PSL to continue in Lahore and Rawalpindi as PCB, Punjab government settle dispute

The PCB and Punjab government have reached an agreement that will see PSL games go ahead as scheduled in Lahore and Rawalpindi.

The PCB head Najam Sethi tweeted on Sunday, as Lahore’s first PSL game, between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi was underway, that the board and Punjab government had agreed “to share cost of lighting routes during PSL matches in Lahore… PSL matches in Lahore and Pindi shall continue as scheduled.”

ESPNcricinfo understands that the ice breaker was PCB reaching out its patron-in chief Shahbaz Sharif, who is the prime minister of Pakistan. That brought to an end a standoff that threatened to see all of Lahore’s remaining games played in Karachi.

Over the last four days, it is understood that the Punjab government was asking the PCB to pay PKR 450 million for security arrangements made by the administration. The original cost, according to the government, was PKR 900 million, but the government had revised it, sharing 50% of the cost and asking PCB to pay the rest. The board, however, was adamant against paying, insisting that the prerogative to provide security lies with the provincial government.

The dispute arose when the PCB took a strong stand against the government’s demands such as requesting additional payments, as they believed it was unprecedented.

As far as the nine games in Karachi are concerned, the Sindh government does not require the PCB to pay a share of the security costs, and only asks for remuneration for the security personnel’s catering. That cost is understood to be in the region of PKR 30 million, and in Punjab the cost is roughly PKR 50 million, which the PCB had already sent across.