Troops deployed as Gaddafi Stadium prepares for PSL finale

Troops deployed as Gaddafi Stadium prepares for PSL finale

Punjab Police and Rangers conducted a joint security survey of the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Tuesday as the venue prepares to host the final of the on-going Pakistan Super League (PSL) on March 5.

The survey was attended by PSL chairman Najam Sethi and some other members of the PSL management.

The Government of Punjab on Monday gave a go-ahead to the PSL organisers to stage the finale of the country’s franchise-based mega cricket league after weeks of speculation.

“A cabinet committee for peace held an important meeting here on Monday… The committee with the consultation of all federal and provincial security institutions decided to hold the Super League final in Lahore,” said a Punjab government press release.

Sethi has announced Lahore as the host for the final before the start of the second PSL season but there were doubts due to the questionable security situation in the country.

The doubts became stronger following a wave of terror attacks that swept through different parts of Pakistan, Lahore being targeted twice.

But Punjab government’s latest decisions has cleared the air and Sethi’s plans to host the final in Lahore will materialise come Sunday.

Contingents from both Police and the Army will be deployed in and around the stadium while spectators will have to park their vehicles 400 yards away from the venue.

They will also have to carry their National Identity Cards (NIC) for biometric verification.

Players have been promised Five-tier security to be provided to them while they travel to and from the stadium.