Head of Pakistan Cricket Board’s Executive Committee and Pakistan Super League Chairman, Najam Sethi has hinted that a top-tier team is expected to visit Pakistan soon for a bilateral series.
Najam Sethi was talking in a show on PTV Sports, where he revealed, “We are in the process, as we speak, of finalising the dates [of the series]. I won’t say much more than that. And I hope we will give you some good news, soon.”
Najam Sethi has been trying hard to bring international cricket back in Pakistan. As an effort for that, Sethi earlier announced in the year +that the final of the second edition of the PSL will take place in Lahore.
“We prepared for PSL [final], that it will take place in Lahore. Everyone told us that it is not possible. However, we had planned everything, we had asked players to take a little extra money and we only had to convince 10 players. We had their consent on contracts, we had finalised everything and sealed the deal, and announced it.”
However, his plans hit a bump when Quetta was shaken with a huge bomb blast.
“But a blast took place in Quetta, it was a big event. Their [players’] agents started calling that we want to pull out. ‘You said it was safe but it is not’. Whenever a blast happens, everyone runs away,” he added.
But, the PSL Chairman is still positive about holding the final of PSL in Lahore, “We are still trying to work it out. I hope that nothing bad happens till February so that environment becomes conducive. And we have also taken a decision to prepare a second tier of players. Say, we need 10 players in the two finalist teams — each with five foreign players. If some of the players say that we are not ready to play, a few of them have already said that they won’t, then we should have a pool of players who can be drafted urgently.”
He also told that if the second tier players are also not ready to come to Pakistan, then they will have to shift the final to UAE.
“If the second grade players say no too and only third grade are available, then everyone will themselves say that we should not diminish the value of the final and let it happen in the UAE,” he said.