The Pakistan Super League exhibition fixture between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi was momentarily halted after multiple mishaps including stone pelting and a bomb blast near the stadium. The fixture was played at the Bigut Stadium in Quetta where security was on high alert over the last few days because of this exhibition match.
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The match, however, restarted after about 30 minutes. The bomb blast took place near the police headquarters and entrance of Quetta Cantonment, which is near the Bigut Stadium. Further reports also stated a public outburst outside the stadium was also a reason for the halt as fans arrived was more than the capacity of Bugti Stadium.
This was caused by mismanagement outside the stadium and hence a group of spectators protest outside Bugti Stadium by setting up a fire and throwing stones. Videos of smoke in the stadium were also seen all the over internet which is also among the multiple reasons leading to the halt.
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Talking about the match, countless people had gathered in large numbers at Bugti Stadium to see star players like Babar Azam, Shahid Afridi, and Sarfraz Khan go head to head in the exhibition match ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8. Over 13,000 tickets were sold for the exhibition match, PCB officials as per Geo News.
There was a lot of strict security around the stadium and surrounding areas, with over 4,000 police and Frontier Corps personnel posted. The local district administration had also imposed a ban on drone cameras in and around the stadium. Similarly, people weren’t also allowed to bring any flag other than the Pakistani flag to the stadium.
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