PSL – Welcome to Karachi
It is like a dream come true when the last eight matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 take place in Karachi from today.
Karachi also hosted the final of Pakistan Super League 2018 last year. Watching PSL matches in Karachi’s National Stadium is exciting for all the fans. After a very long time, a high-profile match is being played in the city.
Earlier, three matches were scheduled in Lahore, but due to a disturbance in logistics and airline schedules after the airspace closure, all Lahore matches shifted to Karachi. Now a total of eight matches including final to be played in Karachi.
Important news for the Karachiites is most international players also arrived in the city. An opening batsman for the Gladiators Shane Watson also agreed to play in Karachi. Other than him, Rilee Rossouw, Dwayne Bravo, Fawad Ahmed, Kieron Pollard, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Phillip Salt and Camron Delport.
Australian allrounder Shane Watson decided to play in Karachi after being convinced by Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Malik. He had skipped the Pakistan leg of the tournament in last year’s edition.
After getting disqualified from the playoffs Multan Sultans will have only one match in Karachi which will be played against Lahore Qalanders.
Peshawar Zalmi is the only team whose players have previously flown into the country for the earlier editions of PSL and will continue to do so this year as well, as confirmed by the owner, Javed Afridi.
Some local players showed their talent in the league and got selectors’ attention for national team’s assignments, such as fast bowlers Hassan Ali, Rumman Raees, all-rounder Imad Wasim, spinners Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Nawaz and opener Fakhar Zaman.
National Stadium Karachi is the largest stadium of Pakistan. The last international match here was played on April 3, 2019, between Pakistan and the West Indies, while the last ODI was played here a decade back on January 21, 2009.
Pakistan has played more than half of their Tests in Pakistan on this ground. They have lost just two. Once the National Stadium was known as Pakistan’s cricket fortress.
Last year, International Cricket Council’s security consultant Reg Dickason is in Karachi for the PSL final to assess security arrangement. The experts stay for seven days and conduct the security survey for the West Indies series.