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PSL 9 Security Plan Finalised: Aerial Surveillance to be Deployed

The ninth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to begin on February 17, 2024, with a grand opening ceremony and a thrilling match between the defending champions Lahore Qalandars and the two-time winners Islamabad United at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The tournament, which will feature six franchises and 34 matches, will be held across four cities in Pakistan: Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi and Karachi. The final will be played at the National Bank Stadium in Karachi on March 18, 2024.

As the countdown to the biggest cricketing event in the country begins, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the local authorities have announced a comprehensive security plan to ensure the safety and smooth conduct of the event.

According to the security plan, a total of 17,176 police personnel will be deployed across the three districts where the matches are scheduled to take place. Additionally, three companies of the army will contribute to the security measures for the event.

The distribution of police personnel includes 6,936 in Lahore, 5,700 in Multan, and 4,538 in Rawalpindi. The police force will collaborate with other districts to manage traffic flow in the host cities, and they will oversee the movement of teams and the installation of jammers during matches.

Aerial surveillance of PSL routes will be conducted using helicopters, while 24-hour monitoring will be facilitated by Safe Cities’ cameras. Extra cameras will be installed along the routes of cricket teams and within the stadiums.

The deployment of mobile command vans and drones with cameras is also part of the security plan.

In addition, the routes will be patrolled by 20 teams each from Dolphin and Elite Force. The cricket teams participating in the PSL will receive the same treatment as state guests, with their safety and security being ensured for the duration of the tournament.

The PSL 9 promises to be a spectacular show of cricketing talent, as some of the world’s best players will join the local stars in the six franchises. The tournament will also feature some exciting contests, such as the highly anticipated clash between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings, scheduled for February 24 and March 9, and the derby between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi, scheduled for February 27 and March 18.

The PSL 9 will also feature some of the finest commentators and analysts, who will provide insights and analysis on the matches. The commentary panel includes Ramiz Raja, Waqar Younis, Aamir Sohail, Michael Clark, Simon Doull, Pommie Mbangwa, Mark Butcher, Sikandar Bakht, Mike Haysman, Bazid Khan, Danny Morrison, Ian Bishop, Dominic Cork, Sana Mir and Urooj Mumtaz. Zainab Abbas and Erin Holland will be joining as PSL-9 presenters.

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