It was rather unfortunate that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) had to be abruptly postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as things started to get more exciting, a lot of PSL teams saw their players get tested positive for COVID-19. Thus, PCB were left with no option but to untimely postpone the tournament untill further notice. After waiting for several months, we shall finally witness the second leg of PSL 2021. However, it is all set to take place in UAE and not Pakistan. We are set to witness All the six teams, i.e. the Multan Sultans, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators are all set to battle it out and settle their scores from the first leg.
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Player’s availability a cause of concern
The playoffs of PSL 2021 may start on June 16 while the finals of the T20 League may take place on June 20. We have already got some major updates with respect to various teams and the availability of their players. After allowing all the six franchises to make changes in their squads through an online event and pick two new players for their teams. Post the online gathering, PSL organizers released an official statement revealing that the franchises have chosen a total of 12 players.
Earlier, it was decided that all teams will be allowed 20-member squads and the teams submitted a total of 12 picks which included replacement as well as the 19th and 20th player submissions for some of the teams. Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars have not made selections for their 20th player, which they will make later if needed.
Updated squads of the PSL teams
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan (c), Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Ali Khan, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Akhlaq, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Usman Khawaja, Zafar Gohar and Zeeshan Zameer
Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim (c), Abbas Afridi, Amir Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton, Danish Aziz, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Najeebullah Zadran, Noor Ahmed, Qasim Akram, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood and Zeeshan Malik
Lahore Qalandars: Sohail Akhtar (c), Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, Callum Ferguson, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Seekuge Prasana, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sultan Ahmed (replaces Joe Burns), Tim David, Zaid Alam and Zeeshan Ashraf
Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (c), Hammad Azam, Imran Tahir, Imran Khan Snr, Johnson Charles, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Umar, Obed McCoy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Shahid Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Shan Masood, Shimron Hetmyer (partially available), Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir and Muhammad Waseem
Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz (c), Abrar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Bismillah Khan, David Miller (partially available), Fabian Allen (partially available), Fidel Edwards (partially available), Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Rovman Powell, Waqar Salamkheil, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, and Umaid Asif
Following are the probable fixtures of PSL 2021:
Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United (N) – 8.30 pm IST
Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings (N) – 8.30 pm
Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators (N) – 8.30 pm
Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars (N) – 8.30 pm
Islamabad United v Karachi Kings (D) – 5.30 pm
Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators (N) – 10.30 pm
Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings (N) – 11.30 pm
Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars (N) – 8.30 pm
Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi (N) – 8.30 pm
Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars (N) – 8.30 pm
Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings (N) – 8.30 pm
Multan Sultans v Islamabad United (N) – 8.30 pm
Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi (D)- 5.30 pm
Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars (N)- 1.30 am
Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi (N) – 8.30 pm
Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars (N) – 8.30 pm
Qualifier (1 v 2) (N) – 8.30 pm
Eliminator 1 (3 v 4) (N) – 8.30 pm
Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (N) – 8.30 pm
Final (N) – 8.30 pm