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20 February 2018 Last updated 54 minutes ago

Dress rehearsal for PSL Final 2018 underway in Karachi

Dress rehearsal for PSL Final 2018 underway in Karachi Dress rehearsal for PSL Final 2018 underway in Karachi

A dress rehearsal for the Pakistan Super League Final, which will be held in Karachi on March 25, is underway in the metropolis on Saturday.

At least 8,000 personnel of different law enforcement agencies are taking part in the rehearsal which will take place in two parts: the first leg of the rehearsal will stretch from the airport to the hotel where the teams will be staying; the second leg of the rehearsal will take place from the hotel to Karachi's National Stadium.

The city government has provided paramedic staff and fire brigade services for the rehearsal.

On the basis of the successful conduct of the rehearsal, recommendations will be made to the Federation of International Cricketers' Association, which will then decide whether or not to allow foreign players to participate in the PSL final.

A total of 34 matches will be played across different venues in Dubai, Sharjah and Lahore.

During the season, all teams will play against each other twice before the top four teams qualify for the play-off stage.

Last year, the PSL Season 2 final was held at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium amid tight security.

Last year's final, which took place in Lahore, was seen by some as a watershed moment in Pakistan's cricketing history. The game saw several foreign cricketers visit Pakistan under tight security arrangements despite a bomb going off weeks before the match.

Since then, a World Xi side and a Sri Lanka side have also played in Lahore. The PSL 2018 final is seen as the next step in PCB's long-term plan to bring international cricket back to the cricket-deprived nation.