PSL 2019: AB de Villiers ruled out of Karachi leg due to injury
In a massive blow for Lahore Qalandars, AB de Villiers will not turn up for Pakistan for the Karachi leg of PSL 2019 owing to “back injury”. The news was confirmed by the Lahore Qalandars franchise in a press release on Monday.
The franchise said that the productive batsman AB de Villiers will make a return only to join the squad for the final two fixtures but after picking up a back injury, he is not considering to play the cricket as he has been advised by the doctors to take complete rest.
“It was initially decided that AB will return to join the squad for Qalandars final two league games but following a back injury, he has been advised rest by doctors,” the Qalandars added in a press release.
Meanwhile, AB himself vent out his disappointment that he will not be able to spice it up in front of the vibrant crowd. AB de Villiers was picked in the team after Mohammad Hafeez’s injury as he took over the captaincy from him and now that AB is rested is indeed bad news for the franchise.
De Villiers had taken an unexpected fall while reaching for the crease during the Qalandars’ Feb 23 fixture against Quetta Gladiators. Soon after that, his injury was analysed and stated as “minor stiffness”.
“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in front of the passionate Pakistani cricket fans,” said De Villiers. “I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks and, unfortunately, that rules me out of the games in Karachi,” he added in a statement.
“I hope to be a part of the HBL PSL next year and very much hope to play my part in the return of international cricket to the country. I am backing Lahore Qalandars to go all the way and win the trophy this year.”
“It’s disappointing news for Lahore Qalandars management and its fans that AB de Villiers will not be able to make it for Pakistan’s leg of PSL but we wish him a speedy recovery. He is a wonderful player and an amazing person,” Sameen Rana, the Qalandars’ franchise manager added.