DUBAI: Najam Sethi, the Pakistan Super League chairman, has confirmed that the tournament’s final this year will be held in Lahore on March 5 as originally scheduled. Following a meeting between the PSL management and the franchise owners on Monday (February 20), during which the owners were briefed about the security arrangements, all five teams agreed to play the match at the Gaddafi Stadium. “It has been heart-warming to see the dedication of all the owners to the cause of taking cricket back home and there is a realisation that this final will be the first step in opening the gates to international teams starting to make the journey again,” Sethi said in a statement. “We are all committed to this mission and wish to have a thoroughly entertaining final where it should happen – in Lahore.” Even though it was decided right from the beginning to stage the final in Lahore, doubts hovered over the decision following a bomb blast in the city last week that claimed the lives of 13 people. But assurances from the army and the government helped the PSL management to stick to their original decision. There is still no clarity on the availability of the foreign players for the summit clash but the teams have already been given a list of names who are willing to travel to the city. Another draft is likely to be held before the final to pick overseas players to replace the existing ones who aren’t willing to travel for the match.
PSL management and franchisees resolve to hold Final in Lahore. We invite PM, COAS and CMs to attend the match at Gadafi Stadium.
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) February 20, 2017