KARACHI: The doors for the revival of cricket in Karachi are set to be opened soon as the Pakistan Cricket Board has agreed to hold four matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February next year.
PCB chairman Najam Sethi on Wednesday met Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at CM House to iron out the security arrangements. During the meeting, the chief minister offered to organise PSL matches in Karachi and provide fool-proof security.
“The provincial government would provide you security as per PCB standards,” he said. The chief minister termed the forthcoming PSL matches as good news for the people of the province particularly Karachi.
CM Sindh spoke to Director General Rangers Major-General Mohammad Saeed and Inspector General Police AD Khowaja and fixed meeting with PCB Security in charge Col Azam to discuss the security arrangements.
He also urged Mr Sethi to hold some matches of West Indies in Karachi during their visit to Pakistan next year.
They also discussed the renovation of National Stadium at the earliest. Sethi, who visited the stadium earlier, told the chief minister that he had discussed renovation of the stadium with NESPAK who agreed complete in a minimum time period.
The chief minister assigned the task of coordination between Sindh government and PCB over security arrangement and other matters to his principal secretary.
Earlier, Sethi has said that a lot of obstacles would be removed if they received the green light from the International Cricket Council and said a security team would visit the city soon.
He said time was scarce and the National Stadium is a poor condition and needs to be renovated within four months for which a budget of Rs1.5 billion rupees has been allocated.