The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Punjab government have reached an agreement allowing Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches to go ahead as planned in Lahore and Rawalpindi. Najam Sethi, the head of the PCB, announced on Twitter that the cost of lighting the roads will be divided during PSL 2023 matches in Lahore.
This agreement was reached after the CPB approached its patron-in-chief, Shahbaz Sharif, who is also the Prime Minister of Pakistan. This settled a matchup that had the potential to move all the remaining games of PSL2023 from Lahore to Karachi.
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It has been reported that over the past four days, the Punjab government requested that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) pay PKR 450 million to cover security arrangements made by the administration.
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Good news: Punjab CM Mohsin Naqvi Saheb has kindly agreed to share the cost of lighting routes during PSL matches in Lahore. HBl PSL8 matches in Lahore and Pindi will continue as scheduled.
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) February 26, 2023
The government initially claimed the cost to be PKR 900 million, but later revised it and offered to split the cost 50/50, with the PCB paying the rest. However, the PCB refused to pay, arguing that providing security was the responsibility of the provincial government.
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The conflict arose when the PCB strongly opposed the government’s demands, which included requesting additional payments for the 2023 PSL that the board considered unprecedented.
With regard to the nine games scheduled in Karachi, the Sindh government has not requested that the PCB contribute to the security costs.
Instead, they only ask for a payment to cover the catering expenses of the security personnel, which is estimated to be around PKR 30 million. On the other hand, the Punjab government’s security costs for the parties are about PKR 50 million, which the PCB has already paid for.
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