LAHORE (AFP) – Pakistan will deploy troops and bullet-proof buses for Sunday s Pakistan Super League final, its biggest cricket match in years, after a wave of militant attacks prompted a host of foreign stars to pull out.
“Unprecedented” security involving thousands of troops and police will guard the sold-out game in Lahore — scene of a deadly 2009 assault on Sri Lanka s team which halted international cricket tours in the country.
Fears of a fresh incident threaten to overshadow Sunday s final between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi, the culmination of a Twenty20 tournament which has otherwise been played in the United Arab Emirates.
Holding the final in Pakistan has drawn criticism from some quarters, after a series of militant attacks in February left 130 people dead, including a Lahore suicide blast that killed 14.
“God forbid if any mishap happens we can say goodbye to int (international) cricket in Pak for the next decade,” tweeted Pakistan great Imran Khan.