PSL: Lahore Qalanders dump McCullum, make announcement on twitter

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New Zealand’s Twenty-20 superstar Brendon McCullum has lost his Pakistan Super League contract.

McCullum’s team Lahore Qalandars has decided not to retain star batsman Brendon McCullum for the 2019 edition of Pakistan Super League. The franchise made the announcement on Twitter and wished the cricketer the best of luck for the future.

McCullum had an unusually tough time in the PSL, failing as captain to life the Qalandars from the bottom of the points tables for the two years of his stint.

The former Black Caps skipper played 18 games for Qalandars with his best score being 44. He scored 311 runs at an average of 20.73 with a strike rate of 114.33.

The 37-year-old McCullum, who has become a T20 specialist after quitting the Black Caps, held no hard feelings for the split and wished the Qalandars well.

McCullum’s hopes of staying involved in the Pakistan tournament now rest with this month’s draft with the expectation that another franchise will use its “platinum pick” to pick the Kiwi veteran.

The cleanout at the Qalandars has seen Sunil Narine and Umar Akmal being traded to Quetta Gladiators with Rahat Ali and Pakistan’s former junior star Hassan Khan moving across to Lahore.

The tournament will kick off in Dubai on February 14, 2019. The governing council of the PSL, in a meeting chaired by the Pakistan Cricket Board head, agreed to organise the final eight matches of the next edition in different cities of Pakistan.

The final will be played at Karachi’s National Stadium on March 17.