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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is currently facing a dilemma over the scheduling of PSL matches in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Security Costs and Financial Constraints:
The Punjab government reportedly demanded Rs. 450 million PKR for security and lighting arrangements for the remaining matches in Rawalpindi and Lahore which has left the PCB in a difficult position. The board has already paid Rs. 50 million PKR to the Punjab government for eatables and doesn’t want to bear the additional burden of an exorbitant security cost. This demand is a significant financial burden on the PCB.
Potential Shift To Karachi:
In response to the Punjab government’s demand, there have been discussions about the possibility of shifting the matches to Karachi. PCB has already invested a significant amount in the city for the ongoing PSL matches, making it an attractive option for the board. Furthermore, the PCB does not have to bear the additional cost of security and lighting arrangements in Karachi, making it a financially viable option.
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Impact That Will Be On Lahore And Rawalpindi
If the PCB decides to shift the PSL matches to Karachi, it will undoubtedly have an impact on Lahore and Rawalpindi. Both cities have a rich cricketing history and are home to passionate cricket fans who are eagerly awaiting the PSL matches. Shifting the matches to Karachi may disappoint these fans, who will miss out on the opportunity to witness the PSL action in their cities and will miss their tickets.
When Will The Final Decision Be Taken?
The final decision on whether to shift the PSL matches to Karachi or to bear the high cost of security and lighting arrangements in Lahore and Rawalpindi will be made on Friday in a meeting. The PCB will have to consider all factors, including financial constraints and fan expectations, before making a final decision.