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PSL ticket sale off to slow start in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Tickets sale for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Pakistan stage got off to slow start in Islamabad at TCS Express Centre with penalty of higher amount tickets still available for sale while fans are finding it hard to purchase tickets having lesser amount.
The HBL PSL Pakistan stage commences from Thursday, March 7 with a match between Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi at the National Stadium Karachi. The double header match tickets along with play-off matches are now available for sale at 55 different TCS Express Centres in the country at one Centre in Islamabad and three in Rawalpindi.
The prices of tickets for the five matches to be played in Karachi will be from Rs500 to Rs 12,000, while the prices tickets for the three matches to be played in Lahore will be from Rs 1,000 to Rs 12,000.
“We have matches tickets available at our Express Centre. We have also sold good number of tickets today,” TCS representative Fatmah when contacted said.When asked a how many tickets the TCS Islamabad sold altogether Monday, she said she was not authorized to reveal that. Another TCS official on the condition of anonymity said that they have got good number of tickets of higher prize amount available with them.
“It is just a start and hopefully with the time the sale would increase further,” he said. There were no long queues neither there was any urgency on the part of cricket followers to be the first to buy tickets. Cricket fans however have their reservations on the high cost of tickets. “Even last year I bought couple of tickets, paying twelve thousand rupees for two. But we had to sit on chair in open with no facilities of worth mentioning available. Time has come for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to think in terms of putting the earned money back on the stadiums where these matches are being stage. Sadly that has not been the case,” Faisal Suleman who works at a private firm said. He said that if PCB had earned around $ 36 million as a TV rights amount for the next three years, the major chunk should be diverted towards improving facilities at venues where these matches would be planned in future. “There are good chances that from next year onward Pakistan stadiums would host majority of matches. In that case you need improved and renovated stadiums,” he said.
‘Young players learnt pressure-handling through PSL’ says Inzamam
Former Test cricketer and current Pakistan cricket team’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has played an important role to teach young players that how to play in pressure situations.
While talking to the ARY News in Sharjah, Inzamam said that playing in front of the huge crowd gives players a unique experience.
“PSL is different from domestic cricket because here a huge number of people come to the stadium to watch matches which indeed help players gain exposure,” he said.
Great batsman of his era, Inzamam said that the PSL has given talented players who have represented Pakistan strongly at international level.
“Young emerging players came through this platform and achieved worthy for the national team,” he said.
Inzamam also revealed that he has a close eye on some of the players who have done good so far in this season of the league. “I have found some of the impressive emerging players who can do well n future,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the first phase of the fourth edition of the league has been completed as all teams have played five matches each. Quetta Gladiators are on top with eight points followed by Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United on second and third with same points (6) but different run rate.
Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings are placed at fourth and fifth respectively on the basis of run rate. Multan Sultans are at the sixth spot after winning just a match out of five matches they have played so far.
No PSL link at the top of the Cricinfo homepage, yet they have the IPL link which hasn't even started.
PSL security: Full-dress rehearsal held in Karachi
KARACHI: A full-dress rehearsal of the security arrangements of Pakistan Super League (PSL)-season 4 matches was held in Karachi today (Sunday), ARY News reported.
During the rehearsal, the security forces – comprising Rangers, police and other law enforcement agencies – conducted a drill transporting team from airport to hotel and subsequently moving them to stadium.
The rehearsal was conducted at Nipa roundabout, Karsaz, Dalmia, Jail chowrangi, and other nearby arteries.
The traffic police and other law enforcers have become more vigilant and reviewed the security plan after remaining matches of the PSL were also moved to Karachi from Lahore.
The contingent of police and Rangers will be deployed along routes of National Stadium, and hotel (where the teams including foreign players will stay).
According to officials, at least 1000 traffic sergeants will be deployed around the National Stadium during matches of the PSL, while more than 13,000 security personnel including Rangers and police officials will perform duties near venue of the matches.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah confirmed that Karachi will be hosting all the remaining matches of the PSL.
“Two years back, I asked for one match and this year all matches are being played here in Karachi, I have accepted this challenge”, Syed Murad Ali Shah said while talking to journalists in Karachi.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rescheduled the remaining matches also, the matches which were scheduled to start from March 7 earlier, now will take place between March 9 until 17.
Yup. PSL score updates are at the bottom of cricinfo..they are more concerned with covering Indian domestic matches. Unsurprisingly.
Foreign consultants visit National Stadium Karachi to review security arrangements
International Cricket Council’s (ICC) security consultants on Monday visited National Stadium, Karachi to examine arrangements for Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches.
The consultants visited the ground, stands as well as the pavilion. Security was beefed up around the stadium during the tour. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) security in-charge gave a briefing to the ICC representative regarding the matches.
Pakistan was to host eight PSL 4 matches, five in Karachi and three in Lahore. Amid the political crisis between Pakistan and India, staging of matches in the country fell in jeopardy. But, on Sunday, Chairman PCB Mr Ehsan Mani announced that all eight matches will be played in Karachi due to logistical and operational challenges posed by the “delayed opening of Lahore airspace for commercial flights”.
‘We are ready to make PSL successful’ says Murad Ali Shah
The Cheif Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah aims to make the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Pakistan leg successful by showing the world that we are a cricket loving nation.
“We are ready to host yet another successful stint of the PSL in Karachi,” said Shah while addressing media at National Stadium Karachi on Monday.
The CM is optimistic to provide best possible facilities to the fans during the matches in Karachi as they are looking forward to make this event better than last year.
“The things will get better this year and people will enjoy their time in the stadiums,” said Shah who overviewed the preparations in the stadium ahead of the event.
He said that the security plan has been finalised and all law enforcement agencies are working overnight to take this event on next level. “The fans need to cooperate with security personnel who will be there to protect them,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that now all eight matches of the PSL’s Pakistan leg will take place in Karachi after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shifted the matches from Lahore to the city of lights due to logistical and operational issues.
The opener of Pakistan leg of the league will be played between Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.
‘I feel safe here’ says foreign Spidercam operator on his visit to Karachi for PSL
Thomas Sterner, a foreign Spidercam operator, called Karachi a safe place where all kind of sporting events can take place easily.
Sterner, who is a part of the production company which is to telecast the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Pakistan leg in Karachi, while talking to the ARY News said that there are no security problems in Karachi and he is looking forward to a successful stint of the league.
“To be honest I feel safe here and everything is alright,” he said.
Sterner said that they have overviewed the stadium and will start the installation of equipment including cameras soon. “We have seen the places in the stadium from where we can deliver best possible streaming of the matches,” he said.
The foreigner rated the PSL as one of the most followed leagues around the world and hopes that the best team will lift the title on March 17.
“May the best team lift the title but I must say the quality of cricket here is amazing,” said Sterner.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Pakistan leg of the PSL will commence from March 9 with Lahore Qalandars taking on Islamabad United at National Stadium Karachi. Total eight matches including the final will take place in Karachi after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shifted three matches from Lahore to Karachi due to logistical and operational issues.
PSL helped Pakistan immeasurably: Danny Morrison
LAHORE: Former New Zealand fast bowler Danny Morrison, one of the most lively and respected voices in cricket, believes the HBL Pakistan Super League has helped Pakistan immeasurably, throwing and maturing talent to the hilt.
According to the information, made available here by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the 53-year-old, a regular part of commentary teams to all parts of the cricketing world, including the HBL PSL, singled-out Shadab Khan as a player who matured from the Pakistan league.
“PSL has helped Pakistan cricket immeasurably,” Morrison said on Friday adding “Particularly, when you look at the talent available, particularly the raw talent, it’s great.”
Morrison, who played 48 Tests and 96 ODIs, said the HBL PSL has been helpful for Pakistan cricket.
“There are a lot of discussions with the Pakistan players on how you need to improve the pitch standards, got to get a better structure and all cost money and then you are playing away from home, but with all that PSL has helped and thrown talent,” he said adding “The franchises have benefited, the players have benefited by rubbing shoulders with some big international players. There are other franchise-based tournaments, which have also helped young talent emerge and benefit.”
Morrison praised the development of Shadab, Pakistan’s leg-spinner who is now captaining Islamabad United after regular skipper Mohammad Sami got injured.
“The development of Shadab, he is now doing captaincy, is significant. I am really impressed with Rumman Raees, a bit of bouncing back in terms of fitness,” said Morrison of Rumman who had a year-long lay-off due to injury.
“Then guys like Musa Khan making his debut, he is very exciting,” said Morrison of the Islamabad United newest pace sensation. “Babar (Azam) bursting onto the scene and his skills with the white ball have developed in the PSL,” he asserted.
Babar is the world’s number-one ranked batsman which has synchronised with the HBL PSL.
“Faheem Ashraf maturing with the ball in the hand, the redemption and allowance of Mohammad Amir to come back into international cricket; it’s good for Pakistan cricket.
“I am targeting pace here, obviously, but I think that is where Pakistan’s strength lies. There are more than few who have been unearthed in the PSL.”
Morrison praised the standards of play in the HBL PSL.
“I missed the first one,” said Morrison of the first edition in 2016. “I love this part of the world and have a lot of Pakistani fans. There is a great standard of the game and it’s attracting big names. I think there is a great standard of cricket. I am looking forward to coming back to Pakistan.”
“I was there in October 2017 for the Sri Lanka Twenty20.”
Morrison recalls the 1990 tour of New Zealand to Pakistan.
“I was there in 1990. It was a tough gig, it was a young side as Martin Crowe had taken over from John Wright and few senior pros did not come. It was a changing of guards with Richard Hadlee just finished in England and we were up against a very good Pakistan attack so we were run-over.
“The two Ws and Aaqib Javed were great,” said Morrison of Pakistan’s pace attack of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Aaqib Javed. “Then they had Abdul Qadir and good spin bowling of balance. So, we were run-over there. Then I came back in 1996 for the World Cup but did not last long with a groin injury.
“I have enjoyed my visits to Pakistan. It was always tough for fast bowlers. I have always been pleasantly surprised at how clean and organized the streets are in Lahore. Obviously, Karachi is different with it being down by the coast, a bit of wild at times. But good to see people come out and watch cricket,” he said.
Asked how he would have fared in Twenty20 cricket, Morrison termed it a big challenge for fast bowlers.
“It would have been a challenge. You need to get your yorkers, I quite liked watching the two Ws get that right in early 90s, they had that ball and were always searching for that.
“It’s a go-to-ball, any bowler could have been smashed on the day, but I would have loved to play T20s.”
Security, traffic plan for PSL matches in Karachi
KARACHI: As many as 13,000 law enforcement authority personnel will be deployed for the Pakistan Super League matches at the National Stadium in Karachi starting from March 9, Additional Inspector General (IG) of Police Karachi Dr Amir Shaikh said.
Addressing a press conference regarding the security plan devised for PSL matches in Karachi, the AIG said 50 SSPs, 700 lady police officers and 250 commandos will be on duty during the matches.
He added that four security checkpoints will be set up and the security has been divided into five layers. “More CCTV cameras have been installed,” the official added.
The Karachi police chief further said, a control room has been set up and a full rehearsal has been done.
“Spectators will have to arrive at the stadium two hours ahead of the game, after which the gates of the stadium will be closed,” AIG Sheikh said. “No one is allowed to carry eatables from outside the venue.”
Speaking about the parking arrangement, the police chief said there will be five designated parking sports for the match-goers. “500 shuttles will take fans to and from the parking lot to the stadium.”
Further, he said, routes leading from Karsaz, Dalmia and Hassan Square to Stadium Road will be closed for traffic during the match. However, roads leading to both private hospitals on the Stadium Road will remain open.
Traffic will be diverted away from the stadium three hours before the matches start, he added.
PSL enriches cricket through fresh talent
The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) brought to the limelight many talented youngsters during the first phase in the UAE. For those who do not appreciate T20 leagues around the world, PSL is an example of why such leagues should be encouraged.
Some critics believe that these leagues have commercialised cricket and spoiled cricketers by offering them too much money. While this may be true to a certain extent, leagues like PSL and the Indian Premier League (IPL) have also done a great service to cricket.
Talented cricketers from catchment areas, living in tough conditions, may never have come to the fore but for these leagues. It is doubtful whether so many talented cricketers would have been knocking at the doors of the Pakistan national team but for the PSL.
A case in point is Karachi Kings’ 18-year-old left-arm spinner Umer Khan. A native of Pakistan’s tribal FATA belt, his father earns a living by repairing punctures on tyres, and this boy grew up bowling at discarded tyres.
Lahore Qalandars’ Haris Rauf, who bowled at 140km/h, may still have been working as a salesperson in a market had it not been for PSL, which has launched his cricket career.
It was a treat to watch Quetta Gladiators’ 18-year-old pacer Mohammad Hasnain, who clocked the fastest delivery of this PSL at 151km/h so far. He got the opportunity to display his natural talent in front of the great players of the game only because of PSL. It is because of this league that many youngsters from the absolute remote parts of Pakistan can dream of becoming cricketers today.
Top players such as AB De Villiers, Shane Watson, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo all expressed their surprise at the number of natural talents who have played in this PSL. This is also one reason why most of the matches in the PSL turned out to be last-over thrillers. When experienced stars mix with raw young players, then cricket is bound to blossom; and that is what one has witnessed in this PSL.
One has to laud the services of former Pakistan cricketers like Lahore team coach Aaqib Javed who has been actively taken part in spotting talent from the remote areas of Pakistan. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Moin Khan as team coaches are also inspiring youngsters through this league.
However talented a cricketer may be, reaching the international arena depends on his determination and hard work and PSL can be a launch pad. A youngster like Hasnain now gets the opportunity to be moulded into one of the fastest bowlers in the world. Hence, it is important that a tournament like PSL continues to flourish to add more glory to cricket.
Absolutely looking forward to the Pakistan leg now, especially the match between Lahore and Islamabad. Mouth-watering clash.
Fielding guru Jonty Rhodes ready for Karachi visit
Karachi, Guess who is coming to Pakistan? It’s the fielding guru Jonty Rhodes, whose image of flying in the air to run-out great Inzamam-ul-Haq in the World Cup 1992 is still etched in the memories of fans around the world.
So gear up to have a glimpse of Jonty at the National stadium as excitement is rising on the last eight matches of the HBL PSL matches starting from Saturday – including the March 17 final.
Rhodes said he was looking forward to matches in Karachi.
“I was in Pakistan in 2015 and 2016, so I am looking forward to going back,” Rhodes told the official website of HBL Pakistan Super League.
“It’s good for us to be able to go and grow the game in Pakistan,” said Rhodes, also part of South Africa teams in 1994, World Cup 1996 and 1997.
Rhodes featured in 52 Tests and 245 ODIs for South Africa and has passed his fielding skills and techniques to players around the world.
“What I have seen (in the HBL PSL) certainly will go a long way to ensuring that Pakistan cricket stays at the top and remains very competitive for a long time because these young players have real skills.”
Rhodes termed HBL PSL as exciting.
“It’s been interesting because the wickets here (in UAE) have been slow,” said Rhodes. “The pace bowlers are able to dominate and they are young pace bowlers. They have played three editions and this is fourth. I think some of the batting is making some mistakes.
“They are not learning from the players from around them. But standard wise, there are good individual players and they have performed well for Pakistan but on a global scale. Babar Azam is one and he is world number-one in the ICC T20I rankings and you can see why,” said Rhodes.
‘Special security plan in place for PSL matches’
KARACHI: Sindh Police Chief Dr Syed Kaleem Imam has said a special security plan has been made for staging the matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) including final at National Stadium in a befitting manner.
“We’ve prepared a comprehensive plan using latest technology for the smooth organising of matches starting from March 9 and culminating with the final on March 16,” Imam told newsmen after formally inaugurating Dr Mohammad Ali Shah Sindh Police Cricket Ground and Sports Complex at KDA Scheme No I on Wednesday.
He said besides deploying extra security in the city, forces have also been deployed at the Sindh-Balochistan and Sindh-Punjab borders to monitor movements of the people.
He hoped Karachiites will enjoy the PSL encounters and will once again prove that the city is safe for hosting the international sporting events.
Referring to the law and order situation in the run up to the PSL the IG Sindh pointed out that law enforcement agencies have arrested a number of criminals by conducting raids on the hideouts in the metropolis.
He went on to say that around 2500 Policemen have lost their lives in the city to restore peace besides civilians and many suffered injuries.
Imam, who is a former Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) president, vowed to revive department’s sports by organising Police Olympics and extend invitation to other provinces also in the near future.
He disclosed that Sindh Police has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asghar Ali Shah Foundation for reviving department’s sports facilities as physical fitness is integral part of their job.
Paying tributes to the late Orthopaedic surgeon the IG recalled he knew him since long and hoped his children will carry forward the legacy. He termed the creating of sports complex as a ‘wonderful initiative’.
At the outset, the IG unveiled the plaque and cut the ribbon to formally inaugurate the complex. He also went around the ground.
Outlining salient features Dr Syed Junaid Ali Shah said the sports complex project has been adopted by Asghar Ali Shah Foundation with the help of KDA after eradicating illegal encroachments.
He recalled that it was a dream of his late father to revive this ground which has now come true.
Later talking to Dawn he said the facility is spread over six-and-a-half acres of land and upon completion will provide free access to all sportspersons of the city including athletes of Police.
According to master plan, besides the cricket ground, the facilities that will be developed in the sports complex includes futsal, mini hockey field, basketball court, two tennis courts, two squash courts, facilities for snooker, table tennis, badminton, Olympic size swimming pool, club house and a gymnasium.
He said approximately Rs120m will be required to complete the project in phases.
The ceremony was attended by senior police officers, MPA Dr Imran Ali Shah and Asma Shah.
Pak-India tension threw PSL matches in danger: Murad
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah along with PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and officials and players of Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United teams standing as the National Anthem is played before the start of the match. — APP/File
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Sunday that a conspiracy to get PSL matches in Pakistan cancelled has been foiled.
Talking to media after concluding his visit to the city at Kakri Ground where he also played cricket with the workers of the Pakistan Peoples Party, he said there was a possibility that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches would not be held in Pakistan but “by the grace of God and with our sincere efforts we managed to get eight PSL matches, including the final, in the city”.
He said as the situation on the border was tense the people were casting doubts about hosting of PSL matches in Karachi. “Now the situation is quite better and matches are being played in the city,” he said. It was possible because of the spirit of people of Karachi, he added.
The chief minister said that after holding the PSL final in Karachi efforts would be made to hunt talent from every nook and corner of the province for the next PSL tournament as well as for the national team and a match would be held at Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, next year.
Talking about development, Mr Shah said the Sindh government was short of funds, but even then the uplift and reconstruction of the city would not be stopped.
“I have visited all the schemes we have launched and all of them would be completed within four months, Insha Allah,” he said.
In pictures: Cricket fever in Karachi
KARACHI: The fourth edition of Pakistan Super League arrived in Karachi on March 9.
Fans have welcomed their favorite teams and players with open arms to the city of lights.
Here's a look at how the cricket fever has gripped Karachi:
Pakistani cricket fans arrive in the National Cricket Stadium before the start of the second match of the last eight matches of the Pakistan domestic T20 League in Karachi on March 10, 2019. Photo: AFP
Pakistani cricket fans lineup to a security check point for entering before the start of the second match of the last eight matches of the Pakistan domestic T20 League in Karachi on March 10, 2019. Photo: AFP
Pakistani cricket fans celebrate during the first match of the last eight matches of the Pakistan domestic T20 League at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on March 9, 2019. Photo: AFP
Pakistani mounted policemen gather outside the National Cricket Stadium before the start of the first match of the last eight matches of the Pakistan domestic T20 League in Karachi on March 9, 2019. Photo: AFP
Pakistani cricket fans arrive at the National Cricket Stadium before the start of the first match of the last eight matches of the Pakistan domestic T20 League in Karachi on March 9, 2019.
Pakistani cricket fans holding the national flag arrive at the National Cricket Stadium before the start of the first match of the last eight matches of the Pakistan domestic T20 League in Karachi on March 9, 2019. Photo: AFP
Pakistani cricket fans arrive at the National Cricket Stadium before the start of the first match of the last eight matches of the Pakistan domestic T20 League in Karachi on March 9, 2019. Photo: AFP
Pakistani cricket fan hold lettres reading "Watson" as they watch the second match of the last eight matches of its domestic T20 League, in the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on March 10, 2019. Photo: APP
Pakistani cricket fans shout slogans during the second match of the last eight matches of its domestic T20 League in Karachi on March 10, 2019. Photo: AFP
A large number of youngster supporting their favorite teams during the third match between the Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans in the last eight matches of the T20 Pakistan Super League (PSL), at the National Cricket Stadium. Photo: APP
Spectators supporting their favorite teams during the third match between the Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans of the last eight matches of the T20 Pakistan Super League (PSL), at the National Cricket Stadium.
Shahid Khan Afridi shakes hand with his fans during the third match between the Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans of the last eight matches of the T20 Pakistan Super League (PSL), at the National Cricket Stadium. Photo: APP
A large number of people supporting their favorite teams during the third match between the Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans in the last eight matches of the T20 Pakistan Super League (PSL), at the National Cricket Stadium. Photo: APP
Cricket lovers are showing their zeal, who come to watch the match between Multan Sultan and Lahore Qalandar teams of Pakistan Super League (PSL-4), arrive at National Stadium in Karachi on Monday, March 11, 2019. Photo: PPI
Cricket lovers are showing their zeal, who come to watch the first match between Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandar teams of Pakistan Super League (PSL-4), arrive at National Stadium in Karachi on Saturday, March 09, 2019. Photo: PPI
A Pakistani cricket fan gestures as she arrives in the National Cricket Stadium before the start of the second match of the last eight matches of the Pakistan domestic T20 League in Karachi on March 10, 2019. Photo: AFP
So we never got to see upcoming batsmen such as Saud Shakeel & Zeeshan Malik. This was a perfect opportunity for them to demonstrate their abilities.