Gladiators proved their mettle this time and overcame Zalmi in the final of PSL 4 at the National Stadium Karachi. The franchise representing the city of Quetta may have brought the people of Baluchistan something to cheer about. They outplayed Peshawar Zalmi and comfortably beat them by eight wickets in a not so competitive final last night. The final was attended by a jam packed exuberant crowd alongside high profile audience like the Army Chief, the President, Sindh Governor, CM Sindh and scores of celebrities and notable personalities.
Zalmi struggled in the first batting scoring 138 in the allotted 20 overs. The Gladiators chased the target confidently with 2.1 overs to spare. Muhammad Hasnain clinched Man of the Match award for his 3 for 30. Shane Watson was declared Player of the Tournament. Watson scored 430 runs including 3 fifties. He is the only batsman to reach 400 mark in this year’s PSL.
Earlier CM Sindh and PCB Chairman addressed the crowd before the closing ceremony. Pakistan’s talented artists and singers performed on the stage and mesmerized the cricket fans.
Among uncertainties and speculations about the future of PSL in Pakistan, we surely witnessed a compelling optimism for cricket in Pakistan at the National Stadium. Amidst BCCI’s cunning tactics to isolate Pakistan and spoil our home cricket, the final at Karachi and the response of its people sent a defying message across the border. The nation enjoys a tenacious bond with the game. Pakistan is the country that has produced an outstanding generation of talented crickets over the years and cannot be bullied by a conspiracy of a hostile neighboring cricket board.
Since PSL 4 has set an impressive stage for PCB to organize the event in Pakistan next year and the government also seems equally interested too, we hope that the revival of cricket in Pakistan is not too far from now.