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A match in Lahore: A desperate attempt to bring Cricket back to Pakistan

 

Pakistan Super League (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi, yesterday, reiterated the T20 league’s stance that the final of the second edition would be held in Lahore despite concerns from the international players’ association, FICA, that it posed ‘security risks’ for the players. Just a day after it was announced that the PSL’s title-deciding game will be played in Lahore, FICA Chief Executive Tony Irish, in an interview, claimed that ‘playing cricket in Pakistan for foreign teams and players constitutes an unacceptably high security risk’ citing independent security consultants. Despite the PCB’s optimism, a PSL final in Lahore remains an iffy proposition as many of the foreign stars roped in by the league have linked their participation to the security situation in the lead up to the title clash. The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has already raised a big question mark over safety issues with one of its top officials stressing that ‘playing cricket in Pakistan for foreign teams and players constitutes an unacceptably high security risk’. Pakistan will have to assuage such fears otherwise there will be little hope that the high-profile PSL final will take place in Lahore. The PSL has quickly established itself as a major T20 league but it will only serve its real purpose if it is held on Pakistani soil. At the end of the day, it is a domestic tournament featuring international stars – an event that should be played in front of domestic audiences. The state-of-the-art grounds in Dubai and Abu Dhabi look good on TV but it’s all cosmetic considering that our own stadiums continue to fade into oblivion.

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