Matches of the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will also to take place in Quetta, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi announced on Friday.
“I am delighted that seven years after launching the Pakistan Super League, I am today announcing our commitment to add Bugti Stadium in Quetta as the fifth venue for our marquee event,” Sethi was quoted as saying in a press release by the PCB
The announcement to hold PSL matches at Quetta came after the first meeting of the management committee held today.
The PCB chief said that Bugti Stadium is the home ground of Quetta Gladiators and “we still remember the incredible scenes when the Gladiators visited the city after winning the 2019 tournament”.
“The passionate cricket fans of Quetta have been waiting for a long to watch high-profile cricket in their backyard and I am pleased that we will now bring PSL matches to their doors. In this relation, I have already spoken with influential officials in the Balochistan province, who have assured me of their complete support from event delivery perspectives,” he added.
The eighth edition of PSL is scheduled to be held from 13th February to 19th March 2023.
“The committee agreed that PCB will work closely with the local administration for the upgradation and renovation of the Bugti Stadium, while separate discussions will take place between PCB security experts and local authorities to ensure the safety and security of all the participants, officials and spectators,” the statement read.
The committee also discussed Peshawar as a potential venue to stage PSL and international matches and agreed that subject to there being no restrictions imposed by the provincial and federal governments and the stadia boasting international standard facilities for cricket, broadcast, spectators and media, matches will be held in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capital.