Pakistan Super League: Punjab govt gives green signal to hold final in Lahore

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday got the green signal from the Punjab government to hold the final of the second Pakistan Super League T20 tournament at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on 5 March.

Pakistan Super League: Punjab govt gives green signal to hold final in Lahore

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday got the green signal from the Punjab government to hold the final of the second Pakistan Super League T20 tournament at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on 5 March.

There were conjectures that the proposed final in Pakistan would not go ahead following blasts in the city in the recent weeks.

But after Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif gave a go-ahead to hosting of the match on Monday the T20 league will be able to make its home debut.

At the meeting which was chaired by the Chairman of the board, Shaharyar Khan and included the chief secretary of Punjab, IG Punjab police and other security officials it was announced that the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has given the go-ahead for the match.

Pakistan has not hosted a top Test-playing nation since 2009 following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore. Foreign teams have since, refused to tour the country citing security concerns. The Pakistan Cricket Board is viewing the PSL final as a showcase event to regain the confidence of foreign teams to revive international cricket in Pakistan.

It was decided that around 10,000 policemen, elite police commandoes and paramilitary rangers would provide security cover for the final in and around the Gaddafi stadium which is also the headquarters of the PCB.

The announcement comes despite concerns being expressed by some former PCB administrators and former players and critics over the huge risk involved in hosting the final at this time in Lahore.