PSL management, franchise owners decide to hold final in Lahore


DUBAI: The Pakistan Super League (PSL) management and the owners of the team franchises on Monday decided that the final for the tournament will be held in Lahore.
A meeting between the PSL management and franchise owners was held in Dubai.
Earlier, due to security concerns arising from a bombing in Lahore, there was speculation that the PSL final may not be held in Pakistan, with many international players voicing their concerns over security.
Javed Afridi, owner of the Peshawar Zalmi, said that in national spirit they have decided to remain on the same page, “Cricket is what unites the nation, the decision on the final was made in the meeting with PSL chairman Najam Sethi.”
Yesterday, star player Shahid Afridi had urged that the PSL season two final should be held in Pakistan during a post-match press conference. “The final, as announced, should be held in Pakistan, with or without international players,” he said. “This is about respect, we can play with our local players but I request overseas players who have supported PSL to also come to Pakistan and continue their support,” he had added. “Pakistan Cricket Board should look at the situation and if things are not working out [in Lahore], we have options,” he said adding, “We have Pindi stadium, we have stadium in Karachi. I hope the cricket board will take good decision.”
PSL Chairman Najam Sethi had promised cricket fans in Pakistan that the final will be held in the city of Lahore, even in the absence of foreign players, if the fans do not want the venue to change following last week’s bombing.
“The foreign players have refused to play the final in Lahore after Monday’s blast, but if the citizens of Pakistan want the final of PSL to be held in Lahore despite foreign players not participating in the final, then the final will be held in Lahore,” Sethi had said in his statement.
Former England and currently Quetta Gladiators batsman Kevin Pietersen had said he had yet to decide whether to come to Pakistan or not if the PSL final is played in Lahore, and that he will decide on the matter once his team reaches the final. “I haven’t decided to go or not as yet, I will take the decision regarding coming to Pakistan if my team reaches the final,” said Pietersen.
Earlier last week, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar said that he would like the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold the final match of the PSL in the metropolis.
He said this while speaking to media in Karachi and also tweeted about it, promising support to organise the event in every way.
Last week’s suicide attack in Lahore raised concerns over whether the tournament’s final would be held in the country. Pakistan was outcast from the international cricketing arena after a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers came under a gun and grenade attack in Lahore on March 3, 2009. Seven players and an assistant coach were wounded, while eight Pakistanis were killed in the attack.


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