New PSL draft to be held on March 4
PSL’s second draft delayed until March 4. The Pakistan Super League will offer their teams new players through a fresh PSL Draft on Saturday, March 4. This news comes after a blast in Lahore raised fears that the foreign players wouldn’t be travelling to Pakistan to play the final as was previously thought. List of players who have agreed to play PSL 2017 final in Lahore is placed below. These players will replace the International players in the final two teams if they refuse to play in Lahore.
Players Who Have Agreed to play PSL final in Lahore
Daren Sammy, Chris Jordan, Rohm Mustafa, Ryan ten Doeschate, Tino Best, Galan Rupasinghe, Devon Thomas, Jade Dernbach, Kausal Silva, Jayson Mohammad, Sean Williams, Owais Shah, Soumya Sarkar, Shane Shillingsford, Yasir Arafat, Dawlat Zadran, Chamara Kapugedera, Craig Ervine, Nawroz Mangal, Graeme Cremer, Suleman Benn, Danushka Gunathilaka, Anamul Haq, Brendan Taylor, Farveez Maharoof, Miguel Cummins, Rayad Emrit, Rashid Khan, Kusal Mendis, Dawid Malan, Ashar Zaidi, Max Waller, Steven Taylor, Mome van Wyk, Azharullah, Sachitra Senanayake, Akeal Hosein, Dania Hyatt, Seekuge Prasamia, Darren Stevens, Jeevan Mendis, Sean Ervine, Peter Trego, Alex Wakely, Shahriar Nafees, Richard Levi, Joshua Cobb, Milinda Siriwardana, Phil Mustard, Nildull Duna, Anuk Fernando, Fidel Edwards, Azeem Rafiq, Elton Cligumbura, Asghar Stamiczai, Krishmar Santolde
According to an earlier decision made by the Pakistan Cricket Board, the entire tournament, barring the final was to be played in UAE. It was only the final of this edition of the PSL that was to be hosted in the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
However, a bomb blast hit Lahore on February 13, killing 13 lives and that meant there were understandable fear that overseas players might pull out of the competition if they had to feature in the final of the competition.
Speaking to a Pakistan TV channel, PSL chairman Najam Sethi has now announced that the teams who are not able to convince their overseas players to play in Pakistan for the final, will be allowed to select new players through this Draft that will be held in a week’s time.
He added: “We will put a formula in front of all the franchises and foreign players to let us know who will play the final in Lahore and who will not come.”
The PSL chairman also said the tournament organisers were in touch with players who did not want to play the final in Lahore, so that they could replace them. Earlier, the PCB had agreed to provide heavy security to players in order to entice them to play in the final in Lahore, including giving them an option to fly in to the country on the day of the final and fly out immediately after the match.
More news on this PSL Draft is awaited.