Gayle, Sangakkara refuse to play PSL final in Lahore

Published: February 20, 2017
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Karachi Kings’ Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have refused to travel to Lahore for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final despite being made lucrative financial offers by the league organisers.

As many as 50 cricketers expressed their desire to partake in the title-deciding match after the PSL organisers, following a high-level meeting, decided to go ahead and hold the match in Lahore, per Express News

However, absent from the list was the star trio of Gayle, Sangakkara and Jayawardene, who have refused to travel to Pakistan, citing the country’s volatile security conditions.

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The PCB, in order to bring international players on board, has reportedly offered between $10,000 and $50,000 to the said players on top of the salaries they are already receiving.

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  • Farru
    Feb 20, 2017 - 7:00PM

    Sad, but no problem. They must have their own genuine reasons. The final in Lahore will be a superb eventRecommend

  • Muneer
    Feb 20, 2017 - 8:05PM

    Quality of cricket will surely be affected by holding PSL final in Lahore at this stage.Drafts other than original players of the teams will be participating for sake of money and not quality/ good cricket.There will hardly be any team spirit,only individualism.Pakistan cricket is likely to lose more then gain.Recommend

  • Samrat
    Feb 20, 2017 - 8:13PM

    3 wickets are down already, as I said not everyone is as desperate as Zimbabweans.Recommend

  • Arbab firdos
    Feb 20, 2017 - 8:33PM

    Dear brother i think no country in the world is safe as it was some twenty years back.But no problam we adjusted ourself according to the prasant satuationRecommend

  • Arbab firdos
    Feb 20, 2017 - 8:41PM

    Psl must be played in pakistan’Dont be affraid of death,Everybody has to die on fixed date as fixed by AllahRecommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 20, 2017 - 9:30PM

    I don’t blame them ….. its not an easy decision.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Feb 20, 2017 - 10:10PM

    It would be unfair to expect Sri Lankans to play at Lahore. It is a bold decision by PCB, technically they will bring the playe s few hours before the match and fly them out immediately after the match. No night stay, they. Can manage it, with additional dough they can make it happen.Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Feb 20, 2017 - 10:14PM

    They have their reasons but holding final in Pakistan will be a nice start. I am sure if everything goes fine and overall security condition improve , we might see teams starting to tour again. PCB could have played U19’s in PSL final and people will still fill Qadaffi. Recommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Feb 20, 2017 - 11:17PM

    @Arbab firdos:

    “Dear brother i think no country in the world is safe as it was some twenty years back”

    I agree with you 100% on that.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Feb 21, 2017 - 12:44AM

    Send these two guys back home immediately there are many more ready to play in Lahore…Recommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 21, 2017 - 3:12AM

    Can’t blame them. Surely, with help of Pakistan Army, PCB wii hold final without any incident but would it be called a safe event? Calling army for help and every law enforcement agency to work 24/7 for security is a proof that it is not a safe environment to play cricket without fear.Recommend

  • Ahmar Khan
    Feb 21, 2017 - 4:17AM

    Gayle, Sangakkara and Jayawardene’s team won’t even make it to PSL Final so who cares? Recommend

  • FAZ
    Feb 21, 2017 - 8:33AM

    @Farru:
    The biggest reason being, the cancellation of their life insurance. Money matters Recommend

  • Giri
    Feb 21, 2017 - 8:53AM

    There is only one solution as expressed by one franchise owner…Army chief and Nawaz Sharief must sit within 50 feet distance from the players and come and go by same route within 5 minutes of player arrival and departure. That is the only way to instill belief in players that establishment is serious about security. Can PCB arrange that?Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Feb 21, 2017 - 9:14AM

    HeHeHe wait and watch & good luck to all spectators .Recommend

  • Aqeel
    Feb 22, 2017 - 1:00PM

    If Nawaz and Shahbaz sharif pledge to attend the final in Lahore, it would send a very encouraging signal to all the players who are still having second thoughts.Recommend

  • haasham
    Mar 1, 2017 - 1:32PM

    PSL final has to be held in UAERecommend

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