Full-dress security rehearsal for PSL 3 final under way in Karachi

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KARACHI: Routes leading to National Stadium were closed for traffic as full-dress rehearsal for Pakistan Super League 3 final was under in the city Sunday. International consultants have arrived to check security arragements and make a report for Federation of International Cricketers’ Association.

“We hope the international security consultants are satisfied with our arragements,” said Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal while speaking to the media at National Stadium where he had gone for inspection. “But if they have recommendations [for us], those would also be implemented.”

Siyal said the Sindh government would provide foolproof security to the teams playing the PSL matches.

A high-level meeting of security officials and international consultants was also held on the same day where the former briefed the latter on arrangements that have been made so far.

Roads leading to the match site from Civic Centre, Dalmia, Karsaz, New Town were closed for traffic, while a large number of police and Rangers personnel were deployed in and around the stadium.

Moreover, fire brigade and ambulance were kept on a stand-by and a bomb disposal squad was checking vehicles going inside the stadium.

Security consultant tasked by the ICC, FICA and various international cricket boards arrived in Karachi to review security arrangements in the city for proposed final match of PSL.

Dickason was roped in by the PCB in an attempt to regain the international community’s confidence in security arrangements in Pakistan. He was also involved in security arrangements for World XI team’s recent visit to Lahore.

Earlier, he came to Karachi in October 2017 to discuss security arrangements for the same match. During the visit, he had also met the chief minister and inspector general of Sindh.

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