Decided: With or without foreign players, PSL final will be held in Lahore

Published: February 20, 2017
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DUBAI: The final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held in Lahore whether the foreign players agree to come or not, it was decided in a meeting between PSL Chairman Najam Sethi and the five franchise owners on Monday.

“There was a high level meeting held earlier today between the PSL management and franchise owners, chaired by the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Executive Committee and the PSL, Mr Najam Aziz Sethi.

“Among various administrative and event discussions, all the team owners took time to reinforce their solidarity and conviction with the decision of taking the final of the PSL back to its rightful home, the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium, Lahore, also the head office of both the PCB and the PSL.

“It has been heart-warming to see the dedication of all the owners to the cause of taking cricket back home and there is a realisation that this final will be the first step in opening the gates to international teams starting to make the journey again. We are all committed to this mission and wish to have a thoroughly entertaining final where it should happen — in Lahore,” read the PCB press release.

Earlier it was reported that the franchise owners had showed some reservations over the staging of the final at the Gaddafi Stadium, however, after a meeting with Sethi, all the franchise owners have agreed to play the PSL final in Lahore.

A list of all the players who agree to play in Lahore will be prepared and given to the two finalists who will then pick the players through a draft.

Bangladesh players will leave on February 28 as they have to prepare for the series against Sri Lanka, along with English players, who have other commitments.

West Indies players, and other international players, will have an option to travel with the teams to Lahore. Whoever agrees to go to Pakistan will have their names on the list.

 

Meanwhile, Sethi, in a tweet, invited Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the Chief Ministers of all the four provinces to attend the final in Lahore.

Former players express their delight

Following the announcement that the final of the PSL would be held in Lahore, former players expressed their delight at the Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision, while two international players showed interest in travelling to Pakistan for the event.

Quetta Gladiators bowling coach Abdul Razzaq said that he has been waiting a long time to see such a huge tournament in Pakistan.

“This tournament has not only provided a big platform for the players to play with international stars but has highly entertaining for the fans. The final in Lahore will reignite the passion for the sport among the fans and youth of Pakistan. We had to wait a long time for this to happen and I’m sure this will send a strong and positive message to the international community,” he said.

Karachi Kings all-rounder Imad Wasim also lauded the decision and said that if people in Dubai and Sharjah enjoy these matches so much then he can only imagine how the people in Pakistan would react.

Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi’s Darren Sammy and Chris Jordan said they were looking forward to going to Lahore if their team reaches the final.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • salman
    Feb 20, 2017 - 3:13PM

    Great news. Indian proxies defeated. All the best to the organizers, Govt and security forces. Recommend

  • khayam zafar
    Feb 20, 2017 - 3:31PM

    Excellent decision and inshallah final will be a huge success. Omar Fazal Ullah if it’s your real name shame on you. You just watch how good the PSL final will be in Lahore. We all support your decision. Foreign players need not worry because they will be given presidential security. Good luck and looking forward to final in Lahore.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Feb 20, 2017 - 3:49PM

    Any sensible person can judge that India wants to isolate Pakistan and they are now using Afghans and Afghan soil to rage attacks in Pakistan. Insha’Allah by staging final in Pakistan, we will send a strong response to terrorist and their masters sitting in New Delhi, that you can wound us but you cannot break us. Time never remains the same, Insha’Allah we will be out this mess soon.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Feb 20, 2017 - 4:11PM

    Very good decisions … International cricket will return to Pakistan every country is supporting this..
    Except India and another beneficiary..Recommend

  • raheel
    Feb 20, 2017 - 4:11PM

    Brave and courageous decision. That’s the way to go ahead. Thumbs up !!Recommend

  • UHS
    Feb 20, 2017 - 4:57PM

    As a karachiite I wish they do it in Karachi, but I’m equally happy for Lahore to host the final. All the best.Recommend

  • Qamber
    Feb 20, 2017 - 5:00PM

    Cricket back home soon …!Recommend

  • Yasser
    Feb 20, 2017 - 5:45PM

    Hope sense prevails and they don’t host this until they are sure of security measures.Recommend

  • UR
    Feb 20, 2017 - 6:03PM

    Another defeat for the enemies of Pakistan. Great job Pakistan Army. Pakistan Zindabad!!!Recommend

  • Mohommed poppat
    Feb 20, 2017 - 6:15PM

    Pakistanis will be world champion in pslRecommend

  • Ammar
    Feb 20, 2017 - 6:27PM

    What PCB will achieve by this? Nothing in my opinion. Better protect interest of franchise owners rather than becoming adventurous Recommend

  • Solat
    Feb 20, 2017 - 7:38PM

    Nice to the whole nation is on a page that terrorism can’t defeat us. Best of luck.Recommend

  • Samrat
    Feb 20, 2017 - 8:53PM

    LOL! What a big deal it is fro some losers to hold a 3 hour game in their own country, without foreign players its all meaningless. Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Feb 21, 2017 - 7:29AM

    Is it me or Pakistanis are really gullible??? Anyone who has little sense can simply see that PSL is no where near IPL. Just Ben Stoke has been auctioned for 2 million dollar. Thats 0.5 million dollar less than PSL entire profit for 2016. Now why would IPL or India for that matter even bother to be worried about PSL???? if IPL has to be worried at all, it probably would do more about competition from Big Bash in Australia which is more popular and has more talented players than PSL. Just because Pakistan was once part of India, does not mean it is EQUAL to India. India has nothing to gain from doing all these attacks in Lahore however few organizations do have interest in attack PML-N’s fort,gain foothold and weaken NS govt further while blaming India and thats called killing two birds with one stone.Recommend

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