Cricket legend and World Cup winning captain of Pakistan Imran Khan on criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision of holding Pakistan Super League Final (PSL) in Lahore and called it as silly.
“The idea of having the PSL final in Lahore is madness to me. What message of peace will we send to the world by having closed roads around the Gaddafi Stadium and heavy security," Imran said on a news channel.
The PCB, after a long meeting at the Gaddafi Stadium, got the green signal from the Punjab government to host the final of the second edition of PSL in Lahore on March 5. The former captain said that even if the PSL final had not been held in Lahore, it won't made any difference to Pakistan cricket.
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Imran had earlier pointed out that without the main foreign players representing the franchises, it would serve no purpose for Pakistan cricket. He also warned about the after effects of any incident happening during the final saying, “If something God forbid happens, then it will put Pakistan cricket back by 10 years.”
Soon after Imran Khan slammed the decision of having the final of PSL at Lahore other former captains joined him including Javed Miandad and Aamir Sohail.
If u think PSL final should still be held in Lahore then u're just a delusional emotional fool who wanna make sure cricket never returns Pak
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“I just want to ask who will take the responsibility if something goes wrong that day?” Miandad questioned. He also said that there is no use of taking such a chance when we know that international teams will not return to Pakistan this way.
Sohail said the PSL final was not a World Cup final and it should not be a national security issue, “Holding the final now will be a big challenge for the PCB and the government”.
The government has announced late Monday night that all roads leading to the Gaddafi Stadium will be closed for the public until March 6 while all the shops and restaurants outside the stadium have been told to close down their businesses until the final is completed.