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Big-time cricket returns to Karachi

Karachi: Pakistan's biggest city will witness a high-profile cricket match for the first time in nine years on Sunday when the Pakistan Super League final is staged amid heavy security at a newly renovated National Stadium here.
More than 8,000 security personnel have been deployed for the Twenty20 final between Islamabad United and last year's champions Peshawar Zalmi. Karachi, now with a population of 15 million, last saw a major game with international players in February 2009 -- Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan in a Test match.
On the same tour, terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore. On March 3, 2009, the bus carrying the visiting cricketers, part of a large convoy, was fired upon by 12 gunmen near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
They were on their way to play the third day of the second test against Pakistan, and six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed, and six members of the Sri Lanka team were injured. That resulted in an end to international cricket in the country, and the Pakistan Cricket Board was left with no choice but to choose UAE as its "home" turf to host international teams.
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