PSL franchisees offered new draft after doubts over foreign players

Considering the fact that many international cricketers will not travel to Pakistan for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final on March 5, has given the franchisees the option to draft new players.

Speaking on a Pakistan TV channel, PSL chairman Najam Sethi said, “On Feb. 22 we will do a new draft. We will put a formula in front of all the franchises and foreign players to let us know who will play the final in Lahore and who will not come.”

Though Pakistan Cricket Board had promised foolproof security regarding the PSL final, amidst the recent bombing in Lahore, which killed 13 persons and wounded more than 80 people. While the league matches and the playoffs are being played in Dubai and Sharjah, the final is slated to be scheduled to be played in Pakistan.

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Sethi also admitted that he had contacted several international players who are willing to play in the PSL final. “We are in touch with other foreign players so that we could replace those (contracted international) players who are not willing to play in Lahore,” said the PSL chief.

On the other hand, England's Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) has advised England players not to take part in the PSL final, if it is not shifted from Lahore.

PCA's Chief Executive, David Leatherdale told Cricbuzz, “Our position is as before. Players should not make themselves available for the final on advice from the PCA and FICAs security advice. Players have been asked to sign the same disclaimer they did for Bangladesh that it is their full responsibility should they take part in the final.”

While players like Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Steven Finn would automatically not be a part of the final, since they would fly to the Caribbean for the ODI series against West Indies, cricketers like Ben Duckett, Chris Jordan and Kevin Pietersen would have to take a call regarding their participation in the final match.

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