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BCB security team for PSL final to be part of ICC delegates

Gaddafi Cricket Stadium
 Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on February 21, 2017. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been trying to revive the sport in Pakistan for a while now. International cricket came to a halt in Pakistan when the touring Sri Lankan team’s bus was targetted by terrorists, back in 2009. The PCB has been financially hit badly with the absence of home matches since their matches have been staged in the UAE and England since 2009.

Though Zimbabwe toured Pakistan for a short trip in May 2015 it didn’t change the perception. PCB is hoping to host more international teams soon as they prepare for the PSL final, in Lahore on March 5, to showcase the security in their country. Bangladesh is a potential team that the PCB is trying to get to tour Pakistan for a full series.

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The PTI on Wednesday reported that the ‘PCB is trying to convince the Bangladesh Cricket Board to send its national team to Pakistan to play a full Test series in December’. PCB suggested the BCB sends a full security team to analyse the conditions in Pakistan during the final.

However, BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhary downplayed the proposal and said the experts to be sent to Pakistan would only be a part of the ICC delegates team that would be in Lahore to analyse security. “We are sending one or two experts as part of the ICC delegates. And the whole trip will be funded by the game’s governing body. This is something that was decided in the last ICC meeting and other board members will also be sending their representatives”, Nizamuddin was reported to say.

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Pakistan fans who have been deprived the opportunity of watching international matches at home, showed great interest to watch PSL live and flocked into the UAE. The authorities, as well as the players and fans, are all excited for the PSL final as they want to prove a point with it.

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