ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have finally decided on what most cricket fans in Pakistan wanted. According to some reports, PSL team owners have decided to not include players in the draft that are unwilling to travel to Pakistan.
The decision makes sense as Pakistan spends a lot of money on the security of foreign players. The successful World XI tour, recent series with West Indies in Karachi, and PSL matches in Pakistan are proof that situation has improved manifold since the 2009 attack in Lahore.
However, non-availability of foreign players for cricket in Pakistan seems illogical, full of arrogance and insensitive.
Some foreign players did participate in the PSL matches that were held in Pakistan. These include Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Chris Jordan etc. However, big names like Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Nathan McCullum etc refused to visit despite pocketing millions in wages. ------------------------------
The unavailability of these players was a major concern for PSL teams. Apart from the financial aspect, it hurt the team tactics as many franchises built their teams around these players. Quetta Gladiators evidently suffered most from this as they played all their matches in Pakistan without major foreign players.
A sports journalist tweeted on the matter saying;