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    [REPORT] Steve Smith ready to play PSL matches in UAE only, unwilling to travel to Pakistan

    Disgraced Australian captain Steve Smith has given his conditional availability for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League insisting he would only matches in the United Arab Emirates and not travel to Pakistan for the play-offs and final.

    Smith, who is serving a 12-month ban for his role in the ball tampering during a Test match against South Africa earlier this year, is allowed to appear in T20 leagues worldwide.

    His ban ends before the World Cup in England next year and it is the first time the Australian batsman has given his availability for the PSL.

    According to a reliable source in the Pakistan Super League secretariat, besides some other top foreign players have also made it clear they wouldn't travel to Pakistan for the last leg of the PSL featuring eight matches including the final in Karachi.

    "Smith and these players have said they will only be available to play in UAE," the source said.

    South Africa's AB de Villiers has also limited his first ever appearance in the PSL to just two weeks and that too apparently only for matches in the UAE.

    The names of 371 foreign players and 311 Pakistani players will feature in the PSL players draft to be held on November 20th in Islamabad.

    Except for India, players from all the test playing nations and associate member countries of the ICC are available for the players draft.

    Many of the foreign stars will only be available for part of the PSL when they are free of national duty or after the conclusion of the Big Bash league in Australia.

    For example Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and Australian opener Chris Lynn will only be available for the league following the conclusion of BBL.

    The local list of players also includes the names of Pakistan's former captain, Salman Butt, who has completed a five-year ban for spot-fixing and discarded stars, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq.

    In the third PSL also the six franchises in the tournament faced difficulties when some of their overseas stars refused to travel to Lahore and Karachi to play in the play-offs and final due to security concerns.

    The PCB has once again told the franchises it is their responsibility to decide whether they want to sign on foreign players who are not willing to play in Pakistan

    "The onus has been put on us that we must convince our foreign signings to also be prepared to play in Pakistan," a franchise owner said.

    In a big boost for the PSL, the PCB has apparently already sold the tournament title rights for a booming 1.5 billion rupees for a three-year period a big increase on the previous sponsorship of one billion rupees.

    http://zeenews.india.com/cricket/ste...e-2154368.html


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    Don't pick him, beggars can't be choosers and in this case he's the beggar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaddy86 View Post
    Don't pick him, beggars can't be choosers and in this case he's the beggar.
    This. Hes not amazing in t20 either, not really a draw

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    Then I wouldn’t have put him in platinum category. Sounds like a failure on part of the PSL management.

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    Why are people surprised? Smith and de Villiers agreeing to play in Pakistan was never a possibility.

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    only players who are willing to travel Pakistan should be picked. No need of big names who are willing play only in empty stadiums of UAE

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    Smith should be included in the draft, he is a big name player

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    Someone will still select him. He's a big name.

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    We must realize the ground realities and not go by our delusions or fantasies.

    Players will eventually come to Pak but not this year. Just hope that things improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaddy86 View Post
    Don't pick him, beggars can't be choosers and in this case he's the beggar.
    PSL needs a big name like Steve Smith

    He is bigger name than any of the active Pak cricketer

    So he is going to get picked and will also be one of the highest paid player in the league

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    Don't pick either.

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    Shouldn't be selected in that. Pretty mediocre T20 player anyway.

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    He isn't that good a T20 player to demand special privilege IMO. Modern great for sure but his credentials in the shortest format are laughable.

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    Sethi assured this won't happen and players who are not willing to come Pakistan will not be in drafts. Guess Sethi is not here.

    Better to not select them. This will not benefit Pakistan in returning anyhow if big names and players are gonna keep withdrawing from playing in Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanRyan10 View Post
    PSL needs a big name like Steve Smith

    He is bigger name than any of the active Pak cricketer

    So he is going to get picked and will also be one of the highest paid player in the league
    Then PSL 10 will also happen in UAE.

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    I don't think we should go gaga over foreign players. We have plenty of domestic talent, with big names in all the psl teams. If they can't play in Pakistan then they are not the right fit. Simple as that. Pakistan's security situation has drastically improved over the years and bringing cricket back will help normalize things further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swashbuckler View Post
    He isn't that good a T20 player to demand special privilege IMO. Modern great for sure but his credentials in the shortest format are laughable.
    What has his credentials to do with his choice of not playing in a country which he deems unsafe?

    Same ridiculous argument was used against Bangladeshi players for not touring Pakistan.
    Last edited by BreadPakoda; 10th November 2018 at 16:03.

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    If I was in Smith's place, I would have traveled to Pakistan.

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    Dissapointing but understandable.

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    AB should return back to SA squad for WC.

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    PSL is at the point where the franchise owners can tell the players who are unwilling to play in Pakistan to take a hike.

    By continuing to accept the demands of players to only play in the UAE and avoid Pakistan they are just setting a bad precedent. Hold the PSL in Pakistan even with not the elite world class players, show that the psl can be held hassle free, incident free and with fool proof security and the players will eventually flock.

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    Should not be picked anyway - Smith will jump on an opportunity to play IPL once his ban finishes so will not likely to remain committed to PSL for too long.

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    No need to bend over for anyone if they don't want to play in Pakistan they shouldn't be playing in PSL
    ( Pakistan Super League)
    Last edited by emranabbas; 10th November 2018 at 20:03.

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    Elite security requirements

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    We were doing just fine without AB and Smith.
    I wont be bending rules for them.

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    Just want easy money. Bit of pyjama league cricket all expenses paid holiday in UAE. Avoid.

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    Don’t pick him simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    Just want easy money. Bit of pyjama league cricket all expenses paid holiday in UAE. Avoid.
    That's what league cricket is !!!!!!

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    Give them more money, if PSL is capable

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    We were doing just fine without AB and Smith.
    I wont be bending rules for them.
    I think its worth it for one season, the publicity is welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaddy86 View Post
    Don't pick him, beggars can't be choosers and in this case he's the beggar.
    Thanks for making it clear who the beggar is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Shouldn't be selected in that. Pretty mediocre T20 player anyway.
    I think Pakistanis have to be smarter here. These guys should be selected and over the course of next two seasons, they will be willing to come to Pakistan once they grow some affection for the team. PSL needs these big names. Lets not act emotionally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARK Rafay View Post
    Then PSL 10 will also happen in UAE.
    Don't sign all players who don't want to visit Pakistan

    But sign few of them who can help PSL build its brand

    Even De Villiers would be playing only 4 matches but his presence would attract audience from South Africa & other countries where he has a huge fanbase(like India where is currently the most popular foreign player8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madplayer View Post
    I think Pakistanis have to be smarter here. These guys should be selected and over the course of next two seasons, they will be willing to come to Pakistan once they grow some affection for the team. PSL needs these big names. Lets not act emotionally.
    That never happens. These T20 leagues are usually used by the likes of Gayle and others to jump from lilypad to lilypad to top up their retirement fund prior to the eventual hop into the sunset.

    The only affection a player might have to a team is to their national team they have been representing by virtue of their birth in a particular country. And even that is questionable for the likes of Gayle.

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    I had expected this.

    Don't like it though. Any franchise that picks him will have to change their plans.


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