England bowler Jade Dernbach and his seasoned compatriot Ashar Zaidi, along with 11 other foreign players are set to feature in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final which is to be held in Lahore on Sunday, Express Tribune reported.
Dernbach, 30, has featured for England in 24 ODIs and 34 T20Is —a profile, high enough to add weight to the much awaited finale.
Zaidi, a Pakistan-born Englishman, brings in with him enormous experience which the 35-year-old has gained with his time in English county cricket.
There were major doubts about the participation of foreign players in the final after Quetta Gladiators, one of the finalists, lost the services of England stars Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tymal Mills after Gaddafi Stadium was confirmed as the venue.
The Gladiators also had to let go of South African batsman Rilee Russouw and New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum.
Chairman PSL Najam Sethi had promised if foreign players, who are currently part of the five teams’ squads, decide to pull out, they will be replaced by other foreigners who had been kept as back-up.
Sethi seems to have fulfilled the promise as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a full list of players who have been picked by Gladiators, Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi — the teams remaining in the tournament.
Kings take on Zalmi on Friday in an encounter which will decide who faces the Gladiators in the final.
Here are some of the players who are ready to travel to Lahore:
Anamul Haque (Bangladesh)
Elton Chigumbura (Zimbabwe)
Peter David Tergo (England)
Rayad Emrit (West Indies)
Graeme Cremer (Zimbabwe)
Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe)
Jade Dernbach (England)
Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Morne van Wyk (South Africa)
Richard Levi (South Africa)
Ashar Zaidi (England)
Josh Cobb (England)