After Quetta Gladiators made it to the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017, its top overseas players Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright have decided not to take part in the summit clash. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has scheduled final of PSL 2017 in Lahore on March 05 in a bid to revive cricket back home.
Once it was announced that the final will take place in Lahore, it was expected that foreign players will pull out of it owing security reasons. The England trio took to Twitter to announce their decision. Also Check- PSL 2017: Watch Shahid Afridi smash four big sixes against Quetta Gladiators
“Amazing way to head to the final! One of the reasons we play the game for sure.Unfortunately I will not be travelling to Lahore for the final but will be watching from home and cheering on the boys who I know will fight just as much as they have all tournament,” Mills said in a tweet.
Wright, who featured in just one match for Quetta Gladiators, in one of his tweets felt it is not worth taking risk. “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.” Also Read- Shahid Afridi wants to play farewell match in Lahore
KP too won’t be available for final as he has already left for London.
Quetta Gladiators defeated Peshawar Zalmi in the first playoff to book a place in the final. It was a high scoring game with Zalmi’s falling just one run short of the target. Needing 201 to win, Zalmi scored 199. Mohammad Nawaz was instrumental in setting up Gladiators’ win as he defended seven runs in his last over.
There is no official confirmation regarding the replacement of these players from Quetta camp. It is expected that overseas players from another finalist, which is yet to decided, will back out as well.