Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Final of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Second Edition will be held in Punjab’s Provisional Capital Lahore on 05th March. The decision was taken after a high level security meeting.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has also said that the decision of holding PSL Final in Lahore has been taken after concerning for hours. He further said that the Punjab Administration is taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety measures in and outside the Gaddafi Stadium.
After consulting w Law & Order committee & provincial/federal security institutions, decision to hold PSL Final in Lahore has been finalized pic.twitter.com/r2jRsxELTC
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) February 27, 2017
Speaking to a TV Channel, PSL Chairman Najam Sethi said that not only players but eight international security experts including those from ICC will also be there to watch the PSL Final and will also examine the security situation in Pakistan. The tickets for viewing the final in Lahore will be available from tomorrow, Sethi told. He also said that Pakistan has suffered a lot after being deprived of international cricket for about eight years.
Answering a question about foreign players’ consent, Chairman PSL claimed that the teams qualifying for the final will have to go with four foreign players and the board will ask the foreign players who are part of those teams if they wish to play the final in Lahore or not.
CM Punjab called the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and informed him about the latest proceedings of taking decision to hold the PSL Final in Lahore after concerning from all relevant institutions. PM Nawaz Sharif directed CM Punjab to ensure fool proof security measures and make the even memorable.
AML Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad and PPP Leader Qamar Zaman Qaira have welcomed the decision by Punjab Government. In a statement, Sheikh Rasheed said that it’s really great to see International Cricket paving its way to come back to Pakistan. Qamar Zaman Qaira also said that it would be great to see our own players playing in front of us. Both of them have also announced to watch PSL Final in Lahore.
With PSL Final taking place in Lahore, the excitement of Cricket Fans has no match right now. People from all over the country are expressing their thoughts on Social Media and welcoming the decision of Punjab Government of holding the PSL Final in Lahore. They believe that this would be a new beginning of revival of International Cricket in Pakistan.
Imran Khan, Javed Miandad reacts on PSL Final
Reacting on Punjab’s Government decision to hold the Final of PSL in Lahore, 1992 WC Winning Captain, Imran Khan surprisingly has termed the decision as madness and declared it as a risky move from government.
In a statement, Imran Khan said that organizing such a huge event having international players in it will be too risky as per current ongoing security situation. If God forbid, anything happens, then there would be no International Cricket in Pakistan for next Ten Years, Khan added. Javed Miandad has also backed the statement of Imran Khan and declared the event as risky under the current security consequences.