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Foreign players uncertain over playing in Pakistan leg in PSL

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

As the third edition of the Super League enters its decisive stage, uncertainty remains over how many foreign players will travel to and for the two play-off matches and the summit clash.

England's limited overs joined Kings in Sharjah as did other English stars like (Quetta Gladiators), and (Islamabad United) yesterday. But none of them are willing to travel to because of security concerns.

Morgan, Roy and Hales have already publicly made it clear they will not be available for the play-off matches in or the final in on March 25 if their franchises qualify. Doubts also remain over whether Billings will come to

England's former Test batsman Kevin Pietersen, a big draw in the PSL and who plays for Quetta, has made it clear at a press conference in that he would not travel to or Karachi.

Similarly, Australian has also said if his team Quetta qualifies for the play-offs and final, he would talk to his family before deciding on travelling to Pakistan.

Sri Lanka's former also remains undecided and has said he will look into the matter when it is time to cross the bridge.

Sangakarra was in the Sri Lankan team which was attacked by militants in March 2009 in Lahore leading to the isolation of Pakistan as an international venue and forcing the Pakistan Board to not only hold its home series but also the PSL in the Emirates.

Last year, when the PSL final was held in Lahore, the foreign players of Peshawar Zalmi franchise, including their Darren Sammy, agreed to play in Pakistan but all the foreign stars of Quetta Gladiators backed out.

PCB said as a back up plan, franchises can keep strong replacements ready for the matches in Pakistan in case some of their foreign players did not travel with the teams.

"I think last year we have shown we can provide the best security cover for international matches in Pakistan. Security experts from the ICC and FICA have also visited Lahore and Karachi and inspected the security arrangements there. So there is nothing to worry about for our foreign players in the PSL," he said.

He noted that after the PSL final in Karachi, the city would also host three T20 Internationals against the in the first week of next week.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 19:15 IST