Vastavam Web: Former Pakistan Test captain, Moin Khan has lashed out at the overseas players, who refused to travel to Pakistan for the two playoffs and final match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).The initial stages of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League was held in the UAE but the foreign players are now refusing to travel to Pakistan for the two playoff matches in Lahore and the final in Karachi.He said the overseas players who are now refusing to travel with their franchises for the playoffs cannot be seen as supportive of Pakistan cricket.
The franchises pay them well to play in the PSL. But when they refuse to travel to Pakistan it upsets the balance of the concerned franchises and also deprives our people of seeing competitive cricket, he said.Moin is the head coach of the Quetta Gladiators franchise which made the finals of the first two PSL editions but lost out this time.Their absence upset the Quetta team balance and gave a clear edge to their final opponents, Peshawar Zalmi whose foreign stars played in Lahore.
Moin said next year when the PSL is held only those overseas players should be included in the players draft who are willing to go Pakistan.I am more concerned over Pakistan cricket and the PSL future. We can’t have this happening all the time. Pietersen categorically said no when asked after one of the earlier matches whether he would be willing to go to Pakistan. But some of the overseas players have shown willingness to go to Lahore and Karachi.
Moin said he was disappointed at the umpiring standards in the PSL and how West Indian, Sunil Narine had been allowed to continue to bowl in the tournament despite so many questions over his bowling action.He noted that when the technical committee of the PSL refused permission to Muhammad Hafeez to bowl for Peshawar Zalmis how could the match officials ignore Narine’s action.