The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) security consultant Reg Dickason praising security arrangements for PSL final in Karachi said “preparations are as good as I had seen in all my years”.
Dickason arrived in Karachi on Saturday to inspect the security arrangements for Pakistan Super League (PSL) final scheduled to be held at the National Stadium in March.
While some international cricket has returned to Pakistan over the past year, it has been exclusively confined to Lahore, with Karachi unable to win over the approval of independent security consultants.
Last year’s PSL final was also held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, although several international players, including Kevin Pietersen, pulled out.
“We would like to thank the PCB for providing us with such a comprehensive, thorough and professional presentation,” Dickason said.
“It is very encouraging, and that will be reflected in the upcoming report. We have some things we need to discuss, however, it’s all extremely positive. From what we’ve seen today, and what’s been demonstrated, and the documentation and the level of commitment by all concerned parties has left me very, very satisfied.”
Dickason stressed that the final decision did not rest with him, but said playing the final in Karachi “would be a very positive step. What we’ve seen today and in other parts of Pakistan is as good as I’ve seen in all my years.”