2 Mar 2017

Nathan McCullum pulls out of PSL final

7:24 am on 2 March 2017

The former Black Caps cricketer Nathan McCullum is among a number of foreign players that have decided not to play in the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore.

Black Caps spin bowler Nathan McCullum

Black Caps spin bowler Nathan McCullum Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The competition has so far been held in the UAE because of security concerns, but Pakistan officials decided to play the final at home.

McCullum's Quetta Gladiators qualified for this weekend's final.

His English team-mates Luke Wright, Tymal Mills and Kevin Pietersen and South Africa's Rilee Rossouw have also pulled out citing safety fears.

Dubai and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates have been the venues for every match up until the final.

Wright, who last played for his country in March 2014, claimed on Twitter that players were given assurances that they could choose whether to compete in a Pakistan-based final when they signed their PSL contracts.

The venue for the final was only confirmed on Monday.

Pakistan has only hosted limited cricket since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.