Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Murad Ali Shah in a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi on Friday in Karachi promised a historic Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Karachi, reaffirming his commitment towards bringing international cricket back to the metropolis.
The CM, during the meeting, noted that Karachiites are very excited about the opportunity to finally witness the Twenty20 spectacle, and directed Inspector General of Police (IGP) A.D. Khawaja to procure armoured buses so as to ensure security for the visiting cricketers.
"I wish to bring international cricket to Karachi," the CM said.
"The people of Karachi are excited for the PSL final," he said. "I will make sure it's a historic event in every way."
Furthermore, the CM told the IGP and Deputy DG Rangers to perform a "full dress rehearsal" of security drills for the final within 30 days, which he believed "would give the international community confidence in Pakistan's security measures".
The senior superintendent police security, meanwhile, was directed to pay special attention to the setting up of barriers at entry and exit points of the National Stadium which is currently undergoing renovation work in anticipation of the March 25 final.
Also in attendance during the meeting were the home secretary, principal secretary, additional inspector general Karachi and commissioner Karachi.
The third edition of the PSL will kick off in the United Arab Emirates from February 22, with the opening match to be played between defending champions Peshawar Zalmi and new entrants Multan Sultans.
While the majority of the tournament will take place at Dubai and Sharjah's stadia, the two eliminator games will be staged in Lahore before the big finale happens in Karachi.