Tymal Mills pulls out of Pakistan Super League final due to security concerns

Tymal Mills has been playing in the Pakistan Super League. Picture: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Tymal Mills has been playing in the Pakistan Super League. Picture: Clive Gee/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Security fears have led to Tymal Mills opting to miss the final of the Pakistan Super League.

https://twitter.com/tmills15/status/836700869164941315

The Brandon-raised fast bowling star has been competing in the Twenty20 competition for Quetta Gladiators, where he is team-mates with fellow England internationals Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen.

Quetta reached the last hurdle with a one-run victory over Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday but the competition has been played in the United Arab Emirates so far, whereas the final is in Pakistan, in Lahore.

Mills, who took seven wickets in five games for the Gladiators, posted on his @tmills15 Twitter account: 'Unfortunately I will not be travelling to Lahore for the final but will be watching from home and cheering on the boys who I know will fight just as much as they have all tournament.

'Massive thank you to everybody involved with the Quetta Gladiators and the PSL in general; I have had an awesome time and look forward to seeing everybody again soon!'


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Dubai and Sharjah have been the venues in the UAE for every match up until the final.

The Pakistan national team have been playing almost entirely outside their homeland since a terrorist attack in Lahore on Sri Lanka's team bus in 2009.

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Zimbabwe are the only full member to tour Pakistan since the incident when they had a three-match one-day series in 2015.

Former Mildenhall College pupil Mills, 24, made global headlines last week when earning a huge £1.4million Indian Premier League with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

He now heads home to England ahead of the IPL beginning on April 5.

Wright, who plays with Mills at Sussex, added on Twitter: 'It's with a heavy heart I will not be coming to Lahore. I have a young family and for me a game of cricket is just not worth the risk.

'I'm sorry as I know how much it means to you all and hopefully in the future the safety will not be in doubt to come play there.

'Thanks once again to @TeamQuetta and @thePSLt20 for having me. Such lovely people. Great tournament with so much talent. See u soon.'

Pietersen said on the social media platform that he was heading back to London on Tuesday night.

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