90pc of foreign cricketers cleared to tour Pakistan for PSL: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI – Security forces have cleared almost 90 per cent of the foreign cricketers participating in the third season of the Pakistan Super League to tour Pakistan for the playoffs as the final, says the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to a statement issued by the ISPR, senior military leaders — who visited all the PSL franchises on Wednesday — were informed that almost 90 per cent of the cricketers that have been categorised as ‘foreign’ had been successfully cleared and that troops had secured some strategic heights overlooking the PSL final.

Field commanders briefed the leadership on the progress made in the operation. They were informed about the number of cricketers captured during the operation and that not many of them had been allowed to flee to the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“On completion of this operation, all foreign cricketers currently under contract with the PSL franchises would be cleared of participation in the third edition, thereby providing environment for return of international cricket to Pakistan and development to proceed,” the ISPR statement said.

Security forces had launched the operation on November 12 when the franchise drafts for PSL 3 were finalised. The operation was designed to clear all international cricketers belonging to various franchises and has seen unparalleled successes in the first three months of its launch.

The operation is expected to be completed by mid-March.