Pietersen, Wright pull out of PSL final in Lahore

Kevin Pietersen

Quetta Gladiators squad is set to be lessened before they leave for Lahore to play the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which is scheduled on March 5, as the majority of their foreign players opted not to travel the country due to safety reasons.

Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tymal Mills all cleared the air on twitter regarding their unavailability for the final encounter, while the Kiwi offspinner Nathon MacCullum is also not available. Rile Rossouw, who is also the leading run scorer for Quetta this year with 255 runs, is also believed to be considering the safe option of not participating in the summit clash.

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The England all-rounder, 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.”

Kevin Pietersen signed off from the PSL in great style yesterday with his blistering 40 off just 22 balls, as Quetta romp to a dramatic 1-run win against Peshawar Zalmi.

Mills also took seven wickets from five matches, while Nathan MacCullum didn’t feature in any game.

The PSL management hopes to convince as many players as possible and is expected to once again brief the foreign players of the exhaustive security measures that are taken ahead of the final encounter. But the plan to replace foreign players who are unwilling to travel to Lahore is also in place: a list of 60 less-known overseas players will be shared with all the franchises’ owners to pick from as a replacement.

It is also learned from that authoritative sources that the foreign players are offered payments, ranging from USD 10,000 to 50,000, should they agree to feature in the final match.

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