PSL 2020 : Pakistan Super League faces setbacks as one after the other foreign players decides to pull out from play-offs

PSL 2020 : Pakistan Super League (PSL) is facing setback after setback. Pakistan Cricket Board’s efforts to have a star-studded line-up for Pakistan Super League play-offs has taken a big hit following the withdrawal of high-profile stars, including Darren Sammy and Mitchell McCleneghan.

Pakistan had announced the squads for PSL 2020 play-offs, scheduled to be played from November 14 to 17 in Karachi. As many as 21 foreign players were initially drafted into the 4 squads who qualified for the play-offs. The fifth season of the T20 league was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic before the PCB released the schedule for the play-offs, including the final.

As it turns out, quite a few overseas stars have pulled out of PSL 2020, owing to travel restrictions and other issues amid the pandemic.

Peshawar Zalmi star and former West Indies captain Daren Sammy, who has been one of the prominent faces in the PSL, will not be travelling to Karachi as he has pulled out of the play-offs due to Covid-19 related travel complications, according to the PTI.

New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, who represented Karachi Kings, will not play PSL 2020 play-offs.

The PSL franchises have already lost service of leading English players due to their country’s white ball series in South Africa while James Vince of England and Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah also pulled out after testing positive for the virus.

South African fast bowler Wayne Parnell has been named as the replacement for New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan in the Karachi Kings squad for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs.

McCleneghan is unavailable due to isolation restrictions New Zealand enforced keeping in mind the coronavirus crisis.

“The left-armer replaces New Zealand’s Mitchell McCleneghan who is unavailable due to isolation restrictions in New Zealand enforced by Covid-19,” said PSL in an official statement

Earlier, Bangladesh T20I skipper Mahmudullah and James Vince were tested positive for coronavirus in their pre-departure tests and were ruled out of the showpiece event.
Zimbabwe wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor and England’s Joe Denly were named as the replacement for Vince and Mahmudullah in the Multan Sultans squad.

The PCB also confirmed one more COVID-19 positive case and said the concerned individual has been shifted to an isolation room in the team hotel while the rest of his team members had tested negative.

Faf du Plessis will be the biggest attraction at PSL 2020 as the South Africa star has headed to Karachi after he was named as Peshwar Zalmi’s replacement for Kieron Pollard.

Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 is all set to resume from November 14 after the series was halted earlier this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic back in March exactly after the round-robin stage had ended and play-offs were to begin.

It means what’s now left to play are two qualifiers, an eliminator, and the grand final.

Pakistan Super League 2020 Full team Squads
Karachi Kings

Aamir Yamin, Alex Hales, Arshad Iqbal, Awais Zia, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Sharjeel Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Umaid Asif, Umer Khan,Usama Mir and Waqas Maqsood.

Lahore Qalandars

Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Ben Dunk, Dane Vilas, David Wiese, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Farzan Raja, Haris Rauf, Jaahid Ali, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar, Tamim Iqbal and Usman Shinwari.

Multan Sultans

Adam Lyth, Ali Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Imran Tahir, Brendan Taylor, Junaid Khan, Khushdil Shah, Joe Denly, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara, Rilee Rossouw, Rohail Nazir, Shaan Masood, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir and Zeeshan Ashraf.

Peshawar Zalmi

Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Carlos Brathwaite, Daren Sammy, Faf du Plessis, Haider Ali Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Khurram Shehzad, Saqib Mahmood, Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.

Given below is the schedule for PSL 2020 restart.

All four matches will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Date

Day

Match

Teams

Time

November 14 Saturday Qualifier 1 Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings
3pm – 6:30pm
November 14 Saturday Eliminator 1
 Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi
8pm – 11:30pm
November 15
Sunday
Eliminator 2
loser of Qualifier vs Eliminator 1 winner
8pm – 11:30pm
November 17
Tuesday Final The qualifying teams 8pm – 11:30pm