Foreign players to participate in the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore will be picked from a pool it has been announced. A coin toss will decide who takes the first pick.
The pool has been toned down to 12 players from 60 to cover absences after each franchise provided their nominations. From the list, a few to replace those not travelling are Anamul Haque of Bangladesh, big-hitting Richard Levi and Morne van Wyk of South Africa and Zimbabwe’s Graeme Creamer and Sean Ervine.
Quetta Gladiators will face either Karachi Kings or Peshawar Zalmi in Lahore on Sunday.
The bulk of Quetta Gladiators’ foreign players have opted not to travel to Lahore for the PSL final due to security reasons.
Quetta coaching staff however will travel to Lahore which include Sir Viv Richards and Julien Fountain. (Other coaches to travel are Dean Jones.)
Consequently, Quetta will get to choose five players from the list including players from Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe, West Indies and England.
According to reports and owner Javed Afridi, if Peshawar Zalmi get through to the final, their foreign contingency will travel; captain, Darren Sammy, fellow compatriot Marlon Samuels, England duo Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan. Back-up Samit Patel has not been issued a NOC by his county Nottinghamshire and therefore is unlikely to travel.
For Karachi Kings, only Ravi Bopara is willing to travel after tweeting his inclination to participate whilst Kumar Sangakarra, Mahela Jayawardene, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Ryan McLaren have opted against travelling.
One-off payments, ranging from $10,000 to 50,000, are being offered to foreign players should they agree to play in Lahore.
The likely scenario will be that the players going to Lahore will fly in and out of Pakistan on the same day of the game.
A full list of players selected from the pool are:
Anamul Haque — Bangladesh
Elton Chigumbura — Zimbabwe
Peter David Trego — 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