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Worried McCullum pulls out of PSL final

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Nathan McCullum © Getty Images Nathan McCullum

New Zealand's Nathan McCullum is among five overseas players who have pulled out of the Pakistan Super League final for safety reasons.

Former Black Caps allrounder McCullum chose not to play in the decider in Lahore on Sunday between his Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi, believing his saftey can't be guaranteed.

The qualifying stage of the competition was staged entirely in the United Arab Emirates because of security concerns but organisers on Monday succumbed to internal pressure and agreed to stage the final in Pakistan.

The country has hosted a handful of international matches since a 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

McCullum, 36, joins high-profile English team-mates Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright in pulling out of the final, along with South African batsman Rilee Rossouw.

McCullum, who didn't feature in any of Quetta's eight games, returned home on Wednesday.

The veteran of 147 limited overs was present in the crowd for New Zealand's win over South Africa in the fourth ODI in Hamilton.

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