LAHORE: In order to convince foreign players to play in the upcoming Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) final in Lahore, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is ready to offer extra financial reward to overseas recruits and better accommodation facilities at National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Speaking to media in Lahore, PSL chairman Najam Sethi said that overseas players were being offered extra money to play the final in the city. “We are offering them at least $20000 each if they play the final in Lahore,” he said.
PCB has already begun the process of signing new overseas players for PSL’s upcoming edition, with New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, England’s Eoin Morgan, Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and South Africa’s Albie Morkel already on board.
Sethi also said that some foreign players have already agreed to play the PSL final in the city. “I can assure you that the PSL final in Lahore will be bigger than the one held in UAE last February,” he said.
The chairman added that 14 new rooms with top-class facilities were being constructed at the NCA adjacent to the Gaddafi stadium as accommodation for these players. He said the plan was to have accommodation for the teams at the NCA as part of the security plan for the PSL final.
No top team has toured Pakistan since March 2009 after militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team bus near Gaddafi stadium. However, the board recently bought four bulletproof buses as a measure to convince other teams to shed their security apprehensions and visit the country.