Qalnadars, United foreign players to stay as Zalmi hit worst
By Raheel Hanif
March 13, 2020 05:12 PM
The coronavirus that has disturbed the sports calendar throughout the world has also taken its toll at Pakistan Super League’s ongoing season as well.
With the event entering into the final phase, first the spectators had been banned form stadium in Karachi and now foreign players have started fleeing over the virus fears.
Lahore Qalandars, who have seen a glorious rise this season after remaining in agony for four years, are the luckiest team as all the foreign players have decided to stay with the team till the end of the tournament.
Similarly, no Islamabad United foreign players have asked for leave and all are staying.
On the other hand Peshawar Zalmi is the worst hit team with foreign players exodus as their five foreign players and one coach have decided to depart Pakistan for good. These players include Tom Banton (England), Liam Dawson (England), Liam Livingstone (England), Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies) and Lewis Gregory (England) and coach James Foster (England).
Two player each from Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans are leaving while one player from Karachi Kings will also say good-bye his team.
Gladiators player include Jason Roy (England) and Tymal Mills (England) while Sultans will be now without Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), who scored the fastest century of the PSL this year, and James Vince (England) while Alex Hales (England) is only Karachi Kings player to leave.
Mostly the English players are leaving the PSL over the coronavirus that had been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
England players who are currently staying in event include Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara (Multan Sultans), Chris Jordan (Karachi Kings), Samit Patel (Lahore Qalandars), David Malan and Phil Salt (Islamabad United).
As per the event regulations, the teams will be allowed player replacements, which will have to be approved by the Event Technical Committee.