Sunday Mar 17 2019
Web Desk

Glittering closing ceremony charges crowd before PSL final

Web Desk
The closing ceremony at National Stadium kicked off with a one minute silence to honour the martyrs of Christchurch terror attack. Photo: Geo News

Fans can’t wait for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi, the two best teams of the tournament.

While the match will be the main attraction on Sunday, the PSL has also announced a star-studded lineup for the closing ceremony.

The ceremony started at 6pm before the toss took place at 7:30pm and the first ball will be bowled at 8pm.

Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah called the PSL matches in Karachi, 'victory for the people of city'. Photo: Geo News

The ceremony was kicked off with the address of Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. 

The ceremony began with a one minute silence to honour the martyrs of Christchurch terror attack. Sindh Chief Minister Shah called the successful PSL matches as a victory for the people of the city.

"We held final last year. this year we held seven matches. I wish international cricket returns home it starts from Karachi," he said.

Aima Baig performing at the PSL event. Photo: Geo News

The leading performers who displayed their talent include Abrar-ul-Haq, Aima Baig, Shuja Haider, Fawad Khan, Young Desi with the final performance of the ceremony by the heart-throb Junoon. 

The ceremony was hosted by one of the most popular anchors and singers, Karachi’s very own Fakhar-e-Alam. 

Spain’s football star Carles Puyol the special guest at the closing ceremony appreciated the welcome given by the country. The Barcelona central defender earned 100 international caps and won the Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010.

"Salam Pakistan. I am very happy to be here. It's my first time here and I am enjoying it a lot. I thought Pakistanis only liked cricket but I have seen they like football a lot also which has made me happy," he said,

Spain’s football star Carles Puyol the special guest at the closing ceremony appreciated the welcome given by the country. Photo: Geo News

The highlight of the event was the evergreen Junoon hitting the stage. Ali Azmat with powerful vocals and Salman Ahmed on guitar entertained the thousands present in the stadium.

Ali Azmat on the stage performing 'Khudi Ko Ker Buland'. Photo: Geo News 

The PCB has also planned a spectacular fireworks display, which will start after the final ends.