cricket and the final should happen in Pakistan. Whether the foreign players play or not, but PSL is for Pakistan and its people.Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 14, 2017 - 10:53AM

    Pakistan must host the PSL finals to defy terror. If Pakistan doesn’t, that means terror has won.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Feb 14, 2017 - 10:54AM

    Have two finals; and, decide the winner by adding the scores, like a test match with two innings.
    Crazy idea, but one that will ensure foreign players’ participation (only in one inning), and the fans at Lahore will get to watch it in stadium (again, only half the match).Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 14, 2017 - 10:57AM

    It takes only a day to set the reality straight. The GHQ has to end its animosity with India and Afghanistan, or else this loop of hate will never be broken.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Feb 14, 2017 - 11:08AM

    Why not in Karachi or Rawalpindi? Why are we adamant on holding the match in Lahore? Recommend

  • bashir gul
    Feb 14, 2017 - 11:11AM

    Rana sahib does not want military courts and says that Lahore is safe. The PSL final should go on and played in Lahore with or without foreign players. Recommend

  • Muneer
    Feb 14, 2017 - 12:19PM

    How Najam Sethi will ascertain opinion of the cricket fans,will he hold a referendum on the issue?. If foreign players are unwilling,how the teams playing final in Lahore will weld with the local players in a giffy and how the local players would compensate for the expertise of foreign players?.It seems he has no cricketing sense.Instead of making a mess of PSL,let final be held in Dubai,people in Pakistan and Lahore could still enjoy by watching it on the electronic mediaRecommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Feb 14, 2017 - 12:38PM

    The foreign players are right if they don’t play in Pakistan at this time, but who did it will or authorities have the guts to officially point at the beneficiaries of this blast and stopping of PSL final in Pakistan..
    Please tell us their names and stop investing in their countries….Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 14, 2017 - 12:42PM

    @Muneer I agree with every word of yours. It was already my opinion that why they are forcing the foreign players to very crime scene where Sri Lankan team was attacked? I am not against any ethnicity but PSL final can be played in Karachi or Peshawar or Faisalabad or Sialkot why force players to play in Lahore?Recommend

  • Haris
    Feb 14, 2017 - 1:15PM

    Hold it in Lahore, with or without foreign players; otherwise the terrorists (whoever they are) have already won.Recommend

  • Fact is Fact
    Feb 14, 2017 - 1:24PM

    forget abt cricket in Pakistan. People need to save their lives first. Just pathetic governance. Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Feb 14, 2017 - 2:19PM

    So, India won the PSL final .. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Feb 14, 2017 - 2:26PM

    Why Lahore? Why not Rawalpindi or Karachi? Why not any other city of Pakistan? Recommend

  • JRR
    Feb 14, 2017 - 2:31PM

    Lets respect the decision of foreign players and it they don’t feel comfortable its fine. However the final should happen in Lahore as scheduled with or without foreign players. …. Gradual progress is still progress.Recommend

  • Skn
    Feb 14, 2017 - 2:44PM

    Karachi is another option. Why does pcb want it in Lahore specifically?? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2017 - 2:46PM

    Thats what India wanted.Recommend

    Feb 14, 2017 - 3:29PM

    The brutal attack in Lahore shocked the entire country, it was not an attack it also sabotage all the efforts made by PCB to bring back the international cricket in Pakistan but unfortunately all in vain as no foreign player or a team will now ready to take risk to visit here. We are cricket loving nation but we don’t want to risk the lives of players.Secondly why the PCB insisted for the final in Lahore and not in Rawalpindi or Karachi where the law and order situation is better after the Karachi operation by police and law enforcement agencies under the National Action Plan. All and all in present circumstances the final should be played in the UAE for the safety of national and foreign players. Bad luck for Pakistani fans but safety is first.Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 14, 2017 - 4:12PM

    If we play PSL final in Lahore without foreign players then what’s the point of playing it? Without foreign players it will be just another domestic tournament. Let’s play in UAE and hope for better in the future.Recommend

  • Narveen
    Feb 14, 2017 - 4:45PM

    It is really important to have no a brand new stadium in Islamabad, Shakerparian with five star hotel facility and also having a good seating capacity, because the foreign players are terrified playing in Lahore as one incident occured there. So it is need of hour for PCB and Govt to construct Islamabad cricket stadium as soon as possible for future needs, and to ensure safty for foreign players in pakistan.Recommend

  • Faesl zeea
    Feb 14, 2017 - 4:50PM

    final should be held in lahore.. if foreign players are not willing to play in lahore, let them go as they wish,, people are saying without foreign players psl’s final is as like a domestic match…. listen to me guys!! are you watching psl?? is there any outstanding crowd attendence?? are you enjoying psl sitting back at home watching an empty stadium?? Recommend

  • Fiz
    Feb 14, 2017 - 7:48PM

    Let’s go ahead and may Allah be with us, Ameen.Recommend

  • Atif
    Feb 14, 2017 - 8:46PM

    PSL cannot succeed unless it is held in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Imtiaz
    Feb 15, 2017 - 6:08AM

    PLS final should be held in Pakistan and even next PSL should be all in Pakistan. It is for Pakistan and should be in Pakistan with or without foregion players. Otherwise it is only moneymaking for some people. Recommend

  • Khurram
    Feb 15, 2017 - 1:44PM

    There are actually other cities in Pakistan besides LahoreRecommend

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