"I don't think teams have any excuses left for not coming to Pakistan anymore," Pakistan team captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.

Mohammad Akram and Saghran Bibi were forced to abandon their children and grandchildren to escape an unrelenting Russian-backed offensive in Eastern Ghouta.

Following the orders of Tehran, the Taliban have set their sights on disrupting key infrastructure projects in Afghanistan in an effort to keep the country weakened, officials and former Taliban members say.

Independent investigations have dismissed the Kremlin's assertion that Wagner Group mercenaries are volunteers not affiliated with the Russian military.

More than 8,000 security personnel protected players and spectators.

Silence over Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's peace plan announced late last month indicates the Taliban is pondering its next move, say observers.

The Iranian military's unprovoked shelling of Pakistani soil over the weekend comes days after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's widely dismissed visit to Pakistan.

The improved security situation is bearing fruit as Pakistan has scheduled three PSL matches this year: two play-offs in Lahore and the final in Karachi.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the bombing, which killed at least 10 Pakistanis, including six police officers.

Pakistan's security forces are continuing their drive to eliminate terrorism once and for all, says Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal.