Thursday, 18 April, 2019

See you next year: PSL success boosts Pakistan's cricket revival

PM congratulates PCB LEA for successfully holding PSL in Pakistan No complacency on World Cup security - ICC chief Richardson
Cassandra Castillo | 20 March, 2019, 07:27

However, 10 years since that incident, Pakistan successfully hosted the business end of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 on their real home soil and it certainly will boost the voices of those who want the country back as an worldwide host.

A total of 26 PSL games took place in the United Arab Emirates - with mostly empty stadiums - but PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said that from next year the entire PSL schedule will take place in Pakistan. But all the matches moved to Karachi due to logistical concerns.

"This is the real power of a nation and I can't thank the fans enough for the way they got behind the tournament, supported all the teams and applauded good performances", Mani said.

"The fact is that the perception outside of Pakistan was that it was quite a unsafe place to visit in the past, and that perception slowly but surely has been changed through the good work that has been done here", said ICC chief executive Dave Richardson.

Australia start yet another series in the UAE on Friday but confidence is building among the global cricket community that Pakistan will soon regularly host regular worldwide games once again. Earlier, three of eight matches were scheduled to be played in Lahore followed by five in Karachi. I am confident we will have matches at more venues next year.

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"We had a dilemma due to the unfortunate New Zealand incident", he said. "You have seen for yourself the passion of people here and we hope to see you for all the HBL PSL matches in Pakistan next year", said Mr Mani.

"The 2019 event has shown how resilient this league is. What a way to finish things off last", Watson said. "It was also a validation that he too considered Karachi as a peaceful and cricket-loving city, while reinforcing his respect and commitment for the league".

"I want to pass on my gratitude to the local administration and all the security agencies for their hard work and cooperation". The move helped PCB to convince teams that Pakistan can host global matches again.

Mani, on behalf of the PCB, has paid glowing tributes and thanked the die-hard cricket fans, the 39 foreign worldwide players and all the local stars for making the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 an overwhelming success. It only damages cricket, he said.

"I don't think security is anything new, obviously something happening in New Zealand probably took a lot of people by surprise and it emphasised the need not to be complacent, especially going into the World Cup", ESPNcricinfo quoted Richardson as saying. "Great place to play cricket".

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