PSL Final: Quetta Gladiators foreign players refuse to play final in Lahore

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DUBAI: Pakistan Super League gets a big blow when Quetta Gladiators qualify for the finals of the Pakistan Super League but the foreign players associated with the Gladiators squad refuse to play final in Lahore.

Foreign cricketers playing for the Quetta Gladiators have refused to play the final of the Pakistan Super League to be held in Lahore's Qaddahi Cricket Stadium.

Kevin Pietersen, a key player of the Gladiators, has left UAE shortly after his team beat Peshawar Zalmi to qualify for the final. Luke Wright, Tymal Mills have also excused themselves from playing in Pakistan. The final is scheduled to be held on March 5. 

Cricket authorities decided to hold the final of second edition of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore in an effort to restore international cricket in the country which was dealt a blow by militant attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009.

Pakistan has recently witnessed a surge in militant violence as deadly bombing in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa killed over 100 people and injured many others.

The decision to hold the final was taken at a meeting chaired by Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif.  Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz said foolproof security would be ensured for the PSL

He directed the cabinet committee to make best arrangements and review security and other measures on daily basis. He said he would personally monitor the progress regularly.

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