Now that the PSL UAE leg is coming to an end, the big question on everyone’s lips is which of the overseas players will actually tour Pakistan for the PSL playoffs and final hosted by Lahore and Karachi.
There are a few players who have agreed to tour Pakistan to feature in the final three games of the competition, including two in Lahore and one in Karachi. After the first playoffs encounter in Dubai, the Eliminator, the second Qualifier and the Grand Final will all be played in Pakistan.
For Islamabad United, a side that finished atop of the points table, the available players are JP Duminy, Samit Patel, Chadwick Walton and Samuel Badree but their biggest relief comes in the form of Luke Ronchi who has agreed to tour Pakistan. He has been their best player by some distance.
Karachi Kings will be boosted by the presence of Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara, Lendl Simmons and Joe Denly but they will also have Tymal Mills and David Wiese joining them for the games. Eoin Morgan misses out.
For the Peshawar Zalmi, Darren Sammy continues to be their talisman who will lead them in Pakistan too, and Liam Dawson, Andre Fletcher, Riki Wessels and Dwayne Smith will all be a part of the line-up.
There are a whole lot of absentees in the Quetta Gladiators side, with Kevin Pietersen, Jason Roy, Shane Watson and Ben Laughlin missing out and Thisara Perera, Chris Green, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Johnson Charles and Mahmudullah joining in for the Pakistan leg.
|Teams||Who is ready to play in Pakistan?|
|Islamabad United||Undecided: Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Steven Finn
Available: JP Duminy, Luke Ronchi, Samit Patel, Chadwick Walton, Samuel Badree
|Karachi Kings||Not Available: Eoin Morgan
Available: Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara, Lendl Simmons, Joe Denly, Tymal Mills, David Weise
|Peshawar Zalmi||Available: Darren Sammy, Liam Dawson, Andre Fletcher, Riki Wessels, Dwayne Smith|
|Quetta Gladiators||Not Available: Kevin Pietersen, Jason Roy, Ben Laughlin, Shane Watson
Undecided: Rilee Rossouw
Available: Thisara Perera, Chris Green, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Johnson Charles, Mahmudullah
And with the matches to be played in Pakistan, it needs to be seen if any of the teams will be affected by player refusals. We all saw what happened in the final of the 2017 PSL when some of the overseas Quetta Gladiators players refused to feature in the tournament-decider, which allowed the Peshawar Zalmi to run away with the game.
As things stand, few of the players have agreed to touring Pakistan while very few are undecided about the situation so far. Obviously, more clarity will be found soon but for now here’s a list of all the players who have agreed to touring Pakistan.