The Pakistan leg of the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) is finally here and Karachi’s National Stadium is ready to see some mind-blowing action in the city of lights.
Eight PSL matches, including the final, is slated to be held at the National Stadium Karachi. Initially, the PCB had scheduled three matches in Lahore and five including the final in Karachi but due to the closure of Lahore airspace in the aftermath of the border tensions with India, all the eight games have now been shifted to Karachi.
Earlier, PCB invited all International Cricket Council (ICC) board members, including ICC Chief Executive David Richardson and Indian counterparts to watch the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Karachi on March 17.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has confirmed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar has refused to visit Karachi to witness the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) final on March 17.
Talking to media at the National Stadium Karachi, the Chairman said, “Manohar has refused to visit Pakistan to watch the finale of the tournament citing personal engagements.”
“However, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson will be arriving in Karachi to watch the game,” said Mani.
The board is expecting a visit of officials from Afghanistan, England, Ireland, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Talking about the upcoming matches in Pakistan, Mani said that the successful implementation of PSL would help eradicating the negative perception foreigners have towards Pakistan.
“The perception that Pakistan has among the foreigners would change after the successful implementation of PSL in Karachi,” said Mani.
Furthermore, he said, “Karachi should be proud to host eight matches of the tournament. The success of PSL in Karachi will change the thoughts of people around the world that Pakistan is safe for sports,” the Chairman said.
The PCB chief than applauded the city and provincial governments for their efforts to promote PSL. “I am thankful to the Karachi and Sindh administration for their measures at the last minute, and I am hopeful they will all be successful,” said Mani.
Tournament leaders Quetta Gladiators have reached Karachi from Abu Dhabi for the Pakistan leg of the PSL Season 4, on Thursday. The team was escorted to the hotel under strict security. Cricket enthusiasts are particularly happy over Shane Watson’s arrival in Pakistan.
Karachi Kings, Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars will arrive in Pakistan today. Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi are scheduled to reach Karachi on March 10.
(With inputs from Daily Express)