Next Years' PSL in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore To Provide Foolproof Security

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Friday, 26 February 2016 19:05

ISLAMABAD: If not all, at least two matches of Pakistan Super League will be played in this country next year with authorities in Karachi and Lahore pledging to provide full security, Chairman PCB executive committee Najam Sethi said on Friday.

Sethi said was determined to bring PSL next year to Pakistan where it belongs, and for this purpose league organizers were already in touch with some foreign players.

“The authorities in Karachi and Lahore are urging us to convince players to visit the country and they are ready to provide foolproof security,” he said speaking to a television channel.

I have discussed with Dean Jones and Kevin Pietersen about their views and there are positive signs, he replied to a question.

He hoped to arrange at least two matches of the PSL in Pakistan next year as, he said, the security situation is improving in Pakistan since government and army are doing their best to root out terrorism.

When asked about the financial side of the event, he said that there was a lot of money in Pakistan and people were ready to spend it on cricket.

“This year we had five teams and believe me I am receiving many offers from the people who want to buy the sixth franchise,” he added.

 “It is a win-win situation for Pakistan. We need to invest something to earn in the future and signs look brighter for the PSL team owners. All the franchise owners are more than happy and they are ready to splash more money.”

The successful organization of the PSL has multiplied the value of their brand, he added.

Speaking about the chances of an India-Pakistan cricket series, Sethi did not sound very positive, saying: "It is sad that two of the giants of Asia are not playing bilateral series."

“First of all India owes us our two home series and then we will tour India. We are ready to play our home series anywhere – UAE, Sri Lanka, or Bangladesh – and the ball is in India's court.”

“I hope there may be a series between India and Pakistan in September 2016. It will be our series and all the revenue will go to Pakistan Cricket Board,” he added.

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