England Cricketer Dawid Malan who represented Peshawar Zalmi has revealed that he was convinced to tour Pakistan for the final of Pakistan Super League after a chat with Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawerdene despite being opposed by his mother.
Malan told The Times UK that conversation with Sri Lankan duo of Sangakkara and Jayawerdene persuaded him to visit Lahore for the final of Pakistan Super League.
“I made up my mind to go and play Final in Pakistan after talking with Sanga and Mahela who persuaded me to go despite of the fact my Mum not being in favor of this decision and asked me not to go,” said Malan in an interview.
“I’d say 80 per cent of the overseas players were totally against it. They were saying ‘you’d be stupid to go’, and all that.” Malan was quoted in the article by Mike Atherton.
“But it was a conversation I had with Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara that persuaded me. These guys had been involved with that attack in 2009 and if they were saying it should be safe, and the security would be sufficient, then I thought I’d be fine,” he added.
“We made the decision to go about 11am on Saturday morning. I didn’t want to be the only overseas player going, so it was quite a big thing when Darren Sammy, our captain, said he’d go.”
“He (Sammy) was also important in the negotiations. They paid us ‘danger money’ to go, and initially they tried to rank us according to the value of our initial contracts for the tournament. Darren told the organizers that we should all be paid the same amount,” Malan revealed.