Lahore to Host the PSL Final match on March 7
Najam Sethi reconfirms PSL Final 2017 to be played in Lahore
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Pakistan Cricket Board head and PSL chairman Najam Sethi will speak to all the team owners regarding the security measures in place for the final of the Pakistan Super League. The PSL 2017 final is expected to be played in Lahore on March 7 after the entire competition will be hosted in the UAE.
The information on the PSL 2017 final tickets will be announced at a later date. What one would now hope for is that the psl final tickets would all be sold to the fans and not given away to sponsors and corporates instead.
PSL Final Tickets Price 2017: The ticket prices for the Imran Khan enclosure and Fazal Mahmood enclosure of the Gaddafi stadium may be priced around PKR 10,000 – PKR 12,000. The tickets for the general enclosures of the stadium having no chairs may be sold at a starting price of PKR 500. No free passes available.
Speaking to the media, Sethi confirmed yet again on Monday, the 6th of February that the PSL 2 Final will be hosted at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore despite recent assertions by the FICA that it might not be safe for players to visit Pakistan just yet.
Sethi said: “I want to reiterate on this occasion that the final of the PSL will be in Lahore. Let there be no confusion about that. Tomorrow at 11am, there will be a meeting with all the franchise owners and foreign players where I will give details of the preparations we are making for security and safety for Lahore, which will be endorsed for their satisfaction by the ICC and other player associations.”
Interesting to note in that chat with the media is the confidence Sethi has in getting the acceptance for security from the other player associations despite FICA’s caution. England Cricket Board president Gilles Clarke did visit Pakistan recently to get a firsthand view of how the security would function but even he hadn’t given an unconditional green signal, exerting caution about things.
Clarke did speak to the other board members around his Pakistan trip but whether that will be enough for them to allow them to send their teams to Pakistan remains to be seen. That said, however, it could be a different thing from their own domestic tournament in PSL to be played in Pakistan and for foreign players to decide whether or not they wanted to be a part.
According to a recent report in ESPNCricinfo.com, the PCB said it has been decided that the players who were unwilling to travel to the country would be replaced in a new Draft that would be held in the last week of February. In case of the distinct possibility that no overseas player decides to travel to Pakistan, the PSL might bring in Pakistan cricketers to feature in the final.
According to PCB’s head of executive committee, Najam Sethi, the draft draw will be made on which teams make the final and which of the players from those teams refuse to travel to the country to feature in the game. He added: “We will probably need about five to ten players for Lahore, and those players who would be available from the discarded three teams who can then get picked through this draft for the final.” Recently, Sethi also confirmed that PSL 3 2018 final will be held in Karachi.
Some of the things that the PCB have done with respect to ensuring the PSL final can be held in Lahore are:
- Got assurances from Punjab government and security agencies.
- Trying to make a fly-in, fly-out arrangement in order to ensure they don’t spend too much time in the country
- Provide ‘head of state’ level protection for players which includes bullet-proof buses, CCTV monitoring and police escorts throughout their stay.
The international players’ association, FICA is yet to give a green signal to the plan though and has said there are still risks involved with playing cricket in Pakistan for overseas players. An independent assessment is still to be completed, however, and that will play a big role in the foreign players deciding for or against featuring in the final.
What do you think of this move by the PCB? Do you think the PSL final in Lahore will take place?