KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani has declared Karachi “The Cricket City” for the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The fourth edition of PSL will commence from February 14 and conclude on March 17. The T20 tournament will span across Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi in the UAE leg, before moving to Lahore and Karachi for the concluding eight matches.
Karachi’s National Stadium will host a total of five matches, with the first of their five matches on March 7 when Karachi Kings will take on Peshawar Zalmi under lights. The other four matches will be: Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators on March 10 Qualifier 1 vs Qualifier 2 on March 13, Eliminator 2 on March 15 and the final on March 17.
Charing a meeting, the commissioner said images of cricket legends will be displayed in different parts of the metropolis during the tournament.
“Special measures are being taken to make PSL matches successful and memorable,” Shallwani said. “The surroundings of National Stadium and different areas as well roads and intersections of the metropolis will be decorated.”
Moreover, he said steps are being taken to stream the matches at different parks in the city with the support of former test cricketer Sadiq Muhammad. “Such live streaming would be arranged at about 10 parks where common cricket lovers could watch PSL matches,” Shallwani added.
While, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Friday that he would be glad if Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings play the final match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi.
He expressed this wish while talking to media just after meeting with a PSL delegation led by Fawad Rana, the owner of Lahore Qalandars at CM House.
Rana presented the chief minister an official T-shirt of the Lahore Qalandars.
He lauded Shah’s role in bringing PSL to Pakistan, particularly to Karachi. “You took ownership of PSL last year and made it a regular feature of the city,” said Rana in appreciation.
The chief minister told the Qalandars’ owner to start hunting talent from Sindh, particularly from Sehwan, the land of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in whose name he has founded his team.
Shah said that last year only one PSL match was played in Karachi and this year five matches would be played in the city. “We are very excited to host the matches here and people of this province are anxiously awaiting the events,” he said.
The chief minister provided the delegation assurances that foolproof security arrangements would be made during all PSL matches in Karachi.