PSL final in Karachi next year: PCB Chairman

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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan has designated Karachi as the host of the final of the Pakistan Super League next year.
Talking to media earlier today, Shahryar Khan said once the final of the ongoing PSL is successfully held in Lahore, next year’s PSL final will be hosted in Karachi.
Khan informed that PSL chairman Najam Sethi will leave for Dubai tonight, where he will try to convince international players to come to Lahore for the final, scheduled to be held at Gaddafi Stadium on March 5.
Regarding Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, who were suspended by the PCB for alleged spot-fixing during PSL earlier this month, the PCB chairman said both the players have until March 3 to submit their response.
“After both Sharjeel and Latif submit their response, we will then decide whether to form a commission or a disciplinary committee,” Khan elaborated.
On PTI chairman Imran Khan’s opposing comments regarding the PSL final in Lahore, the PCB chief said, “Imran Khan is a politician. We have nothing to do with politics.”
“We have made a decision in accordance with the wishes of the Pakistani public,” Khan added.
Imran Khan on Monday had termed the idea of hosting the PSL final in Lahore ‘madness’, after the Government of Punjab gave the green signal to PCB for holding the final in Lahore. Meanwhile, Pakistan Super League (PSL) Chairman Najam Sethi on Tuesday announced that PSL will be using the decision review system (DRS) in the playoff matches, becoming the first T20 league in the history of cricket to use the review system.
The PSL chairman made the announcement through his official Twitter account saying, “Another first from HBL PSL. DRS to be used in the playoff matches.”
The decision to implement DRS comes after umpires were scrutinised for making poor on-field judgements multiple times in the tournament.
The DRS will allow teams to question the on-field umpire’s decision.
Under the system, both sides are allowed a limited number of unsuccessful challenges before they are barred from requesting a referral for the remainder of an innings.
But, in order to not delay the game, they must make it clear within a matter of seconds of the umpire’s original verdict whether they wish to call on DRS.
In an exact replica of inaugural season, the playoff line-ups are same as they were last year. Quetta will head into Tuesday’s fixture playing Peshawar at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in a sombre mood following two narrow losses against Islamabad United – who will face in the second playoff against Karachi Kings at the same venue 24 hours later.—APP

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