As the second season of the Pakistan Super League began last week, many pinned hopes on the five-team tournament to bring top-flight cricket back to the country. But with Monday’s bomb blast on Lahore’s Mall Road, the heart of the city, the chances of the league’s final of being held in the provincial capital have become bleak.
“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,” the PSL chairman said in a statement.
Before the ongoing season of PSL began, the PCB had announced its plan to hold PSL final in Lahore. The board came forward with a contingency plan to hold a draft, during the tournament, in case the foreign players refuse to travel to the country.
The PSL also held a ‘meet and greet’ event before PSL II began to brief the overseas cricketers on the security situation in the country.
Speaking to a TV channel, Sethi said the players had started to prepare their minds about playing the final in Lahore. “Right now to say whether we can convince them easily is very difficult,” Sethi said, adding that the foreign players will be more suspicious in the wake of the attack.
Pakistan has not hosted any Full Member nations, except Zimbabwe in 2015, after the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team within a kilometre’s radius of Qaddafi Stadium, the venue for the PSL final.