PSL final to be played in Pakistan even if foreign players do not agree: PCB
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the final of second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held in Lahore on March 7 come what may.
Talking to a foreign cricket website, a PCB spokesman said in a recent executive committee meeting it was decided that the final of PSL will be held in Lahore even if no foreign player approved of their presence.
He said the cricket board will replace overseas players who were unwilling to travel to Pakistan.
“PCB will try to convince players to travel to Pakistan but in the worst case scenario we will have a new draft for the players who are ready to tour Pakistan,” he said, ESPNcricinfo reported.
If no foreign players agree to play in Pakistan, then the final will be played in Lahore with local players only, he said adding that the board has also decided to hold a new draft in February to replace the foreign players who were uninterested to play in the country.
“Once the teams for the finals are decided and their icon or foreign players refuse to travel to Lahore, we will make a new draft with a pool from the existing 30-35 players of PSL,” said Chairman Executive Committee PCB Najam Sethi.
“We will probably need about five to ten players for Lahore, and those players who would be available from the discarded three teams can then get picked through this draft for the final,” he said according to the website.