Security tight as Karachi gears up for PSL final

26 March 2018, 01:08 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Security tight as Karachi gears up for PSL final

Security tight as Karachi gears up for PSL final

As the National Stadium in Karachi hosted its first high-profile game since the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test in February, 2009, Islamabad United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by four wickets to clinch its second Pakistan Super League (PSL) title in Karachi on Sunday.

Although some overseas players opted out, authorities have promised head-of-state level security at the National Cricket Stadium when Peshawar Zalmi take on Islamabad United.

He said that our team players are very much optimistic for tomorrow's final and hoped that good cricket will be played by both teams.

Match will start at 8PM PST and will be hosted at Karachi Stadium.

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Former West Indian captain and Pakistani crowd favourite Darren Sammy, who will skipper Peshawar for a second time after leading them to victory past year, lauded the country's efforts.

At least 8,000 security personnel that also included armed soldiers guard the 27,000 capacity National Stadium.

"Sethi is very courageous in his decision making", said Clarke, also the head of Pakistan Task Team formed to help revive global cricket in Pakistan.

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The provincial administration in Karachi has put up in place stringent security arrangements for Sunday's final.

That resulted in an end to global cricket in the country, and the Pakistan Cricket Board moved its home matches to the United Arab Emirates.

The success of the Lahore events have long spurred calls for similar efforts in Karachi.

Waqar Younis said that Karachi is cricket loving city and it is a very important moment for Pakistan especially Karachi that global players arrived in the country.

The city's most popular player, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, said the PSL final was "great news", adding: "Karachiites will enjoy the occasion and I am glad over it". The side had bagged the PSL in its inaugural edition in 2016.

Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators), Eoin Morgan (Karachi) and Kevin Pietersen (Quetta) all declined to accompany their respective franchises to Lahore earlier this week for two PSL elimination matches.

The size of the stadium was extended for 1987's World Cup when three worldwide matches were played.

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