Australia will not play cricket in Pakistan. Former Australian batsman Michael Slater declines to commentate in Pakistan Super League – in the UAE and Pakistan. The news from Down Under dampens Pakistan Cricket Board’s bid to restore international cricket in the terror-torn State. Amidst this disappointing scenario former South African batsman and fielding legend has come forward as some respite for the PCB.
Jonty Rhodes has agreed to replace Slater in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 4 commentary panel, PCB has confirmed in a Press release.
Slater did not give any official reason, but for personal occupancy, for his withdrawal. The Australian cricket team did not want to play in Pakistan for security concerns.
Jonty, one of the most popular cricketers in the 90s for his outstanding fielding abilities that him a household name in the cricketing world including Pakistan, will be on the commentary panel for the PSL 2019 – both in the UAE and the later leg in Pakistan.
“I have fond memories of my various tours to Pakistan, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to be heading out to UAE and Pakistan for PSL 2019 as part of a fantastic commentary team. Having played and coached there during my career, I know how much exciting talent the country holds and I look forward to giving my take on the competition and the players on show,” said Rhodes.
Since retiring from international game, Rhodes has been involved with cricket in various capacities including commentary and broadcast.
Rhodes is keenly looking forward to being part of the PSL both in the UAE and Pakistan. He is likely to join PSL on 21 February during the Sharjah leg; he would stay on for the entire duration of the league from there including the matches in Pakistan.
Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four starts in Dubai on Thursday, 14 February with the opening ceremony followed by the first game between defending champions Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.