Security team to visit Karachi for PSL final dress rehearsal

PCB officials will also meet IG Sindh to discuss security arrangements for the mega event

Saleem Khaliq February 07, 2018
First of Many: PSL final in Karachi will be league’s first match to be played in Pakistan’s largest city. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: A two-member security team will arrive in Karachi on Saturday to witness the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final rehearsal.

The third edition of Pakistan’s cash-rich T20 league will be played from February 22 to March 25, where the Darren Sammy-led Peshawar Zalmi will defend their title.

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All of the round matches and the first play-off will be played in the United Arab Emirates, whereas second and third play-offs will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Karachi will host the grand finale of the tournament at National Stadium, which will also be the PSL’s first match in the city.

The dress rehearsal for the mega event will take place on Sunday, for which the two-member delegation will arrive a day earlier.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials will also meet IG Sindh Police on Wednesday to discuss about the security arrangements.

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On the other hand, Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA)’s chief executive Tony Irish has refused to draw any conclusion for the final in Karachi and revealed that the organisation is currently preparing a report to assist players.

“To play or not to play in the T20 league is the player’s decision,” he said. “We don’t have any control over that. However, we provide them information from which they can make the best decision. So we are currently in the process of preparing the report for the final in Karachi.”

Talking about corruption in cricket, the Irishman believes more has to be done at the grassroots level to educate players.

“We would want to see more comprehensive approach towards dealing with corruption in cricket,” he added. “Players need to be educated, and that is not restricted to these T20 leagues only. Players should know what they can and cannot do.”


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