Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has opposed the decision of the government to host the final of the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore. Khan feels that hosting the cricket match in such tense circumstances would dampen the country's image in the eyes of the outside world.
"If something inimical happened on the final day then it will prove to be the end of international cricket in Pakistan," Imran Khan said as quoted by the Express Tribune.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Imran Khan also believes if Pakistan wants to host international cricket matches at home the government has to take the necessary steps and overcome the ever-growing issue of terrorism. The deteriorating law and order in the state is not the ideal situation to host cricket matches. He also suggested that a permanent solution to the problem should be Pakistan's goal rather than making 'cosmetic security arrangements' as a short-term fix.
Imran Khan "God forbid, if any blast takes place in Lahore in PSL final there will be no cricket in Pakistan in the next 10 years" #PSL2017
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"You can hold a match even in war-hit Syria or Iraq by deputing 60,000 security personnel to guard a crowd of 30,000 visitors inside a stadium, but by blocking all electronic signals and devices and after curtailing routine life of the city," the 64-year-old added.
Despite a series of bomb blasts in the preceding weeks which has claimed several lives, the Punjab Government gave a go-ahead to Lahore to host the PSL final after evaluating the security conditions in the state.
Many renowned players including Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills, and Luke Wright of Quetta Gladiators have already opted out with security concerns from the clash on 5th March.