Karachi [Pakistan], Oct 24 (ANI): With the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) planning to host at least four matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi early next year, the security representatives of a firm that advises the International Cricket Council and the Federation of International Cricketer's Association paid a brief visit to the National Stadium.
Among the visiting contingent was globally-renowned security official Reg Dickason, who was shown around the stadium by the board's head of security Colonel Mohammad Azam Khan.
According to the Express Tribune, the chairman box, VIP enclosures, dressing rooms, umpire room, control room, scoring tower, media center, ground and parking area were the places analysed by Dickason and company as they look tocompile their report on the venue's security arrangements.
"He [Dickason] was quite convinced after seeing PCB's preparations and plans.He also gave his input and suggested some changes, which will be presented to PCB Chairman Najam Sethi in a report. And if the changes are approved by the board, they will be incorporated in the plan," the official said.
Dickason had also met Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, IG Sindh, AD Khawaja, DG Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed and other senior-ranked personnel as the planned matches are certain to require heavy deployment of police officers around the stadium.
Reflecting on his meeting, Dickason said, "I had a very productive meeting with the CM and IG regarding PSL matches to be played in Pakistan, especially in Karachi. We were given a full and comprehensive briefing by law enforcement agencies, which was heartening. The meeting with the CM also went well as he showed a lot of support for cricket coming back to Karachi."
Earlier this month, PCB chairman Najam Sethi had said the board is looking to get the Karachi's National Stadium ready in time for the upcoming third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which is slated to begin on February 9 next year.