In a thrilling contest on Monday, February 28th, Quetta Gladiators defeated Peshawar Zalmi by just 1 run and qualified for the final, but the team faces a big setback. The majority of their overseas contingent have opted not to travel to Lahore for the PSL final.
Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tymal Mills all tweeted about leaving the tournament, while former New Zealand off-spinner Nathan McCullum will also not travel, according to Cricinfo. Rilee Rossouw is believed to still be considering whether to play in the final on March 5.
Wright tweeted: “It’s with a heavy heart I will not be coming to Lahore. I have a young family and for me a game of cricket is just not worth the risk. I’m sorry as I know how much it means to you all and hopefully in the future the safety will not be in doubt to come play there.”
UPDATE: Rilee Rossouw has also confirmed that he won’t be taking part in the final.
According to the PCB, teams who end up severely shorthanded can rope in a pool of nominated foreign players. The list, consisting more than 50 players is composed of those who were not picked in the draft last October, as well as additional names from outside the draft, who are willing to travel to Pakistan. Find out the complete list HERE.
Each franchise will nominate five to six players from the long list and hand it to the PSL, who hope that ultimately, accounting for common names that appear in multiple lists, they have a shortlist of 12 to 15 waiting on standby to participate in the final.