PSL:Thousands of spectators arrived at National Stadium Karachi on a hot Sunday afternoon to witness the first major cricketing event in the port city in the last nine years.

Nearly 32,000 will witness the showdown between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United as they compete for the Pakistan Super League 2018 title, expected to begin around 8pm local time.

The doors to the stadium had been opened at 12 noon and were supposed to be closed at 5pm, but organisers had to extend the deadline by two hours due to the large numbers of cricket hungry fans still lined up outside.

The closing ceremony of the tournament — featuring the musical talents of Ali Zafar, Strings and Aima Baig, among others — started a little after 6pm.

At the outset of the ceremony, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi thanked the law-enforcement agencies and the federal and Sindh governments for making the holding of the PSL final in Karachi a reality.

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi speaks at the ceremony. — DawnNews
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi speaks at the ceremony.

Congratulating Karachiites on the return of international-level cricket to their city after nine years, Sethi said the holding of the matches in the country was testament to the fact that “we are ready for the return of international cricket”.

The PCB chairman said the tournament did not belong to any political party, leader or state institution, but to the people of Pakistan.

After Aima Baig enthralled the crowd with her hit Coke Studio number Baazi, it was Farhan Saeed and Shehzad Roy who entertained the crowd with their performances.

Monitoring Desk