ISLAMABAD - The main round of Cool & Cool presents Haier Mobile T20 Cup 2015 will start today (Tuesday) at Pindi Stadium and Marghazar Ground simultaneously.

The main round of the tournament will be full of entertainment as well as crowd puller. The spectators are eager to turn up to witness their super stars in action, as Boom Boom Afridi is back from the US and will lead Karachi Blues in next matches. But he is likely to miss the first match today (Tuesday) against Abbottabad Region, as he recovers from jetlag of traveling 1000s of miles from England to the US.

Rawalpindi Region match against Bahawalpur will be the match to watch as Rawalpindi skipper Sohail Tanvir is back after playing in the US and will lead the side. The atmosphere at the stadium will be electrifying, as local team will be playing under floodlights and tickets for the encounter have already been sold and it will be jam-packed crowd during the match.

A total of five matches will be played at the inaugural day of the main round. Two matches will be played at Marghazar ground where Hyderabad Region will take on Multan in the first match at 10am while Abbottabbad Region will vie against Karachi Blues in second match at 2pm. Three matches will be conducted at Pindi Stadium as Karachi Region Whites take on Sialkot Region in the first match at 12pm while Lahore Region Whites play against Islamabad Region in the second match at 4pm and hosts Rawalpindi Region face high-flying Bahawalpur region, who earned the right of playing the main round by stunning mighty Lahore Region Blues, in the last encounter of the day.

Tight security arrangements were already in place. The sources in DCO office have confirmed that there would be absolutely no relaxation for anybody, who wouldn’t have valid tickets for matches and vehicles without valid parking stickers and wouldn’t be allowed to enter the stadium road, no matter how influential they are.

The sources added that tournament organising committee patron Shakil Shiekh had detailed meetings with different agencies and taken up the issue of genuine ticket-holders being deprived of entering the stadium. He was assured that this time, cricket lovers having valid tickets would be given top most priority to enter the stadium. The sources said highly significant issue of school-going kids, facing a lot of difficulties due to closure of main road, was also raised and the DCO has assured that he would pass on orders and school kids should be given smooth passage and their vehicles would also be given path.

The sources confirmed that Shakil Sheikh had taken very strong notice of difficulties being faced by the sports journalists and assured Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) chairman Abdul Mohi Shah and president Mohsin Ali during a meeting that internet problem would be resolved while entry of non-relevant persons would be strictly banned. The new wifi was installed in the media center and instructions were already passed on to security staff to ensure only genuine journalists to enter the media room. The RISJA chairman and president thanked Shakil and PCB for resolving the issue amicably.

A total of 12 teams will battle it out for the ultimate glory. The semifinals will be held on September 14 and the grand mega final will be played on September 15 under floodlights. The umpiring decisions were quite dubious during the qualifying round but Intikhab Alam has assured that no such dubious decisions would be repeated and umpires committing blunders would face the music. The PCB should have used latest technology and teams should have given right of referring the decision at least once. Without technology, the pressure is on umpires and they are forced to make decisions more carefully.

Pindi is well known for pulling huge crowds and things are going in same direction. It would be test case for security personals as well, as in the past, they came under heavy criticism of allowing their near and dears ones to enter the stadium without tickets or passes, but this time, the DCO has made tall claims in this regard and only the time will tell, whether he fulfills his promise or not.