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Pakistan vow to host PSL final despite Lahore blast
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Pakistan vow to host PSL final despite Lahore blast

We are committed to hosting the final in Lahore as our people want it there and it will be a step towards reviving international cricket. — PSL chairman Najam Sethi


Pakistani cricket officials have vowed to stage the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore next month, despite a suicide bomb blast which killed 13 people there this week.


The first two rounds of the PSL are being played in Dubai and Sharjah, but organisers had planned the March 5 final in Lahore, vowing "head of state security" for international players.


" Those who do not want to go will be replaced with other foreign players who are available for Lahore "

However multiple suicide attacks in Pakistan this week, including Monday's bomb in Lahore, put those plans in jeopardy.


"We are committed to hosting the final in Lahore as our people want it there and it will be a step towards reviving international cricket," PSL chairman Najam Sethi told AFP Thursday in Dubai. "VVIP security is ensured."


Sethi said international players competing would be asked by February 22 if they are willing to go to Lahore should their team make the final.


"After that those who do not want to go will be replaced with other foreign players who are available for Lahore," he said.

— AFP