Pakistan Super League (PSL) chairman Najam Sethi held a meet and greet session with foreign players and coaches in Dubai ahead of the second edition of the league.
Sethi gave them an overwhelming welcome and thanked them to be a part of this wonderful league. He also briefed them about the security situation in Lahore and the safety arrangement they have put in for the final of PSL 2017.
PSL chairman told players that Giles Clarke visited Lahore recently and was quite satisfied with the security situation.
“Giles Clarke and his team visited Lahore last month and were hugely impressed by the security arrangements. The government has also made a huge investment in securing the city and has assured us to provide fool-proof security to the players who will travel to Lahore for the PSL final,” he said.
He further revealed that they will invite reputed security firms to Dubai from other parts of the world to satisfy players’ concerns about security threats in Pakistan.
“We will provide detailed briefings in the days ahead and the players who travel for the final will be making a monumental contribution for passionate followers of the game in Pakistan,” he said.
Ramiz Raja, who is the brand ambassador for Pakistan Super League, told foreign players that once they will play in Pakistan, they would like to visit the country again.
“Once you taste the flavour of cricket in Pakistan, you will come to realize how welcoming the crowds are. I am hoping that cricket can be brought back to Pakistan, which will be a huge contribution to the emotions of the cricket fans in the country,” said Ramiz.
The Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram highlighted that he grew up seeing the world’s best cricketers play in front of him which inspired them to become a cricketer and lack of international cricket in Pakistan is hurting the sport in the country.
“While growing up I saw legends like Michael Holding, Sunil Gavaskar and many more play in the stadiums in front of me which was hugely inspiring. It is vital that cricket returns to the country; Pakistanis are passionate about the game,” he said.
He also shared with foreign cricketers that Shaniera Akram, who is an Australian, is living is Karachi for the past four years and she is loving every bit of it.
“Trust me, everyone who travels to Lahore for the final will be treated like heroes in the country and their contribution will be remembered by Pakistanis for a long time. The passionate followers of the game will be hugely welcoming and thankful,” he added.
Karachi Kings’ owner Mr. Salman Iqbal and former captain Shoaib Malik also assured them that Lahore will be a safe venue to play the final of this glorious tournament.