Problems for the Pakistan Super League continue as a total of eight CCTV cameras installed at the Gaddafi Stadium for the Lahore leg of the tournament have been stolen. The tournament already dealing with Pakistan’s financial crisis.
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As per reports from Pakistani media, along with the eight security cameras, fibre cables for CCTV cameras and generator batteries have also gone missing from the stadium. Addressing these incidents, tournament officials have filed two cases against the thieves at the Gulberg police station.
Reportedly, the security arrangements made at the venues have cost the authorities a sum of PKR 500 million. However, the Punjab government has agreed to pay PKR 250 million and wants the Pakistan Cricket board to take care of the remaining 50 per cent of the expenses.
But the PCB hasn’t agreed to this demand of paying the money, arguing that it is the provincial government's responsibility to provide security at the venues. Following a conflict between the two parties, the matches are set to be shifted to Karachi if the issue stays unresolved.
Former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja isn’t happy with this decision and has warned the board not to shift the matches to a different location as it could lead to major financial losses. He also stressed the fact that a major tournament cannot go through if there aren’t proper security arrangements at the organizing venues.
Speaking to Geo News, Ramiz said, "PSL 8 not played in Lahore/Rawalpindi will be a big loss. It was based on home and away concept. PSL played at only one city will kill the excitement of the tournament among fans"
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