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If Imran Khan comes to the stadium, we all will bow before him: Sethi

Nijam Sethi has invited 17 former Pakistan captains and players for the Independence Cup.

Imran Khan
Imran Khan of Pakistan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has said that he will welcome legendary cricketer and politician Imran Khan if he attends the Independence Cup matches, featuring Pakistan and World XI. Sethi had earlier announced that he had invited 17 former captains and legendary cricketers for the series, including Javed Miandad.

Meanwhile, Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal criticized PCB for not inviting him for the much talked about series. He lashed out at the Pakistan board for ignoring him. Miandad had earlier said that the board has not shown him enough respect while sending out the invitation.

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“This time I not only invited him but also urged him to bring his friends and relatives. Cricket is cricket and politics should have no place here. If he will come for cricket, we all will bow before him,” Sethi told ARY News.

Nijam accepts blunder

The ongoing series witnessed quite a lot of empty stands due to the high pricing of the match tickets. “We were misled by our experiences of what happened in the PSL when prices were probably the same and people paid the highest prices to come and watch (tickets cost as much as PKR 12000 or, approximately $114). These are three matches and the security is even more than that of PSL. We should’ve kept lower prices. We will learn from this experience and considerably and significantly reduce prices for the future.”

Talking about the strict security measures, which saw fans at the receiving end, as they struggled to get into the stadium, Sethi said”Of course the security was so tight, so tight that many people found it difficult to come, or were dissuaded to come. Some people set out but after an hour on the roads, they went back. But there is very little I can do about that. The Punjab government is relentless in providing top security.”

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