Shahid Afridi ruled out of PSL Final in Lahore due to injury
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 9:59
Though the PSL had maintained from the start that this year's final would be held in Pakistan, the bombings over the last month had caused uncertainty.
Pakistan has not hosted a leading worldwide cricket since the Sri Lankan team bus was involved in a terrorist attack in 2009, an incident that took place close to Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium.
Afridi said the playing the final at Lahore's Gadaffi stadium was a special event for him as he wants to entertain the crowd with his usual fire brand batting.
Following this, many had thought that Quetta skipper Sarfraz Ahmed would field an all-Pakistani side in the final at the Gaddafi Stadium against Zalmi, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) insisted otherwise.
According to reports, the five are West Indies captain Darren Sammy, England's Dawid Malan, Samit Patel, and Chris Jordan, and Jamaica's Marlon Samuels. Only Zimbabwe made a brief visit in May 2015. I wanted to play the PSL final in Lahore, but things are not in my control.
A makeshift hospital facility has also been built within the hockey stadium adjacent to the cricket stadium in case of emergency. Whatever cricket is left in me is just for my fans, .
The provincial government has promised at least 7,000 police officers to guard the surroundings of Gaddafi Stadium, and encouraged spectators to travel to the venue well ahead of the final to avoid long delays at security checkpoints.
Over the last fortnight the security presence in Lahore has increased significantly, after a spate of bombings rocked Pakistan's second largest city and other parts of the country too in February.
This rush has come despite the diminishing prospects of worldwide players showing up on the scene, and a threat of militant attacks, which was voiced by cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan recently when he said the decision to host the match in Lahore was "madness".