Lahore are once again in the danger zone, with just six points from their eight games, and have also lost their key batsman AB de Villiers.
The South African maestro injured his back and had to abandon his plans to tour Pakistan for the last two round matches.
A defeat will eliminate them from the league and a similar fate after they ended fifth and last in the first two editions and sixth and last in 2018.
Ahead of this, Lahore Qalandars have made two replacements in their squad for the Pakistan-leg of the HBL Pakistan Super League.
English batsman Riki Wessels and Sri Lanka all-rounder Asela Gunaratne have been included in place of New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson and Ryan ten Doeschate.
Sameen Rana, the Chief Operating Officer of Lahore Qalandars confirmed the two replacements, Anderson was unavailable for the Pakistan-leg while ten Doeschate suffered an injury during Qalandars game against Peshawar Zalmi in Abu Dhabi earlier this week.
“Ryan ten Doeschate was unable to bowl following an injury he suffered during Lahore Qalandars game against Peshawar Zalmi in Abu Dhabi. Asela Gunaratne will arrive tomorrow morning to join Qalandars. Corey Andersen was not available for Pakistan-leg of the tournament. Riki Wessels has been included in his place as Qalandars were looking to have a wicket keeper batsman,” said Rana.
Wessels is a richly experienced wicket-keeper batsman who has featured in 204 Twenty20 matches around the world, he has previously represented Zalmi in the HBL PSL.
Sri Lankan all-rounder Gunaratne has played 48 T20 matches, he is known for his aggressive stroke-play while he also is more than useful medium-pace bowler.
Lahore Qalandars will play against Islamabad United in Karachi’s National Stadium on Saturday, 9 March.
Defending champions Islamabad United face a tricky situation in their all-important match against Lahore Qalandars in Karachi on Saturday as the HBL Pakistan Super League returns to Pakistan after 26 matches in the United Arab Emirates.
Islamabad – winners of the first edition in 2016 and then again in 2018 – are in an uncertain territory with eight points in nine games, and badly need a win to qualify for the play-offs for which Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi have already qualified.
In the case of a loss, the fate of the title-holders will rest on the results of Lahore’s last game against Multan Sultans and the two matches Karachi Kings will play against Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.