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PM Imran Khan made a big decision after seeing empty stadiums at PSL matches in UAE

The Pakistan Super League was launched by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2015. But the tournament was held in the UAE for the last four years as intenrational cricket players refused to go to Pakistan for security reason.

When the League was launched, all the matches were held in either Dubai or Sharjah, since the UAE has long been the ‘second home’ for Pakistan cricket.

The following year the fixtures were again played in the UAE, with the exception of the final, which was held in Lahore. Last year, the two eliminator matches were held in Lahore and the final took place in Karachi.

This time around, eight matches have been scheduled to be played in Pakistan: three in Lahore and five, including the final, in Karachi.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to his special assistant, has decided to bring Pakistan Super League to the country in its entirety next year.

According to Special Assistant Naeemul Haq: “Empty stadiums at PSL matches in UAE justify PM Imran Khan s decision to move the entire PSL to Pakistan next year. Matches inshallah will be played in all the big cities of Pakistan with jam packed stadiums.”

Haq expressed confidence that the country will witness jam packed stadiums in all the big cities once the franchise is brought to Pakistan.

Javed Afridi, the chairman of the Peshawar Zalmi team, also tweeted in support of the decision.

Earlier, The Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhary in January claimed that the 5th edition of Pakistan Super Leaguue will entirely be held in Pakista.

“The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League will entirely be held in Pakistan with no matches in the UAE”, said Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of Information.

“We are taking PSL back to Pakistan in 2020 completely,” revealed Chaudhry while speaking at an event in Dubai on Sunday.

He said PSL-2019 is the last edition of the major Pakistan Twenty20 cricket tournament being held in Dubai this year.

Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry addressing. Photo: Ashfaq Ahmed / Gulf News

“I urge all Pakistanis living in the UAE to go to the stadium to watch matches as this will be last time the tournament is being held here,” he said.

The call came due to the lacklustre response from the community last year as stadium remained empty in Dubai during the last PSL matches.

“This is your country’s event, make it successful,” he said,

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has expressed the hope that the upcoming edition of PSL would be the last to be played in United Arab Emirates as “we want to shift the cricket gala event to Pakistan.”

Addressing the opening ceremony of “Maidan Saja Hai, Pakistan ki Shaan Barhana Hai”, campaign in connection with upcoming PSL-4, he said the PSL would see the glimpses of the National Stadium Karachi and the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

Karachi Kings has launched a campaign ‘Maidan Sajana Hai’ to fill the stadium across the UAE giving incentives to residents to watch matches in the stadium.

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