Stringent security in place for PSL final in Karachi

Big-time cricket returns to Karachi for first time in nine years

He said that our team players are very much optimistic for tomorrow's final and hoped that good cricket will be played by both teams.

At least 8,000 security personnel that also included armed soldiers guarded the 27,000 capacity National Stadium where Peshawar Zalmi will take on Islamabad United in the third PSL final. Islamabad United openers, Luke Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan and middle order batsman Asif Ali showered the stadium with fours and sixes, hence fixed United's victory.

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. Six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed, and six members of the Sri Lanka team were injured.

The Pakistani diva herself Meera has shown inklings of her making an appearance at the PSL final!

The attacks left Pakistan cricket forced into exile, with worldwide teams refusing to tour the terror-hit country over security fears and the national team left to play its home matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

But authorities have been working hard to ease global cricket back to Pakistan, with the final of last year's PSL in Lahore seen as a major turning point.

Australian Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators) and Englishmen Eoin Morgan (Karachi) and Kevin Pietersen (Quetta) refused to accompany their teams to Lahore this week for two PSL eliminators.

Other spectators carried placards proclaiming "No Fear, play here" in support of Pakistan's bid to regain the confidence of foreign teams.

Sammy joined the musicians on stage where he showcased his dancing skills with teammate and fellow West Indian Andre Fletcher and fast bowler Hasan.

"You have to come back again, fill the stadium and show the world that we are again ready for worldwide matches", Sethi said.

Cricket fans stand in a long queue to enter the National stadium.

It will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals against reigning World Twenty20 champions the West Indies on April 1, 2 and 3 - all in Karachi.

Pakistan Super League official social media account has announced that the closing ceremony of Pakistan Super League Season-III will be full of entertainment at National Stadium Karachi.

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