KARACHI: Disappointed Australian captain Steve Smith has given his conditional readiness for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League insisting he will only fit in the United Arab Emirates and not travel to Pakistan for the play-off and final.
Smith, who is undergoing a 12-month ban because of his role in damaging the ball during the Test match against South Africa earlier this year, was allowed to appear in the T20 league around the world.
The ban ends before the World Cup in England next year and this is the first time an Australian batsman has provided availability for PSL.
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According to sources who can be trusted in the secretariat of the Pakistan Super League, besides a number of other top foreign players, they also confirmed that they would not go to Pakistan for the last PSL match which featured eight matches including the final in Karachi.
"Smith and these players said they would only be able to play in the UAE," said the source.
AB de Villiers from South Africa has also limited his first appearance at PSL to just two weeks and that also seems to be only for matches in the UAE.
The names of 371 foreign players and 311 Pakistani players will be displayed in the PSL player design which will be held on November 20 in Islamabad.
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Except for India, players from all main test countries and associated member countries from the ICC are available for draft players.
Many of the foreign stars will only be available for part of PSL when they are free from national duty or after the closing 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 after BBL conclusions.
The list of local players also included the names of the former Pakistani captain, Salman Butt, who had completed a five-year ban for the stars who set and disposed of the place, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq.
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In the third PSL also six franchises in the tournament faced difficulties when some of their foreign stars refused to travel to Lahore and Karachi to play in the play-offs and finals due to security concerns.
PCB has once again told the franchise that it is their responsibility to decide whether they want to sign foreign players who don't want to play in Pakistan. "The responsibility has been given to us that we must convince our foreign players to also be ready to play in Pakistan," said the franchisor.
In a big boost for PSL, PCB seems to have sold tournament title rights for a boom of 1.5 billion rupees for a three-year period a large increase in previous sponsors of one billion rupees.