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Lahore gears up for the PSL final

Gaddafi Cricket Stadium
Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been one of the most entertaining leagues in the cricketing world this year. It has given the cricket fans some awe-inspiring games of cricket. The league saw some of the fallen stars such as Kamran Akmal rise to prominence once again while players like Shahid Afridi proved their stardom when the stakes were high.

The final of the PSL season 2 will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. For the first time in eight years, Pakistan will host an international match of this level. Just after PCB confirmed the venue of the final, there were waves of attacks from militants killing hundreds of people and injuring more than that.

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This hit the nerves of the foreign players and to add to that, there was an attack in Lahore itself in February that left fourteen people dead. Some of the players from Quetta Gladiators have opted out of the mega final. Kevin Pieterson, Luke Wright, Tymal mills and Nathan McCullum to name a few.

Wright event tweeted the reason, the tweet read, “I have a young family… a game of cricket is just not worth the risk.” On the other hand, players from Peshawar Zalmi are positive about the final. Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Samit Patel are going to participate in the final. Though the players have not confirmed it personally.

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Both the finalists will be allowed to pick up from the pool of twelve foreign players who have agreed to travel to Pakistan. As far as security is concerned, both the teams will have bullet proof buses and the security around them will be of the highest order. The 27000 fans will be guarded upon by 8000 cops.

The army, Paramilitary Rangers and the Punjab police all of these men will look after the event. Khalid Mehmood, former PCB chief said that this was our chance to stand against terrorism. He said, “Either we should have canceled the match, shut down the schools and everything and been scared of terrorists, or we should stand against this terrorism.”

If all goes right it will be a huge step towards bringing International cricket back in Pakistan.

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