‘Cricket City’ all set to enthrall crowds with PSL’s fourth chapter

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A view of the National Stadium after being refurbished. The stadium had worn a deserted look for the past nine years due to the law and order situation in the city. (Photo Arab News/M.F. Sabir)
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A photograph depicting the frontage of the National Stadium. (Photo Arab News/M.F. Sabir)
Updated 08 February 2019

‘Cricket City’ all set to enthrall crowds with PSL’s fourth chapter

  • Karachi’s National Stadium will host five matches of the popular event
  • Measures in place live stream the games, commissioner says

ISLAMABAD: Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani said on Thursday that Karachi will stand out as the “Cricket City” during the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The title was given to the city during a meeting on Thursday wherein Shallwani was briefed about PSL’s fourth edition which will take place from February 14 to March 17.
The T20 tournament will span across Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi in the UAE leg, before moving to Lahore and Karachi for the final eight matches.
A statement released by the Deputy Commissioner of the Karachi division said that Karachi’s National Stadium will host a total of five matches, with the first to take place on March 7 when the Karachi Kings will take on the Peshawar Zalmi. 
The other four matches will see the Karachi Kings against the Quetta Gladiators on March 10, Qualifier 1 against Qualifier 2 on March 13, Eliminator 2 on March 15 and the final on March 17.
The Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore will host the Lahore Qalandars when they go head to head with the Islamabad United on March 9. It will then be the Lahore Qalandars against the sixth team on March 10 and Eliminator 1 (3 versus 4) on March 12. 
In order to ensure that the PSL season remains a success, the commissioner said that images of cricket legends will be displayed across different parts of the metropolis during the length of the tournament.
“Special measures are being taken to make the PSL matches successful and memorable,” Shallwani said. “The surroundings of National Stadium and different areas as well as roads and intersections of the metropolis will be decorated.”
With the help of former test cricketer Sadiq Muhammad, the commissioner said that measures are being taken to live stream the matches in different parks of the city. “Such live streaming would be arranged at about 10 parks where cricket lovers can watch PSL matches,” Shallwani added.

Pakistan to be part of new Saudi foreign manpower program 

Updated 14 November 2019

Pakistan to be part of new Saudi foreign manpower program 

  • New skills-based system to be launched from next month
  • Will include India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Starting next month, Saudi Arabia will introduce a new skilled foreign manpower program that will eventually include Pakistan, a senior official at the Saudi labor ministry said this week. 

Nayef Al-Omair, head of the vocational examination program at the Ministry of Labor, said on Tuesday in Riyadh that the ministry was categorizing the tasks and the structure of some professions for visa-issuing purposes.

Under the new policy, visas would be issued only after skill tests and the previous system would be gradually phased out. 

The new scheme would be optional for one year starting December 2019 after which it would become compulsory, Al-Omair said. The new program would first be applied to manpower recruited from India due to its large size in the Saudi market.

Eventually, the program will cover seven countries, including India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Workers belonging to these states constitute 95 percent of professional manpower in the Kingdom’s local market.

Saudi Arabia is home to around 2.6 million Pakistani expats those have been a vital source of foreign remittances.

Last year the country received $21.8 billion in remittances out of which $5 billion were remitted by Pakistani nationals working in Kingdom.

According to the Pakistani ministry of finance, there was a major decline in manpower export to Saudi Arabia where only 100,910 emigrants proceeded for employment in 2018 as compared to 2017, a drop of 42,453 emigrants.

However, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, special assistant to the Pakistani prime minister on overseas Pakistanis, said in an interview earlier this month that Saudi Arabia had agreed to increase the share of the Pakistani labor force in the multi-billion dollar New Taif City development.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have formed working groups to develop procedures for this transfer of manpower. Pakistani groups will visit the Kingdom in the coming months to finalize arrangements.