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‘It’s just not worth the risk’: Imran Khan on holding PSL final in Lahore

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has again rubbished the idea of holding the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore, saying that there was no use of playing the match under curfew.

“It’s just not worth the risk,” Khan said while addressing a gathering in the federal capital. “If the PSL is being conducted to revive international cricket in Pakistan, this is simply foolish.”

The PTI chief said that foreign players will come to Pakistan once the security situation improves.

“International cricket will be revived automatically once security situation normalizes in the country,” Khan added.

Khan also pointed out that there would be no international cricket in Pakistan if any mishap happened during the final.

So far all the matches have been played in the United Arab Emirates but the final is scheduled to be played in Pakistan. Security concerns have seen several international players decide not to play in the final of the league in Lahore.

Kevin Pietersen is the highest profile name to withdraw from the match for the Quetta Gladiators, while big-hitting South African Rilee Rossouw will also give it a miss.

“For those still unsure it’s with a sad heart that I must announce that I will not be taking part in the final,” Rossouw tweeted.

Pakistan has only entertained Zimbabwe, in 2015, since a shooting attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.