Kevin Pietersen the only Quetta player refusing to travel to Pakistan: Gladiators ownerSport
Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar on Thursday said that almost all the foreign players on his team's roster have agreed to come to Pakistan in case the team makes it to the play-offs of the Pakistan Super League 2018, with the sole exception being England's Kevin Pietersen.
The play-offs of the third edition of the PSL are scheduled to be held in Lahore, while the final will take place at National Stadium Karachi, which means the six franchises have the added responsibility of convincing its players to make the trip to Pakistan from UAE.
A day after Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal claimed he expects all of foreign cricketers in his side to come to Pakistan, his Gladiators counterpart also delivered similarly positive news to Pakistan's cricket fans.
"All the players, including Shane Watson have agreed to travel to Pakistan," Omar said. "Kevin Pietersen is the only exception. He may not come but we are trying to convince him also."
In case the English veteran refuses to change his stance on the matter, Omar said his side already has a contingency plan in place.
"We have Jason Roy as a replacement for Pietersen," he said.
Pietersen was similarly conflicted ahead of the PSL 2017 final when he took his time but eventually decided against making the trip. In his absence, the Gladiators had ended up losing a one-sided final to Peshawar Zalmi.