Three English players from Quetta Gladiators bow out of PSL final in Lahore

Three English players of the Quetta Gladiators — Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright —announced on Wednesday that they will not be participating in the Pakistan Supe
r League (PSL) final to be played in Lahore on March 5.

Luke Wright said in a tweet that he has a “young family” and for him the game was not “worth the risk”. “It’s with a heavy heart I will not be coming to Lahore,” he tweeted

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Pietersen bid goodbye to Dubai, saying he would be returning to his family in London.

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Mills too said in a Twitter note that he would not be attending the final match.

National players hail Leisure Leagues

National players hail Leisure Leagues

KARACHI: Pakistan national football players, including Kaleemullah, captain Hassan Bashir and women’s team captain Hajra Khan, hailed the launch of the Leisure Leagues in Pakistan which was announced at the British Deputy High Commission office in Karachi on Monday.

“Leisure Leagues is a very positive step as it will help unearth players who can represent Pakistan in the future,” Kaleemullah told The Express Tribune. “We desperately need a league system as that would help groom the youth into professional footballers.”

Leisure Leagues is a UK-based organisation which holds five-a-side, six-a-side and seven-a-side leagues in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and USA.

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The organisation has been active for the past 25 years and its president Tim Ollerenshaw revealed that they have plans to launch their operations in Pakistan from next year.

The leagues structure is such that it is not limited to just attracting professional players; it will try to rope in anyone who wants to play football, and this is an aspect which excited Pakistan midfielder Muhammad Adil the most.

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“The best thing is that anyone can play these leagues and that will give a lot of opportunities to many people to showcase their skills,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2016.