Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday decided to go ahead with its plan of conducting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore despite a spate of terrorist attacks in the country.
The decision was announced by the PSL Chairman, Najam Sethi in Dubai after a meeting with the franchise owners.
A PCB statement stated the team owners reinforced their solidarity and conviction with the decision of taking the final to Lahore.
"It has been heart-warming to see the dedication of all the owners to the cause of taking cricket back home and there is a realisation that this final will be the first step in opening the gates to international teams starting to make the journey again. We are all committed to this mission and wish to have a thoroughly entertaining final where it should happen - in Lahore," Sethi said after the meeting.
The franchise owners will now talk to their foreign signings to find out if they are willing to travel to Lahore for the final if their teams qualify for it.
In case none of the foreign players presently in the PSL want to travel to Lahore the PCB will hold another players draft on 25 February with a backup list of players to give franchisees the chance to reinforce their teams.
According to Sethi, the backup list includes many of those players who have shown consent to play in Lahore but the list is short on quality and big names.
The list includes plenty of unknown names and those belonging to associate member countries including Rohan Mustafa, Devon Thomas, Jayson Muhammad, Shane Shillingford, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Shahrias Nafees, Anamul Haq, David Malan, Morne Van Wyck among others.
Others in the list include, Sachitra Senanayake, Seekuge Prasanna, Jeevan Mendis, Alex Wakely, Joshua Cobb, Nikhil Dutta, Azeem Rafiq, Danza Hyatt, Krishmar Santokie, Tino Best, Phil Mustard, Fidel Edwards, Elton Chigumbura, Max Waller, Peter Trego, Darren Stevens, Richard Levi, Miguel Cummins, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zardan, Nawroz Mangal, Farveez Maharoof, Kusal Mendis, Steve Taylor, Yasir Arafat, Rayad Emrit, Jade Dernbach, Owais Shah, Azharullah and Soumaya Sarkar.
The PCB's plan to host the final has been rocked twice this month first when a suicide bomber struck in Lahore outside the Punjab Assembly, killing 15 people and then a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan in Sindh province killing around 88 people and maiming 200 others.
There have also been a series of other terrorist attacks in Peshawar and tribal agencies, prompting the Pakistan government and security agencies along with an army to initiate a crackdown on militants and banned outfits.
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Updated Date: Feb 20, 2017 22:36:38 IST