PSL Final: Islamabad United to face Peshawar Zalmi today

PSL Final: Islamabad United to face Peshawar Zalmi today”

It happened with Quetta Gladiators, who finished as runners-up twice in the competition, first to Islamabad United and then to Peshawar Zalmi.

Workers prepare the ground at the National Stadium in Karachi, where the final of 2018 Pakistan Super League will be played.

Fans weathered suffocating security arrangements, with 8,000 policemen and paramilitary staff guarding the venue at the various check posts in and around the stadium.

Lahore first hosted the PSL final a year ago, and there were Twenty20 global matches organized against a World XI (three matches) and Sri Lanka (one). -AFP Cricket fans waves Chinese flag during the PSL final match at the National Cricket Stadium.

Still, there were plenty of big-names, like Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson and Eoin Morgan who all confirmed they would not travel to Pakistan.

"West Indies' three matches at Karachi next month truly heralds the return of global cricket to Pakistan", added Alam, the student.

Upon discussing this issue with Pakistan's legends Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq, Khaleej Times found that they were waiting for the moment when the league will be played in the country.

The matches in Dubai have failed to attract sizable crowds in Dubai barring Thursdays and Fridays.

Pakistanis have spent over Rs140 million on PSL final tickets.

The last time a helicopter was seen hovering so close to Gaddafi Stadium was in 2009, when one was used to airlift the survivors of the Sri Lankan team attack to safety.

"It's (the PSL final) giving a message to the world that Pakistan is a peaceful country and Pakistan will play a role in sports", said 24-year-old spectator Hamza Yousuf Shah, who was waiting in one of several long queues to get into the stadium.

The PSL final is seen as a major step towards reviving global cricket in the country.

"The order is to just go out and bat the way I bat".

That resulted in an end to global cricket in the country, and the Pakistan Cricket Board was left with no choice but to choose United Arab Emirates as its "home" turf to host worldwide teams.

"Yes Karachi we're coming", Sammy said in a video message. The third edition of the PSL was launched last month with the addition of a sixth team, the Multan Sultans, more global stars, and hopeful fans eager to forget a spot-fixing scandal which tainted last year's event.

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