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Lahore to welcome foreign player in PSL final

West Indies power-hitter and now Peshawar Zalmi captain Darren Sammy has wholeheartedly announced that if Peshawar Zalmi fails to qualify for the Pakistan Super League’s final then he will still go to Lahore to support his teammate and friend Chris Gayle who is playing currently for Karachi Kings.

Darren Sammy is among five foreign players ready to travel to Lahore if his franchise Peshawar Zalmi qualifies for the Pakistan Super League final. Yet, the decision of Karachi Kings’ foreign player is still to be made.

Peshawar team owner Javed Afridi on Friday said his contracted non-Pakistani players — captain Sammy, Dawid Malan, Samit Patel, Marlon Samuels and Chris Jordan — had all got visas for Pakistan.

“I want to give (the) good news that all our five foreign players have been issued visas for Pakistan,” Afridi said. “When they will come to Lahore it will be a big thing for the Pakistan Super League,” Javed Afridi, Owner-Peshawar Zalmi said.

Afridi made the announcement hours before Peshawar Zalmi takes on the Karachi Kings in the last knockout match in Dubai on Friday, to decide which team will meet Quetta Gladiators in Sunday's domestic Twenty20 final at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The tournament is going successfully in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan cricket's home-away-from-home in recent years, but PSL organizers were determined to stage the marquee match on the home soil.

All four of the Quetta Gladiators’ foreign players — Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Tymal Mills and Rilee Rossouw — have pulled out from the final because of security concerns.

Pakistan Super League chairman Najam Sethi said both teams in the final would have four foreign players, although which four represent Quetta is yet to be determined. The government of Pakistan and Punjab has promised high-level security for the final, with at least 7,000 police officers expected to be deployed around the stadium.

 

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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