The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Punjab government may have reached an agreement to illuminate the route connecting the team hotels and the Gaddafi Stadium, but their impasse has continued, giving the impression that the Pakistan Super League will be moved from Lahore and Rawalpindi to Karachi after the two sides failed to reach a deal on security costs on Saturday.
The Punjab government has scaled back its request for security costs from Rs450 million to Rs250 million, but the PCB is standing its ground and insisting that the government must secure the teams in accordance with the agreements made in 2014 for the return of international cricket to Pakistan.
Lahore will only host two matches this season, both of which will feature the home team Lahore Qalandars, on Sunday and Monday, according to the PCB, which has also informed its patron-in-chief Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif of the situation (today and tomorrow).
The lights will remain in place because the government does not want to rob the people of Lahore of their chance to enjoy the spectacular T20 extravaganza, Mansoor Qadir, the ministerial committee's focal point, told Dawn. But he insisted that until the PCB agreed to pay Rs250 million for the procurement of security lights for a future usage, the provincial cabinet would not engage in further discussions with that organisation.
The PCB scheduled a meeting of its own to discuss the matter after the Punjab cabinet met on Saturday to formally state their position. Sources within the board stated that the government had verbally offered to lower the price to Rs. 250 million, but the board had refused.
Sources claimed that while the government was unclear about its position, the PCB was. According to the source, "it initially sent a budget requesting the PCB to pay Rs 90.