ICC security consultant Reg Dickason has said that he is ‘very very satisfied’ with the security arrangements to host the final of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League at National Stadium Karachi on March 25.
“From what we have seen today and what was demonstrated and documentation and level of commitment by all of these people here, I am very very satisfied,” Dickason said.
“It was such comprehensive, thorough and professional presentation with the efforts of all agencies including that of Najam Sethi from the Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] and the board’s security department. It is very encouraging and it will be reflected in any subsequent report I will give to the PCB and the ICC.”
Karachi hasn’t hosted an international contest for almost a decade. The last match at the National Stadium was a Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which preceded the one at Lahore that became the scene of the terror attack on the visiting side.
Hosting the final in Karachi will be extremely crucial in further normalising the return of international cricket to Pakistan, with all action since the attack on the Sri Lankan team limited to Lahore, where artificial conditions are created to ensure security.