Karachi: Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Sindh Minister for Information, on Wednesday said the revival of international cricket in Karachi would help promote Pakistan and soften its image around the world.
In a press statement, Shah said PSL matches in Karachi, the provincial capital, are great news for all cricket lovers in the province, as well as across the country.
He added that the joint efforts of a team led by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had resulted in international cricket being revived in the province after a lengthy period of time.
“[The] efforts of our CM have won the hearts of the masses,” he said.
Shah said the provincial government was also grateful to the Najam Sethi, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), for playing a major role.
“Karachi itself is a city of cricketers and cricket lovers, hence its inhabitants will welcome the PSL players with open heart,” he said.
Meanwhile, A.D. Khwaja, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Sindh, has directed officials to prepare a foolproof security plan that meets international standards for the upcoming PSL matches.
Sethi had earlier announced, following a meeting with the province’s Chief Minister, that four PSL matches would be held in February 2018 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Khwaja nominated the Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) East as a focal person for PSL cricket matches and directed him to remain in touch with the Additional Inspector-General from the Special Branch and to ensure the complete security audit of the National Stadium and the preparation of a comprehensive report in this regard.
He also said that coordination with the Rangers and others law enforcement agencies must be an integral part of the security plan.