PSL 2016-17 March 3, 2017

PSL finalists to pick foreign players from pool


ESPNcricinfo understands that four foreign contracted players from Peshawar Zalmi will travel to Lahore, should they make the final © PCB/PSL

Quetta Gladiators and the winners of the third playoff, a virtual semi-final between Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings, will pick from a pool of approximately 12 foreign players to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore on Sunday.

The pool was created from the nominations of each franchise - and subsequently whittled down - to cover for the absence of contracted foreign players, who are unwilling to travel to Lahore over security worries.

How many are picked from the list - which includes players from Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe, England and West Indies - will depend on which team - Karachi or Peshawar - make it to the final.

None of Quetta's contracted foreign players will be traveling to Lahore, so they can pick up to five from the list. As many as four of Peshawar Zalmi's foreign contingent may be willing to travel to Lahore, which will come as good news to organisers and fans. If that is the case, they may not even have to pick a name from the list.

Though reports have suggested that all five of Peshawar's foreign players are willing to go to Lahore, ESPNcricinfo understands that the best case scenario is four going: captain Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan. The fifth, Samit Patel, has not been given an NOC by his county Nottinghamshire, and will not travel to Lahore. None of the players have publicly committed to traveling; in an interview with Geo TV last week Jordan chose not to comment when asked if he would travel.

If Karachi win though, they will need to pick a number of players. As it stands, only Ravi Bopara from their foreign contingent is going to Lahore, having tweeted his indication to do so before the game. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Ryan McLaren will not travel.

Should Karachi win, organisers as well as franchises will have to face up to the prospect of playing the final with a vastly different side to the one that made it through the league and knockout stages. Names within the pool include Bangladesh's Anamul Haque, South Africans Morne van Wyk and Richard Levi, as well as Sean Ervine and Graeme Cremer from Zimbabwe.

The final names will only become apparent after the game between Peshawar and Karachi. There is one name on the list that both Quetta and Karachi had nominated. In case both sides want that player at the end of tonight's game, a coin toss will determine who gets first pick. If Peshawar win, there are no conflicts with Quetta.

Most of the players in the pool have already secured visas to travel, and those currently without one should be able to procure them by the time they travel to Lahore. It is expected that the foreign players who are traveling will not be staying in the city overnight, flying in and out on the same day.

Osman Samiuddin is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ken on March 5, 2017, 12:13 GMT

    this is a joke, surely. What a disgrace by the pakistan board to program the final in Lahore. making up teams for the final by picking alternate players from a pool of those who are prepared to risk playing there?? its making a laughing stock of pakistan cricket. if the security provided during the disastrous sri lankan tour is anything to go by god help the players on the day, because the security wont help them.

  • Khurram S Chaudhry on March 4, 2017, 12:04 GMT

    Why didnt QG picked Levi? He would have been more better at top of the order

  • Mehwish Ali on March 4, 2017, 11:10 GMT

    Sami did some great bowling spells from ISB United but no one noticed or said a word about him coming back. And right now, our national team is a joke in limited overs cricket. Selectors must consider Sami for National team in limited overs cricket. His speed and line o length is just great right now.

  •   Shoaib Khan on March 4, 2017, 10:13 GMT

    With PSL knockout games being played in Pakistan next year, government must build bigger stadiums or increase seating capacity of current stadiums. I was totally disappointed for knowing that even most expansive tickets are sold out within hours of release and I can't go and watch this great PSL final in Lahore...only 28,000 capacity in stadium we need more like 128,000 capacity stadiums in Pakistan for these thrilling games of PSL.

  • itsalw5267999 on March 4, 2017, 9:04 GMT

    @BARNEY TRG, in 2003 worldcup, Inzamam-ul-haq played 6 matches and scored a total of 19 runs. Even coming back home, he was made captain of Pakistan team and still considered among the top batsmen specially in Pak cricket. Failures can occur with anyone and it doesn't mean you just write them off for ever. I agree that he spilled a lot of crucial catches but we can consider him only as a batsman. His wicket keeping skills are in doubt specially when you have sarfaraz and Rizwan also there.

  • Syed on March 4, 2017, 6:41 GMT

    Kamran Akmal wants to be back in National team bcoz he scored a century in virtual semi finals though in last 6 innings he crossed 30 only once. On other hand Mohammad Sami runs given per over during his last two overs of PSL matches has been under 5 which is simply incredible. It will however be considered a crime if any talk of Samis come back is done. Pakistan cricket is run on regional basis & all cricket lovers must learn this fact.

  • Mehr Alishba on March 3, 2017, 21:19 GMT

    Kamran century may have made Peshawar win but not to forget that he nearly derailed the Top Gear with last four overs yielding very fever runs. Karachi if did even managed 20 runs better in First 6 overs must have win due Kamran Akmal strange ploy to play for self century and thus achieving a total below par score that should have been well over 200. Pakistan does not require such mean players and I pray that PCB take notice of this and keep him as well other incapables like Umar Akmal, Wahab, Hafeez, Rizwan, Nawaz, bhatti, Maqsood, Anwar Ali from future selections. We have seen some very good capable and emerging players like Fakhar, Shadab, Usama, Irfan Jr, Ruman Raees, H Talat and this shall be future of Pakistan Team along with Shehzad, Sharjeel (if cleared from match fixing), Babur, Shoib, Yasir, Imad, Amir etc with Sarfraz leading from front.

  • imran on March 3, 2017, 21:01 GMT

    Great game.. PSL has been very entertaining.. it's growing with every day., more and more fan following.. looking forward to final. It's was full house and crowed had good time.. Among Iocal new guys I will rate these four accordingly.. 1- Shadab Khan 2- Hussain Talat 3- Fakhar Zaman 4- Hassan Khan

    Feel sorry about Sharjeel.

  • Gazi on March 3, 2017, 21:00 GMT

    A game of cricket or football or any other sport is surely not worth a single life and If there is slight chance of genuine threat,it should be put ahead.Games,music etc. are a great way to run from a monotonous&stressful life and it is perfectly understandable why people are so eager to see International cricket being played in Pakistan,but cricketers are performers who plays for passion&money,they are only obliged to play if they think it's safe&worthy for them.If they don't,you can't force/blame them.No matter how much security has been arranged,it surely hasn't convinced almost all of PSL's foreign contingent and as a significant part of PSL family,it will surely take significant shine of the final as well and question marks remain over how 1 off match foreign players perform in game of such magnitude with no time to gel with teammates&condition.

  • iqbal7861 on March 3, 2017, 20:27 GMT

    @barney trg. Not that I care for Kamran Akmal one way or the other but you should take a good look in the mirror to realize what a joke really is. Not just sports but life is all about failures and how to respond to those failures, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

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