Najam Sethi reached out to Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, on Sunday, who assured him of full support in holding PSL matches in Punjab, The Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight matches will be held in Lahore and Rawalpindi as per schedule, as the deadlock between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the interim Punjab government has finally ended.
PSL Matches are to go ahead as scheduled
Minister of Health from the interim government, Dr. Javed Akram, confirmed to Express-News on Saturday that the PSL matches will not be shifted from Lahore and Rawalpindi to Karachi. The PCB chairman on Sunday shared the news on his Twitter account that PSL matches will be held as per schedule. ”CM Punjab Mohsin Naqvi Saheb has been kind enough to agree to share the cost of lighting routes during PSL matches in Lahore.
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HBL PSL8 matches in Lahore and Pindi shall continue as scheduled,” tweeted Sethi. It must be noted that the interim Punjab government had initially demanded PKR500 million from PCB to conduct the PSL matches in Lahore and Rawalpindi. The board has already paid PKR50 million to the Punjab government for expenses on food. The provincial government was then demanding the remaining PKR450 million for lighting and security purposes.
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In order to save these expenses, the board was considering shifting the Punjab leg of PSL 8 to Karachi. In the interim Government of Punjab on Saturday evening decided to be flexible on lights, security, and other expenses. They decided to bear fifty percent of the bill payment, which is PKR 250 million. While they asked PCB to bear the remaining PKR 250 million. However, PCB was still not ready to pay any amount for security, lights, and other expenses handed over by the government.
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Najam Sethi then reached out to Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, on Sunday, who assured him of full support in holding matches in Punjab. PCB finally settled on contributing PKR100 million for the aforementioned expenses. PSL Matches in Lahore began on February 26 with Lahore Qalandars taking on Peshawar Zalmi, while Rawalpindi will host the PSL 8 matches from March 1.
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