PSL final confirmed in Lahore

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Staff Report

DUBAI: Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) on Monday confirmed that the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) – 2017 would definitely be held in Lahore.

This has been decided after a meeting of the PCB management with all the franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai.

This decision has widely been welcomed by cricket lovers and former players in Pakistan. The final match will be played on March 5 at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan.

It was announced the owners of the five (PSL) franchises have agreed that their teams will travel to Lahore should they qualify for the final.

Since the beginning of the second edition of the PSL it has been reiterated by the PCB that the final would be held in Lahore, but that status has been shaken up by a series of bombings in Pakistan over the last week.

Most pertinent for the venue was a bombing on a major thoroughfare in Lahore last week, near the Punjab assembly, which claimed the lives of 13 people. But the entire length and breadth of the country has been rocked by a wave of bombings in the last week, including one at a shrine in Sindh which killed 88 people. The support and assurances from the federal government, from the Punjab government and perhaps most importantly from the army, has meant that the PSL has felt confident enough to pursue Lahore.

“It has been heartwarming to see the dedication of all the owners to the cause of taking cricket back home,” PSL chairman, Najam Sethi said. “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,” Sethi added.

During the meeting on Monday, the owners of the Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars franchises raised concerns about the security of players and the general public if the match were to be played in Lahore, concerns that were eventually assuaged by Sethi.

“We are positive about the PSL final but we will have to convince our players,” said Salman Iqbal, the owner of the Karachi franchise.