Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 final will be staged in Lahore. Earlier today, PCB chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed the news. According to the schedule, PSL 2017 final will be placed in 7th March, 2017 and as stated by the recent news, the date remain same but venue is changed to Lahore. Due to security reason, most of the cricket playing nations do not want to come to Pakistan for any competition. So, PCB stated that if any foreign players are unwilling to visit Pakistan due to security facts then, the players will be replaced by local players. So, now PCB is working for this backup plans.
International cricket was stalled in Pakistan since 2009 when a terrorist attack was occurred on Sri Lanka team bus. Since then Pakistan could not arrange any international series for long time. Just Zimbabwe visited Pakistan sixe years later in 2015 and played a short series. But, the situation is much better now and PCB believes that Pakistan is completely secure now. But, still no teams seems happy to go there. So, PCB has taken this decision to host a PSL final in Pakistan. So, that all can see how secure it is.
However, PCB has already taken some certain steps to revive international cricket to Pakistan, they have invited West Indies to visit their country in order to play just a T20 series which consists of only two matches. But, they are yet to respond. West Indies players association must observe the security facts indeed.
Though, international cricketers association named FICA has recently revealed a statement that Pakistan is still passing a danger period and it would not safe for the players to visit their which means Pakistan still possess security threats and international players should avoid to visit their. But PCB is still trying to assure them that Pakistan is considerably safe now and can able to arrange any international cricket tournament. They even ready to give any kinds of security protocol.
PSL is the newest T20 competition which first season was staged in 2016. Since the beginning of the tournament, PCB wanted to arrange the final match of the tournament in Pakistan and Najam Sethi also placed his wich in front of the committee. So, the board took some certain steps to bring the game in Pakistan again and after successfully completion of the inaugural season of PSL, they thought that it would perfect to make next final in Pakistan. And also they received the security clearance from Punjab. Besides, the board does not want to make any mistake about their security issues and already bought four bulletproof buses for the players. PCB thinks that it would probably helps players to build their confidence.
Finally, if PCB will fail to convince the overseas players, then they will replace them by the local players which would be their last option.