Lahore blast change overseas players’ Pakistan plans

Overseas players PSL Pakistan

SHARJAH: A suicide bomb blast in Lahore on Wednesday evening has changed the plans of some of the overseas players to visit Pakistan for the playoffs and the final in Karachi, sources said.

PCB will hold a meeting with all the five franchises minus Lahore Qalandars on Friday to discuss and know who are the foreign players who want to travel to Lahore and Karachi.

Sources said all Quetta Gladiators foreign players have decided not to travel to Pakistan. Kevin Pietersen and Rilee Rossouw had refused to tour Pakistan before the start of the PSL while Shane Watson, John Hastings and Ben Laughlin (all Australians) were reluctant. Now all three Australians have refused to tour the troubled country.

Islamabad United’s South African batsman Jean-Paul Duminy had earlier decided to tour the country but since the blast is considering it giving a re-thought.

Islamabad’s Luke Ronchi had also decided to tour Pakistan but can have a change of mind.

Karachi Kings’s Eoin Morgan announced he had no plans to tour Pakistan having already announced it before the league started.

PCB had said they have backup plans to arrange more overseas players in case there is a withdrawal of overseas players.