Pakistan’s IB Minister hopeful of hosting all PSL games in the country next year
Eight matches this season will be played in Pakistan.
Published - Jan 30, 2019 2:19 pm | Updated - Jan 30, 2019 2:19 pm
The Pakistan Super League (PSL), in a short duration, has tasted some great success. Some of the best cricketers from around the globe often feature in the league and it has witnessed some high-intensity games. The league has also contributed a massive part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan.
However, one shortcoming of the PSL is that a majority of the matches are hosted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE has been Pakistan’s adopted home since the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in 2009. Due to the security concerns, players usually back off from playing in Pakistan. However, the PCB and the Pakistan government are making all possible efforts to host the entire league at home. IB Minister Fawad Chaudhry seemed optimistic about the same.
Efforts being made to bring more crowds to the stadiums this time
“Our prayers, efforts and intention is that this should be the last PSL (Pakistan Super League) series in Dubai because we want to take PSL back to Pakistan after this,” Chaudhry said during his speech in Dubai as quoted by Khaleel Times.
The fourth edition of the PSL commences from 14 February and the final will be played on 17 March. A total of eight games in this edition, including the final, will be played in Pakistan. Lahore and Karachi are the two venues chosen in the country to host these eight matches.
The PSL games in Dubai witnessed a low turnout last year. Hence, the officials are trying to draw more audience to these matches. Chaudhry also appealed to the fans to UAE to make this edition of the league a successful one. Faisal Javed, a member of the Senate, also saw the need to populate grounds to make the event successful.
“We will make every effort to populate grounds and make PSL successful. We will try that PSL breaks all previous records. Crowd was less during last edition but this time we will do our best to fill the grounds,” Javed said.