Franchise owners reluctant to host PSL final in Lahore

Published: February 19, 2017
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DUBAI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s efforts to bring international cricket back to the country suffered a blow after two franchise owners expressed concerns over holding the final of the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore.

PSL chairman has insisted that the league’s final fixture will be held in Pakistan. However, following a wave of terror across the country this week, franchise owners are reluctant to host the final in the Punjab capital.

Team owners will meet Sethi on Monday to decide the venue for the final, The Express Tribune has learnt.

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“A meeting will be on Monday to decide if the final will be held in Lahore or somewhere else,” a source privy to the matter told The Express Tribune. “Franchise owners will voice their concerns in the meeting.”

“It is not a good idea to hold the final in Lahore, especially after the terror attacks last week,” one of the franchise owners told this scribe. “God forbid if even there is one death during the match or a blast near the venue…not only Pakistan cricket will suffer, it can also put the future of PSL in danger.”

Another owner said Pakistanis should wait for one more year to welcome PSL back home. “It is a huge risk in taking these players back to Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, it is also believed that some international players may not get the NOC from their respective boards to play the fixture in Lahore.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Ali
    Feb 20, 2017 - 3:23PM

    There’s no need for finale to held in Pakistan as it can lead cricket into a great risk.for Pakistan’s cricket future ,u must not have finale over hereRecommend

  • Maham
    Feb 24, 2017 - 7:54AM

    Lahore should host the finals. It’s not fair to all the people who’s hopes you get up by saying the finals will be in Lahore. It’s definitely not their fault that Lahore got attacked. By not hosting the final in Lahore, you are just showing the terrorists that Pakistan is weak. They promised it’ be in Lahore and they should add security as needed. We are not weak we can’t show weakness.Recommend

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