PSL final in Lahore, no foreign player has applied for visa so far

Dunya News

However, a decision is yet to be taken by the provincial government in the issue

LAHORE (Dunya News) – No foreign cricket player out of the 56 has reportedly filed documents seeking Pakistani visa for final match of Pakistan Super League at Gaddafi Cricket Stadium.

The development has come in after the cricket authority issued a list of 56 foreign players on February 20 who had allegedly agreed to arrive in Lahore for the final of PSL 2017.

Reportedly, neither officials of Indian broadcaster that reserves the right to broadcast the final match have sought Pakistani visas nor any of the foreign players.

However, a report has been forwarded by Pakistan Cricket Board to the Chief Minister of Punjab today over security and other debatable matters.

Government of Punjab is likely to give an official stand tomorrow over whether the transnational cricket tournament will have its final match in Pakistan or not.

Law Minister of Punjab, Rana Sanaullah said that Chief Minister, Shehbaz Sharif and Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif would be consulted with before the decision.

Reportedly, the government has summoned a meeting of the apex committee on Sunday and is likely to discuss the issue and give a decision.

Debate and confusion cast a shadow over the final match’s venue after a bomb blast on Lahore’s Mall Road on February 13 claimed 14 lives. However, Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured the cricket authority and departments concerned that fool-proof security would be provided to the players and the match should be played in Lahore.

Earlier, Chairman of Pakistan Super League, Najam Sethi assured the foreign players of provision of presidential-level security in Lahore.

However, a decision is yet to be taken by the provincial government in the issue.

The league kicked off on February 9 with a grand opening ceremony in Dubai and while addressing the ceremony, Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Shehryar Khan had announced that the final match was to be played in Lahore and there were no two ways about it.