Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

No threat to India-Pakistan WC clash, says ICC CEO

No threat to India-Pakistan WC clash, says ICC CEO

But the unprecedented popularity of Pakistan Super League, which has brought 40 foreign players to the country this year, is seen not just as pivotal in changing the global cricket community's opinion of Pakistan's ability to host worldwide matches but also become a symbol of a brash, emerging nation trying to end years of isolation due to security threats and terrorist attacks.

"As you may be aware, the ICC has tried to support Pakistan in getting global cricket back to Pakistan on a more regular basis and I think everyone agrees that having the PSL matches in Pakistan and the final in Karachi is a great step forward in achieving that", Richardson said.

Television rights for the 2019 tournament were sold for $36 million, "358 percent higher than the previous three years", Sami ul Hassan, the cricket board's spokesman told Arab News. "We don't want to mix politics with sports", he said.

Mani thanked all the 39 foreign players who visited Karachi for the final leg of the tournament, saying "I would like to thank all the foreign players and officials". Next year we look forward to welcoming you back with all the PSL matches in Pakistan, he added. Last year, we hosted the final and this year we staged eight matches here. Last but not the least, a huge round of applause for the fans who came to watch the match in Karachi.

No complacency on World Cup security - ICC chief Richardson

Sindh Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said on Monday that the the provincial government is implementing the National Action Plan and there is zero tolerance policy for terrorists.

West Indians Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard made little impact as their Peshawar Zalmi went down by eight wickets to the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final here yesterday.

In a tweet today, he congratulated Pakistan Cricket Board, the organizers and security forces for holding a successful PSL extravaganza in Pakistan.

Thank u @Salman_ARY and my @KarachiKingsARY team mates and support staff. Thank u @thePSLt20 and the the crowd that came and made the atmosphere awesome at the national stadium Karachi. "It was granted subject to the message around the wearing of the caps simply being sympathy with the people, who had lost their lives in the (Pulwama) attack and in particular, to help them raise funds for the families of the people who had lost their lives", Richardson said. "I know people here love cricket, but they also love football". Thanks to @nadeem_omar57 @iNabeelHashmi @SarfarazA_54 @ivivianrichards Moin Khan & all the players & staff for making me feel so welcome!

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