PSL holds replacement draft for unavailable foreign players

PSL holds replacement draft for unavailable foreign players
Moeen Ali
Shukriya Pakistan

LAHORE: A replacement draft for Pakistan Super League 2017 took place on Monday at National Cricket Academy, Lahore where four franchises picked up players to replace their foreign players who will be unavailable due to an injury, ban or international commitment.

Karachi Kings did not participate in the draft as none of their players are likely drop out. However, they gave their consent to other franchises to replace their foreign players, said PCB statement.

Islamabad United have persisted with Andre Russell, despite of his injury and an ongoing doping case. But, the reigning champions can replace the allrounder from Caribbean with Steven Finn if he drops out.

On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars made three changes in their squad. They replaced the injured Dwayne Bravo with England’s flamboyant opener, Jason Roy. They picked Australian off-spinner Chris Green in place of Shaun Tait and James Franklin replaced his countryman Anton Devcich in the squad.

Alex Hales, who will not be available for Peshawar Zalmi, has been replaced by Marlon Samuels. Afghanistan’s hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman, Mohammad Shahzad is also likely to miss the PSL and he is replaced by Andre Fletcher. Sri Lanka’s veteran opener, TM Dilshan will play for Zalmis in place of Shakib Al Hasan.

England’s impactful allrounder, Moeen Ali has joined Quetta Gladiators in place of Carlos Brathwaite. Whereas, Nathan McCullum has replaced David Willey in the squad. West Indies’ Rovman Powell has been replaced by Thisara Parera. The runner-ups of the first season of the PSL have included former South African batsman, Riley Russow to replace Mohammad Nabi.

The second edition of the PSL is scheduled to commence from February 9, 2017 in the UAE and its final is likely to be played in Lahore on March 7, 2017.