BREAKING NEWS (20th February): It’s been confirmed that the Pakistan Super League teams have agreed to play the final in Lahore but there are a few overseas players who have expressed their concern about it. Click here for more details.
Things took a serious turn after a bomb blast left 13 dead in Lahore but PSL chairman has said the final will still be played in Lahore if the cricket fans wanted to that to happen.
The bomb blast has raised security issues yet again following PCB’s decision to shift the final of the Pakistan Super League back to Pakistan. Last season all PSL games were held in UAE while this year’s tournament was expected to feature the final in Lahore after the previous games were hosted by Dubai and Sharjah.
In a media release, Sethi said: “If the nation says the PSL final should be held in Lahore, despite the unwillingness of foreign players to come to Pakistan following today’s tragedy, then the final will be held in Lahore with Pakistani players.”
And despite the blast, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah expressed his confidence that Lahore would have no problems in hosting the PSL final and safety was not a concern.
Sethi spoke to GEO TV and asked the Pakistan cricket fans whether the PSL final should be held in Pakistan even if the foreign players decide not to fly to Lahore for the game.
“The nation needs to tell us what they want. If they are determined that we have a PSL final in Lahore without foreign players, then that is what will happen.”
“I am ready, at any cost, for the PSL final to be held in Lahore. I am only waiting now for the nation to tell us what they want,” he said.
This security issue around hosting the PSL final comes at a time when the tournament is reeling from another scandal, a spot-fixing issue which has seen the PCB provisionally suspend a bunch of cricketers and question a few others about their role in it.
Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were sent back to Pakistan and now news has emerged that Nasir Jamshed has also been provisionally suspended for similar reasons.