PM, COAS congratulate PCB, security forces for successfully hosting PSL in Pakistan

Tanya Simon
March 22, 2019

"I think they've done a tremendous job and the level of comfort is growing all the time among the foreign players", Richardson said during the final of PSL 2019 between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi in Karachi, ESPNcricinfo reported.

Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) effort to bring top-drawer cricket back to the country, which saw the success of Pakistan Super League, has "changed the perception" about the country so far as hosting the worldwide matches is concerned, says ICC CEO David Richardson.

He said the ICC has been trying to support Pakistan is bringing global cricket back to the country and hosting PSL matches in Pakistan was "a great step in achieving that".

"We are expecting that over 80 million people will watch today's final on TV", said Muaaz Ahsan, director programming and brands for Geo TV, whose sports channel Geo Super is broadcasting the tournament. Over the 34 games played in this season, television viewership has increased by hundreds of thousands of viewers per match, and tickets for all eight games played in Karachi, including Sunday's final, were sold out, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the governing body of the sport in the country.

"I know some security officials from Australia and other countries have come to see the matches here". This victory of the sport will only give Pakistan Cricket the boost they need to move ahead.

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"PSL is a profitable activity for cricketers, PCB, franchise owners, TV broadcasters and above all Pakistan", he said.

Cricket teams have previously abandoned tours because of security fears but most had been in South Asia, including Bangladesh which Australia decided against touring in 2015.

"We are ready for the final", said Mr Mani. Pakistan is a special place who's people are extremely passionate about the game of cricket and deserve to play this great sport in their own country! The first 26 matches of PSL were played in United Arab Emirates and only the last eight in Pakistan's seaside metropolis of Karachi.

The premier tweeted, "Congratulations to PCB, all the organisers and security forces for holding a successful PSL extravaganza in Pakistan". Shane Watson, the Australian all-rounder from the winning team was the highest run-maker in the PSL 2019 and was declared player of the tournament as he scored 430 runs at an average of 43 in 12 matches.

Dave Richardson on Monday declined any threat to the India-Pakistan World Cup match, saying both the teams were bound by an agreement.

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