DUBAI: Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Super League administration have to cut a sorry face as far as the participation of the foreign players in PSL Final in Lahore is concerned.
On Sunday, the HBL Pakistan Super League authorities sought a meeting with overseas players featuring in the Twenty20 league here.
They had a one-point agenda: to convince the players to play the March 5 PSL final in Lahore.
It turned out to be a futile exercise.
On Sunday the meeting didn’t even take place as the players, all of them, refused to attend it.
“The players were well aware that the meeting was about convincing them to play in Lahore. So they just told their franchise officials they are weren’t interested,” a source said.
Such is the mood among the troop of PSL’s overseas recruits especially in the aftermath of a fresh wave of bombings that killed dozens of people in many parts of Pakistan including Lahore.
But the authorities remain adamant about their plans of hosting the PSL final at Lahore’s iconic Gaddafi Stadium.
On Sunday, reports suggested that the country’s political and military top brass is backing the idea of having the PSL final on home soil rather than the offshore venue of Dubai.
For PSL authorities it’s a catch-22 situation.
Najam Sethi , the PSL boss, has been pushing for the finale to be held in Lahore. He managed to muster the support of federal, political and army leadership.
Just when things seemed to be falling in place, a series of bombings derailed the plans of staging the final in Lahore more so because Punjab’s capital itself was targeted twice by terrorists.
It did shake the authorities but fell short of forcing them to change their mind.
“The PSL final is all set for Lahore,” a well-placed source revealed. “It’s something that has the support of the country’s top brass which is why it would be executed in spite of all odds,” he added.