After hosting the PSL-II final, a three-match series against ICC World XI, and one T20I against Sri Lanka in Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking at the options to take top-flight cricket to Karachi.
It is contemplating to host at least one PSL-III fixture in Karachi. PCB chairman Najam Sethi has been suggested to organise the final of the T20 league in the metropolis, which he is taking seriously.
“We have been advised to host two play-offs in Lahore and the final of the tournament in Karachi,” Sethi, who is also the PSL chairman, said at the PCB headquarters. “We will be working on the suggestion in the coming days. We need your prayers. It has been my old promise with the residents of Karachi to host the final in their city.”
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The PSL has proved to be a gateway for the return of international cricket in the country. The successful staging of the final between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators paved way for ICC World XI – which had players from top-seven Test playing nations – to visit Lahore for a three-match T20I series. On Sunday, the Sri Lankan cricket team returned to Lahore, eight years after they were attacked outside the Qaddafi Stadium, to play the last T20I of the three-match series.
“The team was scared initially but now it is feeling safe because of the security [we have been provided],” Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera said in a press conference before the toss. “The Pakistani people have welcomed us really, really well. It is an honour to lead my country, especially in Pakistan.”
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Sri Lanka arrived in Lahore in the wee hours of Sunday and left for Abu Dhabi a couple of hours into Monday morning. They were escorted by presidential-level protocol throughout their 24-hour stay in the provincial capital.
The West Indies are also expected to tour Pakistan in mid-November for three T20Is in Lahore. The PCB has worked out the schedule for the series and awaits it Windies’ counterpart’s response, revealed Sethi.
During the World XI’s tour, Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameroon had made his intentions clear about bringing the West Indian team to Pakistan in a press conference in Lahore. However, the tour was subject to the safe and smooth execution of the World XI and Sri Lankan tours.