´Head of state´ level protection for PSL final in Lahore
LAHORE: Pakistan will deploy hundreds of police and bullet-proof buses for the final of its Twenty20 franchise league, set to be held in Lahore subsequent month after the remaining of the event is performed in the UAE.
The violence-hit nation has now not hosted a high-profile overseas staff since a 2009 gun and bomb assault at the Sri Lankan cricket aspect that killed 8 other folks and injured 9 others, together with visiting gamers.
The first version of its five-team Twenty20 event, the Pakistan Super League, reported a wholesome $2.6 million benefit remaining yr in spite of being held completely in the United Arab Emirates.
This yr, the finalists are set to fly to Lahore for a restricted time to function in the showpiece tournament on March five in a sobering nod to the sophisticated safety state of affairs in the rustic.
“The transportation of the cricket gamers from lodge to stadium to lodge shall be in bullet-proof buses escorted via heavy police contingents,” Pakistan Cricket Board´s senior media supervisor Raza Rashid advised AFP.
He added the fit would even be watched by way of the International Cricket Council activity pressure leader Giles Clarke and different senior officers.
Ibadat Nisar, a senior police officer in price of the event´s safety, stated the gamers can be given “head of state” level protection.
“The actions can be monitored thru closed-circuit TV cameras,” he stated, including the motion of gamers and officers can be watched in a delegated keep an eye on room manned via police, intelligence and different mavens.
Some 414 gamers have been positioned in the draft for the Pakistan Super League 2017 version, an inventory which incorporated former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, West Indian stars Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, Australia´s Shane Watson, Bangladesh´s Shakib Al Hasan and England´s Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan.
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will even participate. The inclusion of Morgan is especially noteworthy after he withdrew from England´s excursion of Bangladesh over safety considerations.