Zalmi's foreign players will play PSL final in Lahore: Afridi

Published: March 2, 2017
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PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

PHOTO COURTESY: PSL

Recently retired Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has delighted cricket fans with the news that the entire foreign contingent of Peshawar Zalmi will travel to Lahore for the Pakistan Super League (final), provided that their team qualifies.

While the staging of the PSL final in Lahore has been met with great enthusiasm, the mood was somewhat dampened when all four of Quetta Gladiators’ foreign players — Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills, Luke Wright and Rilee Rossouw — decided not to play the title-deciding game citing security concerns.

However, Afridi’s announcement, per Express News, will be music to the ears of those planning to attend the March 5 final at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Quetta Gladiators’ foreign players back out, but coaches will be in Lahore

Even before Afridi’s revelation, there were murmurs of Darren Sammy and the rest of the West Indian contingent being ready to travel to Lahore. However, the real coup will be if Zalmi have also succeeded in convincing England’s Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan to make the trip.

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  • BrainBro
    Mar 2, 2017 - 7:54PM

    I do not think, the people of color – black, brown and yellow – should have any problems playing in Pakistan. It is usually the white-colored folks, who may hold justifiable apprehensions; but even for them, Pakistan has become a relatively safer destination, over the last two years.Recommend

  • Razi
    Mar 2, 2017 - 9:37PM

    lala you beauty

    Zalmi ZindabadRecommend

  • Fiz
    Mar 2, 2017 - 10:22PM

    Superb. Thanks to all of them who want to play in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Umair Ahmad
    Mar 3, 2017 - 1:24AM

    @BrainBro:
    Some of this push back is expected. Please do not try to give it a racial color. We want to keep diversity in our PSL where people from race, colors, origins feel welcome to come and play. Patience my dear as the great Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience” Remember that even if we could get 2 international players per team in a final this will open doors but this doesn’t mean Pakistan can organize a series within months. This will still takes years so we can not become complacent. Foreigner do not just look at the VIP security but believe in general perception of security environment. God Speed.Recommend

  • Well Wisher
    Mar 3, 2017 - 2:20PM

    Only if they get to the finals!!!Recommend

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