The 1st Semi-Final of the Pakistan Super League 2020 will be played between Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Both teams have been hit due to the Novel coronavirus outbreak with them losing a couple of crucial players. While Multan Sultans will be without Rilee Rossouw and James Vince in the knockouts, Peshawar Zalmi’s Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone have gone back home.
While Multan Sultans ensured semi-final qualification by dint of climbing to the top of the points table well in advance, Peshawar Zalmi also sneaked through with just four wins at the fourth spot.
Peshawar Zalmi’s former captain Darren Sammy is likely to be a part of his side in their encounter against Multan Sultans’ during the first semi-final of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five reported Express Tribune.
According to details, Sammy spent more than an hour in the practice nets at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, on Monday, while working on his batting technique.
He faced fast-bowlers such as Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali during the practice session and played with intent — hitting multiple balls beyond the boundary line.
Peshawar Zalmi’s current head coach has played four matches in the ongoing HBL PSL 5 as the captain of the franchise. Fast-bowler Wahab Riaz succeeded Sammy as the franchise captain after the latter assumed the responsibilities of the head coach. The franchise, however, left the door open to include Sammy in the playing XI if the need arose.
All foreign players, who were earlier part of the side, of the Zalmi franchise have left the country amid the global coronavirus outbreak.
The franchise will now have to rely on the services of Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza, who was brought in as a replacement, and Sammy during the remaining matches. In the event that Sammy is part of the playing XI, the captain would still be Wahab Riaz.
South Africa’s former batsman Hashim Amla is also with the side facilitating training and practice sessions. However, the South African is a mentor in the side and cannot be part of the playing XI.
Officials in the Peshawar Zalmi camp have clarified that a final decision would be taken on the morning of the match. Sammy had previously participated in a training session in Karachi as well.
Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans met recently in one of the last league games of the tournament where Sultans were able to eke out a victory by just 3 runs. Zeeshan Ashraf was the top scorer for Multan Sultans in that game with Khushdil Shah also contributed with a nice cameo.