Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar offers to host PSL 2017 final in the National stadium

MAMOSA Report — Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar has offered to host final match of the ongoing Pakistan Super League at the megacity’s sprawling stadium – once venue for almost all test cricket finals held in the country.

Akhtar made the offer to Pakistan Cricket Board Thursday.

Speaking to the media, Waseem Akhtar said he will make sure Karachi hosts the final in the grandest way possible.

“I take responsibility for ensuring that Karachi hosts the PSL 2017 final in a grand style,” Akhtar said.

Clouds of uncertainty currently loom over the final of the tournament, which is scheduled to be held in Lahore next month, The Nation wrote.

Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar

The final for the Pakistan Super League PSL II is planned for Lahore but the issue appears to have been marked with serious challenges stemming from the reluctance shown by international players to land in the city after a terrorist attack in Lahore on Monday that killed 13 people.

“The PCB insists the final will be held in Lahore, with or without foreign players. PSL Chairman Najam Sethi has meanwhile left it to the fans’ discretion whether they want the final in Lahore without international players or in Dubai with international players.”

PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan on Wednesday reiterated the board’s resolve to hold the PSL final in Lahore.

“We have told the government we are organizing the final in Lahore,” he said yesterday.

Sethi has emphasized that if fans want the PSL final will be held in Lahore, the PCB would honor their wish.

According to a cricket expert, the bomb blast in Lahore on Monday which has been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and then a day later on Wednesday carrying out another terror bombing in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is a red herring.

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