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The city of Lahore is seemingly overwhelmed to host the elimination matches of Pakistani and foreign players in the Pakistan Super League (PSL3) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
An air of celebration and joy grips Lahore as a female traffic warden in the city of gardens has been distributing roses and chocolates to those passing by.
“I am giving out chocolates and flowers to get people excited about the match and promote a positive image,” the warden said while addressing the media.
She exclaimed that people appreciated her gesture.
In the first match, Quetta Gladiators will take on Peshawar Zalmi in a rematch of last year’s final.
The teams have arrived and have been welcomed with pleasant showers. The MET office claim that intermittent light showers are expected throughout the day.
Chris Green, who is representing the Gladiators, said: “I’m very happy to be in Pakistan for the first time. Peshawar Zalmi have a big match today!”
Rilee Rossouw, also representing the Gladiators, said he was glad to have reached Lahore.
“I’m very excited; I hope the Gladiators get a lot of support.”
Foreign commentators have also reached Lahore. Danny Morrison, Alan Wilkins, Micheal Slater, Damien Fleming, and Daren Ganga have arrived alongside Ramiz Raja and Bazid Khan.
As per Accuweather, there is a 51% chance of rain at 7pm which is when the match commences.
In case the match is rained out, the Zalmis will face the Kings in the second eliminator match, with the winner facing Karachi Kings in the finals on March 25, in Karachi.
The PSL’s initial matches have concluded in Dubai and Sharjah and the tournament will now move to Lahore, before concluding with the final in Karachi.
Gaddafi Stadium will host elimination matches on today (March 20) and tomorrow (March 21).
Except for Dwayne Smith, all foreign players of Peshawar Zalmi — including skipper Darren Sammy, Liam Dawson, Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Tamim Iqbal and Chris Jordan — arrived on Tuesday along with the Kings’ Ravi Bopara, Tymal Mills, Joe Denly, David Wiese, Lendl Simmons, and Colin Ingram
The Punjab Interior Secretary and Lahore Commissioner monitored the preparations in the stadium, while the government has imposed Section 144 from Gaddafi Stadium to Mall Road.
While addressing the media, Abdullah Khan Sumbal, the Commissioner of Lahore stated the government will provide all necessary facilities to the cricket enthusiasts, including refreshments on economical rates.
There are as many as four parking areas that have been pre-occupied for the fans coming to watch the matches and shall be taken to the stadium via shuttle service.
Moreover, all educational institutes within a three-kilometre radius of the stadium will be closed by 11 AM, whereas a few metro bus stations will also pause their services.
A monitoring cell has been setup in the Gaddafi Stadium to review the security of the stadium and nearby areas at all times.
Moreover, security officials have visited the dressing rooms and entry points of the spectators to ensure perfection.