Umar Akmal, who is plying his trade for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) recently made a blunder while promoting the franchise-based league. Meanwhile, the tournament will finally arrive in Pakistan after first 26 matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The final eight matches – our in the league stages and four in the playoffs, including the final will take place in Karachi. The stadium didn’t host a PSL game since last year’s final and wasn’t scheduled to this year either. The plans changed after the organisers had to move the game out of Lahore when the government had to temporarily shut its air space recently during heightened political tensions between Pakistan and India.
Tight security deployed in Pakistan
Meanwhile, it has been ten years Pakistan has not hosted top bilateral tournaments since the 2009 attack on Sri Lankan Cricket team bus. There has been tight security in place around the hotels and national stadium and Pakistan Cricket Board is hell-bent to avoid any mishap. Despite the recent tension between India and Pakistan, Australia’s Shane Watson and Windies’ all-rounders Keiron Pollard and Darren Sammy have visited Pakistan.
Umar Akmal of Quetta Gladiators while promoting PSL on social media through a video made a massive blunder. The 28-year-old while promoting Pakistan Super League urged support for the Indian Premier League. However, he rectified his mistake soon after.
“Zaahir si baat hai Quetta ki team Karachi aayi hui hai aur hum apne home ground pe khel rahe hai, aur crowd jitna bhi support karega humari team ko, team utna accha perform karegi. Aur crowd issi tarike se har team ko support karega toh agla IPL (corrects), sorry PSL yahi pe hoga. [It is obvious that with Quetta at home in Karachi, we will be banking on our home support. As many people come out and support us, the better our team will perform. If the crowd continues to support us like this then the next IPL, sorry PSL, will be played here only],,” he said.
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— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoor_ze) March 9, 2019