Coronavirus pandemic has affected sports events across the globe in the worst possible manner, with Pakistan Super League (PSL) being no exception.
Several foreign players have been forced to quit their teams and leave for their home countries, fearing they might get stuck in Pakistan during the pandemic.
The following players have already went back to their countaries:
- Karachi Kings – Alex Hales
- Multan Sultans – Rilee Rossouw and James Vince
- Peshawar Zalmi – Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, James Foster (coach), Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone
- Quetta Gladiators – Jason Roy and Tymal Mills
- Islamabad United – Dawid Malan, Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, Dale Steyn
Australia batsman Chris Lynn, South Africa all-rounder David Wiese and Seekkuge Prasanna who were part of Lahore Qalandars are the latest player who have quit PSL and heading back to their home country amid Coronavirus pandemic.
All the teams have announced their replacement players ahead of Semi Finals. The semi-final line-up of PSL-V was completed on Sunday.
In the first semi-final on Tuesday at 2pm at the Gaddafi Stadium, Multan Sultans will face former champions Peshawar Zalmi, while in the second semi-final, which will commence at 7pm at the Gaddafi Stadium, Karachi Kings will lock horns with home side Lahore Qalandars.
Lahore Qalandars’ management has drafted Abid Ali and Salman Ali Agha in their line-up as replacements for overseas players Chris Lynn and David Wiese. The two batsmen are most likely to feature in Lahore’s maiden semifinal appearance tomorrow against arch-rivals Karachi Kings.
While Abid Ali is new to the format, Agha has been part of the Qalandars’ squad in previous seasons.
Peshawar Zalmi has drafted Pakistani-origin Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza, fast bowler Mohammad Irfan Junior, and all-rounder Ali Khan in their squad ahead of the semifinal clash against Multan Sultans.
These players been included as an immediate replacement for their departing overseas players. Peshawar played their last league game with an all-locals squad.
The inclusions have been approved by the Event Technical Committee which includes PCB CEO Wasim Khan, Bazid Khan, Marina Iqbal, Sameer Khosa and Dr Sohail Saleem.