LAHORE: In order to convince foreign players to play in the upcoming Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) final in Lahore, the Pakistan Cricket Board is ready to offer to the overseas recruits extra financial reward and better accommodation facilities at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Talking to the media here, PSL Chairman Najam Sethi said that the overseas players were being offered extra money to play the final in the city. “We are offering them at least $20,000 each if they play the final in Lahore,” he said. PCB has already begun the process of signing new overseas players for the upcoming edition of PSL’s.
New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, England’s Eoin Morgan, Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and South Africa’s Albie Morkel are already on board, he informed. He said that some foreign players had 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.
He 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 that 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 the 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.