KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he is keen to bring international cricket back to Karachi and assure the PCB of foolproof security for the PSL-3 final scheduled to be held in the city on March 25.

Sindh CM said this here on Friday while talking to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, who called on him along with his security team at the chief minister house. PCB Director Security and Anti-Corruption M Azam Khan, Principal Secretary to Sindh CM Sohail Rajput, IG Sindh AD Khowaja, Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Pervaiz, Deputy DG Rangers Brig Nasir, Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Maher, Commissioner Karachi Aijaz Ali Khan, DIG South Azad Khan and SSP security also attended the meeting.

The CM said he has already issued necessary directives to his administration to make foolproof security arrangements for the PSL-3 final. “People of Sindh are excited to receive international cricket players in the city,” he said.

PCB chairman Najam Sethi said that there should be security rehearsal for the PCB event. On this, the CM directed IG Police and Deputy DG Rangers to make full dress security rehearsal and get it covered by the media. “This would further develop confidence of international cricket in our security arrangement,” he said and directed the IG Police to do the drill within next 30 days and when requested by the PCB security team.

He said that the provincial government has already successfully provided foolproof security to two important events, including Moharram Majalis and His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and now this event would also be held in a successful way.

Sethi told the chief minister that they would arrange some armored vehicles or bulletproof vehicles to transport the players from airport to hotel and to the stadium. On this, the CM directed IG Police to procure two bulletproof armored buses. The specification of the armored buses should be in accordance with the international standards, he said and directed the IG Police to make necessary consultation with the PCB security team for the purpose. “Mr Sethi, we would do each and everything whatever you want but we want you to bring international cricket back to Karachi,” said.

Sethi told the CM that the repair work of the stadium was in progress. On this, IG Police AD Khowaja suggested that SSP security may be inducted into the team of PCB responsible for carrying out repairing work. The SSP security would suggest installation of walkthrough gates, installation of CCTV cameras, construction exit and entry points in accordance with security requirement. Later, it was decided to include the SSP security in the repair work.

Sethi lauded the efforts of the chief minister for restoring peace in the city. “You have done your job successfully,” he said. The chief minister directed IG police, Home Secretary and PCB team to coordinate with each other for further decisions.