PSL final revives glory of Karachi: Sherry Rehman

Photos Planned.Pakistan's biggest city will witness a high-profile cricket match for the first time in nine years when the Pakistan Super League final is staged amid heavy security at a newly renovated National Stadium in Karachi.

Addressing a press conference at National Stadium, Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy said that we are here to defend our title and we have planned a strategy to tackle the players of Islamabad United.

Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and sent inaugural champions Islamabad United in to field on Sunday in the final of the Pakistan Super League's third edition, being played in Karachi.

Match will start at 8PM PST and will be hosted at Karachi Stadium.

"I am so happy that so many people have come and the security is good too", said Rida.

The last match Karachi hosted was a Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in February 2009, a week before the visitors were attacked in Lahore. Islamabad United beat Peshawar United by three wickets, and lift the PSL trophy for the second time.

At least 8,000 security personnel that also included armed soldiers guard the 27,000 capacity National Stadium.

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The incident resulted in a halting of worldwide cricket in the country, forcing the Pakistan Cricket Board to play overseas with the United Arab Emirates as its "home" for hosting global teams.

That was followed by three T20s against a World XI last September and the emotional return of Sri Lanka for one T20 in October, all in Lahore, with unprecedented security arrangements in place.

A reluctance from some worldwide PSL players to play in Pakistan remains.

The success of the Lahore events have long spurred calls for similar efforts in Karachi.

The city's most popular player, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, said the PSL final was 'great news, adding: 'Karachiites will enjoy the occasion and I am glad over it.

Australian Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators) and Englishmen Eoin Morgan (Karachi) and Kevin Pietersen (Quetta) all refused to accompany their respective franchises to Lahore earlier this week for two PSL eliminators. Lahore first hosted the PSL final previous year as well as three global Twenty20 matches against a World XI and one against Sri Lanka.

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