Another draft of replacement players for PSL 2021, Shakib ul Hasan not included

The remaining matches of the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League are likely to start from June 5. Photo courtesy PSL

For the remaining matches of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), another draft of alternate players was held in which the teams selected the players for the matches to be played in Abu Dhabi.

A few more cricketers have resigned from the league due to the transfer of the remaining matches of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League to Abu Dhabi and the change in the schedule.

In view of this situation, a draft of replacement players was held today in which the teams tried to complete their respective squads by selecting players.

All teams had the option of selecting two additional players to increase the number of players in their squad to 20 for the remaining matches of the league.

Player participation and availability are subject to travel and quarantine conditions.

During the selection of the two players available today, the teams also had the option of selecting an additional foreign player.

All six franchises in the league submitted their replacements and additional player picks through an online session on Saturday to finalize their squads.

The Multan Sultans were the first to select West Indies batsman Shamron Pitmire as part of the squad, after which the Quetta Gladiators selected Afghanistan cricketer Zahir Khan.

The Multan Sultans had the opportunity to select a player again and they added another West Indian star Johnson Charles to the squad.

The Lahore Qalandars have selected Singapore-born Australian cricketer Tim David, who has also represented the Hobart Hurricanes in the Australian League Big Bash this year.

Quetta Gladiators selected Australian Jack Wildermouth while Islamabad United selected first class cricketer Muhammad Akhlaq from Gujranwala.

The Gladiators added domestic cricketer Khurram Shehzad, Peshawar Zalmai to Balochistan’s Bismillah Khan and Karachi Kings to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s young batsman Muhammad Haris.

The Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans selected UAE cricketers Sultan Ahmed and Waseem Mohammad, respectively, while the Multan Sultans selected Hamad Azam, ending the drafting of replacement players.

It is to be noted that a draft of alternate players had been processed earlier in which Shakib Al Hasan and Joe Burns were selected but now both these players have shown unavailability for the rest of the edition.

The full squad is available for Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United while the Quetta Gladiators are also equipped with key players but the Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings have lost key foreign players.

It may be recalled that Pakistan Super League season 6 started from Karachi on February 20 and the matches of the event were to be played in two cities of the country Karachi and Lahore this time. However, on March 4, Pakistan Super League faced 7 players and others in Corona cases. It was decided to postpone after coming.

However, in April, the PCB, in consultation with all stakeholders, had decided to re-host the event in Karachi from June 1, and plans to hold matches in Lahore were canceled due to the threat of corona virus.

A separate draft was also drawn up for the remaining matches of the event in June in which franchises deprived of foreign players opted for their replacements but due to international engagements some important and famous players could not be available for the league.

Subsequently, in view of the severity and previous experiences of the third wave of Corona virus in Pakistan, all the franchises requested the PCB to transfer the league to Muttahida, which was approved and now the matches have been approved to be held in Abu Dhabi. ۔