PSL 2021: Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan will be back to Pakistan Super League after giving it a pass in the players’ redraft. As the PSL 2021 set for June 5 resumption in the UAE, Rashid will re-join Lahore Qalandars as a replacement for wantaway Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who opted out to play in the Dhaka Premier League. From PSL 2021, Rashid will fly to the UK to play in the T20 Blast 2021 for Sussex.
Rashid Khan opted out of the PSL 2021 Phase 2 due to his contractual obligation with Sussex for the T20 Blast that will begin on June 11. However, he has been given permission to play in the Pakistan Super League. Once his commitment ends with Lahore Qalandars, Rashid Khan will fly to the UK to play in the T20 Blast 2021.
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“I am excited to be back with PSL and Lahore Qalandars. I had a couple of good games with them earlier and the team went off to a good start, I am hopeful to help them continue with the momentum,” Rashid Khan said.
PSL 2021: While Rashid Khan initially opted out of PSL 2021 for T20 Blast 2021, travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed his plans for Sussex. Hence, he will only be available for the T20 Blast 2021 once the UK eases restrictions. Khan will fulfil his commitments for Lahore Qalandars and will only travel to the UK after the final or when the side is eliminated from the tournament.
“I am really looking forward to joining up with my teammates at Sussex upon completion of the PSL. Whilst the travel restrictions in place have been a big factor in delaying my arrival, it is fortunate I am still able to play some high-level cricket before heading to Hove later in June,” Rashid Khan said in a Sussex media release.
As for Shakib Al Hasan, he was originally signed by Lahore Qalandars for Phase 2 but the all-rounder has pulled out to get in his best form and play in the Dhaka Premier League which will resume on May 31.