Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced that all-rounders from overseas have been roped in as replacements for PSL 2021.
PSL 2021 was suspended (indefinitely) mid-way on March 4th after the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the bio-secure bubble. A total of just 14 matches were played before the postponement indefinitely.
However, the board has now stated that the tournament will resume in June this year. The remaining matches will be held in Karachi under the bio-bubble maintained by a UK-based company.
Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises also conducted a replacement draft for the remaining tournament on April 27. All the franchises roped in replacement overseas players in case the domestic players tested positive during the tournament.
A total of 19 players were picked in the replacement draft via an online process and players like Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, James Faulkner, Callum Ferguson are on the list.
Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan won’t partake in the remaining season for Lahore Qalandars. Hence Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will join in as his replacement.
The sixth edition of Pakistan Super League will resume from June 1, PCB also confirmed the development.
PSL 2021 replacement draft:
Islamabad United: Usman Khawaja comes in for Alex Hales. And Janneman Malan comes in for Lewis Gregory.
Karachi Kings: Martin Guptill replaces Colin Ingram, Thisara Perera replaces Mohammad Nabi, Najeebullah Zadran in place of Dan Christian, Litton Das in place of Joe Clarke
Lahore Qalandars: Shakib-Al-Hasan replaces Rashid Khan, James Faulkner replaces David Wiese, Joe Burns replaces Samit Patel, Callum Ferguson replaces Tom Abell, Seekuge Prasana replaces Joe Denly
Multan Sultans: Mahmudullah Riyad in for Chris Lynn. Rahmanullah Gurbaz in for James Vince, George Linde replaces Adam Lyth, Obed McCoy to replace Carlos Brathwaite
Quetta Gladiators : Andre Russell comes in for Tom Banton
Peshawar Zalmi: Fabian Allen replaces Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Rovman Powell replaces Liam Livingstone, Fidel Edwards replaces Saqib Mahmood