DUBAI - Pakistan will stage the 2017 final of their Twenty20 franchise league in Lahore but teams will fly in and fly out for the showpiece event in a sobering nod to the delicate security situation in the country.

Some 414 players were placed in the draft for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Wednesday, a list which included former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, West Indian stars Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, Australia's Shane Watson, Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan and England's Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan.

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will also take part, while the inclusion of Morgan is particularly noteworthy after he withdrew from England's ongoing tour of Bangladesh over security concerns. Five teams took part in the inaugural edition of the PSL which was held entirely in Dubai and Sharjah in February this year.

PSL chairman Najam Sethi announced Wednesday that the 2017 final will be held in Lahore, the bustling city where the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by militants in 2009. That outrage forced Pakistan to play their "home" matches at the neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates with only a brief visit by Zimbabwe in 2015 snapping the isolation.

"The second edition of the PSL, again with five teams in competition, will be more successful and the final will be held in Lahore," Sethi announced at the draft ceremony. "International players know what we can do; most of them are ready to come to Pakistan and play."

Sethi said top-level security will be put in place for the players. "It will be a fly-in, fly out plan and the government has promised to give full security to the players. We are convinced that the final will happen in Lahore," he said.

McCullum said he was delighted to be playing in the PSL for the first time. "It's a great honour to be part of the PSL and I am sure with development plans in place this league will give Pakistan some very good players," said McCullum.  Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed said the tournament can impact on the national team's fortunes. "From the first edition we unearthed a number of talented players like Mohammad Nawaz, Sharjeel Khan and Hasan Ali so it is the door for talented players to make their mark at international level," Ahmed told AFP.

Sethi’s ‘private’ ambition: Earlier in the day, Sethi said he is planning to make the successful league a private entity. The control of the PSL will be handed over to a board of directors to be hired from outside, according to the PSL chairman, who also said that he would step down at the end of the next year.

He added that the owners of franchises will be offered the posts on the board and they will be fully involved in the business of running the PSL.

Sethi announced these plans at the book launch of Islamabad United at a hotel in Dubai Wednesday. "I want to leave legacy as the PSL chairman. We want to formulate rules to make the proceedings more transparent," he stressed.

"In the first year we did face some problems but we want to iron out all that," he added. Sethi, however, failed to mention the problematic issues but some of the franchises were unhappy with how the draft was conducted last year. "Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is rocked by many issues and I do not want those problems in the PSL," said Sethi.

He revealed that a clause was included in the contracts of the players that if a players' particular team reaches the final he has to be part of it. There are some extra incentives for the foreign players to play in Lahore.

"I hope barring any untoward incident we will be able to bring big-time cricket back to Lahore." The PSL was seen as an enormous success in its first edition with a profit of $2.6m.

Sethi added: "My idea is that the PSL should not succumb to regional or departmental interests and that it should be independent of those because we want to give it a new dimension. We have done it against all odds and now we want to make it more transparent."

Afridi hands over captaincy to Sammy: Shahid Afridi has announced Darren Sammy as the captain of Peshawar Zalmi for Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 after stating that he was disrespected by West Indies cricket board.

The development came in as Afridi took the stage for a short while to make two quick announcements during PSL drafting ceremony held in Dubai. The former captain of Zalmi, Afridi, announced appointment of Younus Khan as Mentor of the team for the second PSL.

Afridi mentioned that Sammy was not respected by West Indies board as he was removed from captaincy of the national team over his criticism for allegedly not backing the boys during Twenty20 World Cup which they went on to win.