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CM posts video of Gaddafi Stadium amidst preparations for PSL final.

Two days before the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has uploaded an inside video of Qaddafi Stadium on his Facebook account, showing the ground and stands.Along with the video, CM has uploaded the status praising the ground, weather and state-of-the-art preparations for the final.The CM specifically mentioned that cricket is not a sport for Pakistan, adding that it shows the real and resilient face of Pakistani nation in the face of tragedy.CM has urged the Pakistani nation to be united on the occasion and show the world what real Pakistan is.After much anticipation and deliberation, Punjab government and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced to conduct the PSL final in Lahore, which was highly skeptical after two recent blasts in the provincial capital.Earlier, CM uploaded a video in which he can be seen presiding a meeting to look over security arrangements forthe final.Furthermore, COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa has given the assurance of security for players and officials of tournament.The foreign players of finalists Quetta Gladiators, however, have pulled out of the final in Lahore.Major opposition party PTI’s Chairman Imran Khan has criticized the decision and called it ‘madness’. Khan holds the view the move will exhibit vulnerability of Pakistan instead of its strength.The World Cup winning captain was joined by another former skipper Javed Miandad in scepticism with regards to hosting the final in Lahore given the security situation.

 

DUBAI – A top international cricket official insisted Sunday that the final of Pakistan’s Twenty20 league must be held in Lahore despite a major bomb attack in the country last week.Giles Clarke, head of an International Cricket Council team seeking to revive cricket in the country, said the March 5 final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore would be a key part of efforts to revive cricket in the country.”PSL is Pakistan’s domestic event and its final should be held in Lahore,” Clarke told AFP from London. “It is really important that the final should be held successfully.”Clarke, who visited Pakistan last month to study security arrangements for international teams, said reviving international cricket in Pakistan will take time.”It’s a long road for the return of bilateral international cricket to Pakistan. On my recent visit, I noticed that not just the authorities but the man in the street is seeking the return of cricket to Pakistan,” said Clarke, a former chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board. “Terror has no place in our society,” said Clarke. “Terrorists should share whatever arguments they have or use ballot boxes.”Clarke praised Pakistan cricket fans. “Pakistanis are cricket fanatics and have a great knowledge of cricket and I am sure they want to see their heroes and their own players playing at home and enjoy thrilling matches.”Talking to DawnNews, Clarke said holding the PSL final in Lahore would send a strong message to terrorists that “we will not bow down to them”.”I have a very strong opinion that we should never, ever allow terrorism and terrorists to dictate what we do. Terrorists have no place in our society or anywhere on earth,” Clarke said.”Pakistanis are cricket fanatics and have a great knowledge of cricket and I’m sure they want to see the best players playing at home and enjoy thrilling matches.”Clarke said he was impressed with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Punjab government’s efforts to provide the best security for the PSL final.He appreciated “the massive investment made… the determination of the people of Punjab, and the dedication they show (for holding the PSL final in Lahore). It is critical, in my judgement, that Pakistan succeeds in doing so.”Clarke hinted that he will visit Lahore when the final will be played there. He praised the standards of the PSL, saying that he enjoyed some of the “thrilling matches”. “There is a lot of unpredictability about games and it is exciting… The premier domestic event of Pakistani cricket must be held in Pakistan so that the people of Pakistan are able to watch and enjoy cricket.”Fate of final to be decided on Monday: The owners of all five Pakistan Super League franchises will sit with the league’s management tomorrow to discuss whether the final could be played in Lahore or not. The meeting is likely to finally decide the fate of PSL final, which was earlier scheduled to be held in Lahore on March 5th. “Najam Sethi, the chairman of PSL, will brief the franchise owners about the arrangements made for the final,” said a source. “Franchise owners will also share their point of views regarding the final, and most of the team owners have concerns over playing the final in Lahore,” the source added.At least two franchise owners have, off the record, expressed their concerns over the final in Lahore. Foreign players are also reluctant to speak and discuss the matter of playing final in Lahore. Clouds of uncertainty currently loom over the final of the tournament, which is scheduled to be held in Lahore next month.KP, Sammy yet undecided: Quetta Gladiators’ Kevin Pietersen and Peshawar Zalmi’s Darren Sammy said they hadn’t made up their minds yet about visiting Lahore for the planned final of the PSL.Talking to journalists in Sharjah after his 42-ball-88 that took the match away from Lahore Qalandars, Pietersen said that it is not yet the time to think about whether to visit Lahore or not for the final of PSL 2017. “I don’t know, I am not so sure. I am going to wait and see. I will take a decision if Quetta get there, then I will make a decision,” KP said.Sammy said: “Right now, I am not really looking forward to the final. I can see the tournament is wide open. We need to get to the final first and I am telling my guys to just focus and play some good cricket now. When that time comes, we will look into it,” said Sammy, who has never travelled to Pakistan in his entire career.

 

It has been decided by the authorities in Dubai that the final PSL match will be held in Lahore on 5 March, reported Waqt News. Security conditions were also discussed. It is still under consideration if foreign players would take part or not.Few days ago COAS Qamar Bajwa has assured of providing proper security for the event.

 

KARACHI: Chairman of PSL Najam Sethi has said that a new draft will be presented to respective franchises and their players on Feb 22 to make a decision on whether the league’s final will be held in Lahore or not.Speaking in a talk show last night he said that the board is in contact with International Cricket Council on the spot-fixing scandal and in light of it, Test cricketer Nasir Jamshed was suspended.He said that PCB`s Anti-Corrouption-Unit, which have former officers of intelligence agencies, pursued investigations against Sharjeel Khan and Nasir Jamshed in a very responsible manner, further adding that the PSL authorities have solid proofs against the duo cricketers.Najam Sethi informed that Sharjeel has admitted his role in the fixing and he is apologising for his role. He would be handed over the charge sheet in two days.He informed that the PSL authorities have the mobile phones of the duo and have received many other valuable information in relation to the case from it.“If we had not stopped it now, these issues would have been coming up regularly,” he said. “The franchise is concerned of the developments but they are with us on the same page to eradicate corruption from the league. Sangakara and Dean Jones have appreciated our actions.”Sethi added that he would go to extra mile to make sure that the league is transparent.

KARACHI: Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar has made an offer to Pakistan Cricket Board today, to hold the final of the ongoing Pakistan Super League in Karachi stadium.Speaking to the media, Waseem Akhtar said he will make sure Karachi hosts the final in the grandest way possible.“I take responsibility for ensuring that Karachi hosts the PSL 2017 final in a grand style,” Akhtar said.Clouds of uncertainty currently loom over the final of the tournament, which is scheduled to be held in Lahore next month. The PCB insists the final will be held in Lahore, with or without foreign players. PSL Chairman Najam Sethi has meanwhile left it to the fans’ discretion whether they want the final in Lahore without international players or in Dubai with international players.PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan on Wednesday reiterated the board’s resolve to hold the PSL final in Lahore.“We have told the government we are organising the final in Lahore,” he said yesterday.Najam Sethi has emphasised that if fans want the PSL final to be held in Lahore, the PCB would honour their wish.Questions have been raised on whether the PSL final will still be held in Lahore following a bomb blast in the city which claimed 14 lives on Monday.