Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah Thursday presided over a meeting at his office to discuss and finalize the arrangements for holding inaugural match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 5 in Karachi on February 20.
The meeting discussed security and traffic plans, beautification of the city and other arrangements.
“It’s a matter of great honor that inaugural match of PSL-5 is being played in Karachi,” Mumtaz Shah said adding that the provincial government had always extended full cooperation to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and had done excellent arrangements during PSL-4, which the PCB had lauded.
“This time again we will beautify the city in a befitting manner,” Chief Secretary said and directed the officers of district administration, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Town Municipalities, cantonment boards and other concerned departments to initiate beautification arrangements under the supervision of Commissioner Karachi. “The presence of officers and staff of K-Electric, Karachi Water & Sewerage Board and Sindh Solid Waste Management Authority should also be ensured,” he directed.
On this occasion, the PCB officials said that the success of PSL without the help of the Sindh government was not possible therefore all-out efforts would be made in this regard. “This time the number of foreign players and officials is much more than before as the officials of ICC, Bangladesh and South Africa Cricket Boards too are coming here, and the players have already started arriving,” they told the meeting adding that in view of such a great event a large number of cricket lovers are expected to turn out.
Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani informed that he is in constant touch with Police, Rangers and Army and all the security arrangements have been finalized while the city and the national stadium are being beautified.
Additional Inspector General of Police Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon informed that beside traffic and parking plan, the Security Plan of International Standards has been devised for PSL.
Sindh Home Secretary, PCB officials, concerned Deputy Commissioners, representatives of Rangers, officials of civic bodies and others attended the meeting.