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Islamabad United reclaim PSL title

26 March, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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As the National Stadium in Karachi hosted its first high-profile game since the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Test in February, 2009, Islamabad United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by four wickets to clinch its second Pakistan Super League (PSL) title in Karachi on Sunday. -AFP Cricket fans wave the national flag during PSL final match between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United.

The Pakistan Super League final will be held amid heavy security at a newly renovated National Stadium in Karachi. "It's a historic occasion as Karachi is hosting a match after a nine year gap", said Sethi before the final.

The attacks left Pakistan cricket forced into exile, with global teams refusing to tour the terror-hit country over security fears and the national team left to play its home matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Karachi will also host three Twenty20 internationals between Pakistan and the West Indies in early April, the first home series involving a Test-level team since 2009. Many Pakistani greats grew up playing cricket on the sweltering port city's chaotic streets, often using an improvised form known as tapeball, using a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape.

"And this stadium has also hosted many world cup matches".

Australian Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators) and Englishmen Eoin Morgan (Karachi) and Kevin Pietersen (Quetta) refused to accompany their teams to Lahore this week for two PSL eliminators.

Mahira Khan, Pakistan's most loved actress is the true team ambassador of Peshawar Zalmi.

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Fans weathered suffocating security arrangements, with 8,000 policemen and paramilitary staff guarding the venue and the various check posts in and around the stadium.

"All the logistical works have been done behind the scenes, and we've been brought here pretty safely", Islamabad United stand-in captain JP Duminy said.

"This match will send a positive image of Pakistan across the world".

"I am so happy that so many people have come and the security is good too", said Rida.

The last major game with global players in Karachi was in February 2009, a Pakistan-Sri Lanka test.

A reluctance from some global PSL players to play in Pakistan remains.



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