KARACHI: Chairman PCB Najam Sethi’s efforts have been met with equal enthusiasm from the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah who has assured his government would provide complete security to the players and he would personally accompany them if needed.
Cricket fans in Karachi will be treated to not one but four PSL matches in February. To make this possible, Sethi told the chief minister the National Stadium in Karachi will be restored with the help of the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK).
Responding in kind Shah told the PCB chairman that he wants to see international cricket return to Karachi at the earliest. He assured providing full security to the visiting players and added that if the PCB chairman wants he will accompany the players from the airport himself.
Sethi who arrived late on Tuesday night for the important meeting discussed security and coordination of police with rangers and the army for holding PSL matches in Karachi.
“I am trying to convince all parties to play in Karachi, CM and Rangers for security, franchises for foreign players, ICC security firm for green light and authorities to complete work in National Stadium within due time,” Sethi had told journalists when he arrived in the city late last night.
SL team Rumours Dismissed
He also brushed aside negative reports regarding the arrival of Sri Lankan team and said that the visitors will field a full-strength team for the T20 series.
“Not only players, but SLC officials are also coming. We will also host a meeting of ACC’s development committee ahead of the match in Lahore and delegates from different countries will participate in that meeting,” said the chairman PCB.
He highlighted that the PSL final in Lahore encouraged the World-XI team to undertake Pakistan tour, and the successful tour by the World XI team encouraged Sri Lanka on agreeing to visit Pakistan this month.
“A video briefing was provided by security experts to ICC during the meeting in Auckland, regarding our arrangements in Lahore, and everyone was impressed to see our arrangements,” he said.
“Even the security experts said that they’ve never seen such foolproof security ever in the world,” added the chairman PCB.
Sethi said that the report by these experts brushed asides all the doubts in other member boards and they made the commitment to tour Pakistan.
“Sri Lanka and West Indies said that they’re a bit uncertain before but the report made them convinced and they agreed to tour Pakistan,” he said.