Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board invited senior officials of India, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other cricket boards to come and watch the PSL Final in Karachi and see how peaceful and cricket loving nation we are. It is, indeed a very good step and will definitely help in bringing International Cricket back to Pakistan.
The invitations were sent before the Pulwama terror attack, hence it has nothing to do with the Politics or Pakistan – India relations but due to some reasons, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) turned down PCB’s offer. The current chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC), Shashank Manohar is also an Indian and even he refused to come to Pakistan to watch the final however Chief Executive of ICC, Dave Richardson will be coming to Karachi to watch the big game.
Ehsan Mani said, “Both Khanna and Manohar have refused to visit Pakistan to watch the final of the tournament citing personal engagements. The idea behind sending the invitations is that when they come and see for themselves the arrangements for the final it will change the perception of people around the world about security in Pakistan and convince them it is safe to play international cricket in Pakistan.” Eight PSL matches will be played in Karachi from 9th to 17th March.
Three of these matches were previously scheduled in Lahore, but they were moved to Karachi due to the current law and order situation of the country. Pakistan Army, Paramilitary Rangers, Frontier Corps, and the Sindh Police are on 24/7 duty to maintain the law and order situation of the country and provide security to the foreign players.