Pakistan will provide 'foolproof security' for PSL final

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"Initially the government was not sure about allowing foreign players or teams to visit Pakistan due to the security situation but now it is also backing the PCB's efforts to bring back worldwide cricket to the country which has remained suspended since 2009", the source noted.

"Foolproof security" will be provided to cricketers at the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore next month, league chairman Najam Sethi said on Tuesday.

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) officials held a meeting at Dubai today, to brief the overseas players on security arrangement for the tournaments final, scheduled to be held in Lahore later in March.

Earlier, the PSL chairman confirmed that PSL final would be held at Lahore.

It was in Lahore where the Sri Lanka team was attacked by terrorists in 2009. Sethi said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has received assurances from the Punjab government and other security agencies and is confident they can conduct the match without trouble, according to a espncricinfo report.

Last month, the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) issued a report warning foreign players that an "acceptable level of participant security and safety can not be expected or guaranteed" in Pakistan.

Defending champions Islamabad United will face Peshawar Zalmi in the first match of the season after the ceremony. In Pakistan, cricket lovers can watch the match on PTV Sports and Ten Sports.

PSL ambassadors Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram also urged foreign players to visit the city for the final.

"My wife, who is an Australian, is staying in Karachi for the last four years and she is having a great time ... the government will do everything possible to ensure the safety of the players".

He said the PCB had now got the green light from the government to try and have global cricket events in Pakistan.