Remainder of PSL-6 likely to be devoid of top overseas recruits
While the remainder of the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is scheduled to start from June 1, it is highly likely that the tournament might be devoid of many of its top overseas players.
The main reason behind the unavailability of the top overseas recruits, according to a PTI report, is their other commitments. In that case, the franchises will have to sign new players as the only option to replace their overseas players.
While the foreign cricketers contracted with English countries will have to make a choice between PSL and Vitality T20 Blast, teams like Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and West Indies have series lined-up in June to make things worse for the PSL franchises.
“The problem now is that many players from England had signed up for PSL 2021 but with the Vitality blast starting from June 9 and also keeping in mind the international commitments of the England and other teams in June franchises are in trouble,” a franchise official was quoted as saying by the PTI.
It should be noted that the likes of Chris Gayle, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Alex Hales, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Tom Banton, Chris Jordon, Muhammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Liam Liviingstone, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince, Ben Cutting, Joe Denly, Joe Clarke, Samit Patel, Ravi Bopara Sajid Mahmood, Adam Lyth, Reece Topley, Lewis Greogry, Colin Ingram, David Wiese, Porterfield, Cameron Delport, Carlos Braithwaite, Chadwick Walton, Sherfane Rutherford, Ben Dunk, Daniel Christian took part in the initial matches of the PSL-6 between February 20 to March 3.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had no other option other than to postpone the proceedings of the tournament abruptly on March 4 in Karachi due to a surge in COVID cases among the players and officials. By that time, just 10 out of 34 matches had completed.