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ISLAMABAD--- The Pakistan
Super League final will be
played in the city of Lahore next
month despite a recent attack
there which killed at least 13
"PSL management and fran-
chisees resolve By to hold final in
Lahore," PSL chairman Najam Sethi
said in a tweet yesterday.
West Indies player Darren Sam-
my, who is leading Peshawar Zal-
mi and England's Kevin Pietersen,
representing Quetta Gladiators
have reportedly said they will de-
cide about their participation in
the final at Lahore once their teams
qualify for it.
A players' group said there was
still a considerable threat.
"The advice from our security
consultants remains that there is
heightened security risk for for-
eign players playing in Pakistan,
including Lahore," said Tony Irish,
Chairman of the Federation of In-
ternational Cricketers' Association
"It is up to each player to make
a decision on whether or not he
wishes to play in the PSL final in
Sethi met owners of all the five
franchises in the United Arab Emir-
ates during which it was unani-
mously decided to take the March
5 final to Lahore.
"All the team owners took time to
reinforce their solidarity and con-
viction with the decision of tak-
ing the final of the PSL back to its
rightful home, the Gaddafi Crick-
et Stadium, Lahore," the Pakistan
Cricket Board said in a statement.
Last week doubts were raised
over the Lahore final when a bomb-
er targeted police escorting a rally
by pharmacists, killed 13 people.
However, PSL organizers have
the backing of the Pakistan gov-
ernment in providing tight security
for the finalists.
Pakistan has not hosted any
major test playing nation for the
last seven years since terrorists at-
tacked a Sri Lanka team bus - also
in Lahore - in 2009. (AP)
hid Afridi says he
has quit interna-
tional cricket and
will focus on play-
ing Pakistan Super
League for the next
"I have said good-
bye to international
cricket," Afridi told
reporters in Sharjah on
Sunday night soon af-
ter his 28-ball 54 nearly
pulled off victory for
his team Peshawar
Zalmi against Karachi
Kings in the PSL.
"I am playing for my fans and will continue to play
this league for another two years but it's goodbye from
"Now my foundation is important for me. I have
played with seriousness and in a professional way
for my country."
The 36-year-old Afridi played 98 T20 internation-
als, scoring 1,405 runs at a strike rate of 150.75, and
took 97 wickets.
Last year, Afridi stepped down from the T20 cap-
taincy as Pakistan could win only one match out of
four in the World Twenty20 in India.
However, selectors seemed to have lost confidence
in Afridi's ability as he wasn't picked for a one-off T20
against England, nor the three-match series against
the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates.
There were reports Afridi was interested in a farewell
international before he quits the shortest format. But
that apparent understanding with Pakistan Cricket
Board officials seems to have not come to fruition.
Afridi quit the longest format of the game in 2010
after playing 27 test matches, scoring 1,716 runs and
taking 48 wickets.
He burst onto the scene in 1996 when he smashed
37-ball century in only his second ODI --- the then
fastest hundred in a one-day international --- against
Sri Lanka. He played 398 ODIs and scored 8,064 runs
at a strike rate of 117.00 besides claiming 395 wickets
at an average of 34.51.
Afridi's ability to score better than a run-a-ball
enabled Pakistan to finish runners-up in the inau-
gural World Twenty20 in 2007 in South Africa. He
was also instrumental in Pakistan winning the 2009
World Twenty20 in England. (AP)
Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.
Pakistan Cricket Board's top officials Shahryar Khan, left, and Najam
Sethi, center, greet Giles Clarke, right, head of International Cricket
Council's Pakistan Task Team, upon his arrival for a meeting in Lahore,
Pakistan, on January 28. AP PHOTO
Sammy, Pietersen to decide on Pakistan finals
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