Injured Afridi out of PSL final against Gladiators

PSL Kieron Pollard stinger bleeds Shahid Afridi injured Pakistan legend settles with video message — WATCH

He said final match is a national event; and the Punjab government has strengthened national unity by involving students of other federating units in its educational programmes; similarly, the students of other provinces, AJK and the Gilgit Baltistan have also been invited to watch the match.

And so the PCB views the PSL final as an opportunity to regain the confidence of foreign teams and bring back global cricket.

Speaking of the finalist teams, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta have faced each other in the first playoff of the PSL 2017, where Gladiators emerged as victorious after a nerve-breaking, nail-biting thriller.

The five replacements have been called in after Quetta's foreign cricketers backed out from playing the final in Pakistan citing security concerns. It is not any one of the top cities of Pakistan - the capital Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi - who will be contesting the final.

The PSL final is already sold-out, and a jam-packed stadium is expected.




"If the PSL final is held smoothly than the PCB is very keen that Bangladesh tour Pakistan in December after full security assurances", the source added.

Quetta will have to battle without the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Luke Wright, Tymal Mills and Nathan McCullum but they have secured replacements in South Africa's Morne van Wyk, Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura and Sean Ervine, West Indies' Rayad Emrit and Bangladesh's Anamul Haque.

This kind of security has been put in place to allay the fears of foreign players who were unwilling to travel.

The cut required stitches and the 37-year-old has been advised 10 days of rest. But knowing the man, he will be motivating his men from the dug-out in Lahore.

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