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'It Was Embarrassing': Wasim Akram On 'Zero' Crowd At Karachi During PSL 2024 Playoffs

The 'low-crowd' Karachi stadium
The 'low-crowd' Karachi stadium

As Pakistan Super League (PSL) nears its climax, the focus has shifted not only to the on-field action but also to the eerily quiet stadiums, particularly in Karachi. Despite the exhilarating matches and thrilling moments that have characterized this season, the lack of spectators has cast a shadow over the playoffs.

The National Cricket Stadium in Karachi, once a vibrant hub of cricketing enthusiasm, witnessed a stark contrast during the recent Eliminator 1 clash between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators. Instead of echoing cheers and chants, the stadium stood almost deserted, leaving the players to battle it out in a surreal silence.

Expressing his dismay, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram didn't mince his words. In a candid statement, he confessed feeling "embarrassed" by the absence of spectators during the crucial playoff matches in Karachi. 

Here's what he said:

"It was embarrassing to see no crowd in Karachi. There was no crowd, literally no crowd for last night's match," Akram remarked during an interview with A Sports.

While other venues like Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan enjoyed packed stands, Karachi's turnout has been disappointingly low, a trend exacerbated by the arrival of Ramzan. Despite concerns raised by fans, PSL officials have opted against relocating the remaining fixtures, choosing to grapple with the subdued atmosphere instead.

As the PSL strives to maintain its status as one of cricket's premier T20 leagues, the challenge of revitalizing the fan experience in Karachi looms large. With the final showdown fast approaching.