PSL 2019 matches in Pakistan to go ahead as scheduled, says PCB chief Ehsan Mani

Waseem Ahmed 22:59 28/02/2019
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PCB chief Ehsan Mani.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has reassured fans at home and the cricket world at large that Pakistan Super League matches scheduled to happen in the country will go ahead as planned, despite the ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India.

PCB chief Ehsan Mani met with all six PSL franchises before making the announcement on Thursday, confirming that the final eight matches of the 2019 season will take place in Lahore and Karachi, which will host the final on March 17, as initially planned. All foreign players in the league who had already committed to play in Pakistan will take part in those matches.

“We want to reconfirm that the PSL matches will all be played in Pakistan as scheduled,” Mani told a press conference with five of the six franchise owners sitting beside him.

“I would like to thank my colleagues sitting alongside me for their support. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that PSL will continue with business as usual as we planned and this is a unanimous decision from all of us.

“I am also very grateful to our overseas players who are ready to come to Pakistan. All those who had given their commitment from the start are still with us. I am also grateful to all support staff who are working at the ground. We have a few challenges on the production side, with one of our production partners pulling out overnight.

“But then the team we got together, they made sure that we had seamless transition and now I am absolutely confident that we will be in Pakistan as we had planned.”

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