PSL 9: PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi surprised by low crowd attendance in Karachi


Naqvi said that PCB will look to find a solution in future.

Mohsin Naqvi, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), expressed astonishment at the lower turnout of spectators during the matches of the ninth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) held in Karachi.

The National Bank Cricket Arena played host to 11 matches, and with the exception of the current final clash between Multan Sultans and Islamabad United, the level of attendance has raised concerns.

Addressing the press, Naqvi mentioned that the PCB is committed to exploring potential solutions for such issues in the future.

Naqvi remarked, “The empty stadiums in Karachi remain a mystery to me and pose a significant puzzle.”

“In Multan, Lahore, and Rawalpindi, we witnessed considerable turnout, which makes it all the more perplexing why Karachi didn’t attract as many spectators. We are actively seeking a resolution,” he elaborated.

It’s important to highlight that the ongoing final match between Multan Sultans and Islamabad United is currently in progress.

Setting the stage, the Sultans have set a target of 160 runs after choosing to bat first. Usman Khan’s aggressive innings of 57 runs off 40 deliveries was complemented by Iftikhar Ahmed’s quickfire cameo of 32 runs from just 20 balls.

Imad Wasim shone brightly for United, claiming a remarkable five-wicket haul during his spell, while captain Shadab Khan also made his mark with three wickets, conceding 32 runs.

Islamabad United: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Salman Ali Agha, Shadab Khan (c), Azam Khan (wk), Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Hunain Shah, Tymal Mills

Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Yasir Khan, Usman Khan, Johnson Charles, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Usama Mir, Mohammad Ali, Abbas Afridi

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