Former England captain and star batsman Kevin Pietersen has said a big NO to the possibility of playing in Pakistan even if Quetta Gladiators reach the PSL 2018 final, which is scheduled to be held in Karachi, apart from two play-offs in Lahore.
PSL 2018 final and play-offs will be hosted in Pakistan’s two major cities
The PSL 2018 final will be played in Pakistan’s major city, Karachi, while two play-offs will be held prior in Lahore. The decision was taken by the PCB and approved by ICC in order to bring cricket back to the country, after a series of terror attacks in Pakistan in 2009 had targeted the visiting Sri Lankan team, shaking the cricket world and causing them to pull out of the nation for uncertain period of time for all cricket activities.
Kevin Pietersen was at his best last night where he played a match-winning inning of 48 and was named Man of the Match. Chasing a meagre score of 135, Pietersen walked out after Quetta Gladiators were in a spot of bother having lost 2 early wickets.
However, Kevin Pietersen continued where he left off in the previous match and struck some beautiful boundaries to kick-start his innings. Pietersen was unfortunate to not complete his half-century as he got out for 48. However, he had done enough for Quetta to win the game convincingly.
Kevin Pietersen says NO to playing PSL final or play-offs in Pakistan, even if Quetta Gladiators qualify
It was in the post-match conference following Quetta Gladiators’ win, where Kevin Pietersen was asked whether he would consider the idea of going to Pakistan and play in the PSL 2018 final, if his team were to qualify. And both surprisingly (because it seemed cricket had returned to Pakistan), and unsurprisingly (because of the given history of terror attacks in the country), Kevin Pietersen’s answer was an outright NO. take a look:
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) February 28, 2018
Kevin Pietersen is not the first one and will not be the last one to share his reservation about going to Pakistan and participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2018). Ever since the attack on Sri Lanka cricket team all those years back, cricket has seen very little action in the country.
However, to many people’s surprise, it was Sri Lankan cricket board which decided to play a T20 game in Pakistan earlier in the year which was seen as the first major step towards International cricket returning to Pakistan. Although several Lankan stars were not available for the tour but seeing an international team tour Pakistan was a pleasant sight and it gave PCB some hope for a better future in terms of teams willing to once again play cricket in Pakistan.