Foreign players uncertain over playing in Pakistan leg in PSL

England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, along with teammates Jason Roy and Alex Hales has publicly made it clear they will not be available for the play-off matches in Lahore.

Published: 14th March 2018 12:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2018 12:34 AM   |  A+A-

England's Eoin Morgan. ( File | AFP)

England's Eoin Morgan. ( File | AFP)


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

England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan joined Karachi Kings in Sharjah as did other English stars like Jason Roy (Quetta Gladiators), Alex Hales and Sam Billings (Islamabad United) yesterday.

But none of them are willing to travel to Pakistan 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 Lahore or the final in Karachi on March 25 if their franchises qualify.

Doubts also remain over whether Billings will come to Pakistan.

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 Dubai that he would not travel to Lahore or Karachi.

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

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

Sangakkara 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 cricket venue and forcing the Pakistan Cricket 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 captain Darren Sammy, agreed to play in Pakistan but all the foreign stars of Quetta Gladiators backed out.

PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said as a backup 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 West Indies in the first week of next week.

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp