KARACHI, Pakistan: An opportunity to win their first Pakistan Super League cricket title will resume for Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars when the playoffs resume on Saturday after an eight-month pandemic-enforced break.
The fourth group, Peshawar Zalmi, was the 2017 champion.
Karachi performs Multan within the first qualifier, with the winner advancing to the ultimate. The loser can have a second likelihood to achieve the ultimate by enjoying the winner of the eliminator on Saturday between Lahore and Peshawar.
The fifth PSL was postponed on March 17 after England batsman Alex Hales was suspected of contracting COVID-19 simply an hour earlier than the playoffs. Hales is again for Karachi, however not two of his international teammates, the West Indies’ Kieron Pollard and England’s Chris Jordan.
They are touring with their nationwide groups and have been changed by South African Wayne Parnell and West Indian Sherfane Rutherford. They will complement a group already boasting Pakistan captain Babar Azam and quick bowler Mohammad Amir.
Multan misplaced England’s James Vince and Bangladeshs Mahmudullah after they examined constructive in predeparture COVID-19 checks. Mahmudullah had changed Moeen Ali, who was picked for England’s tour of South Africa.
But Multan has roped in English top-order batsmen Adam Lyth and Joe Denly together with Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe.
Lahore has retained Australian batsman Ben Dunk, who has 266 runs at a median of 53.20 with a league-leading 23 sixes, and quick bowler Shaheen Afridi, who tops the bowling chart with 13 wickets in 9 matches at 18.92.
Peshawar has changed an unavailable Darren Sammy with South Africas Faf du Plessis, who might be making his PSL debut. Du Plessis scored greater than 400 runs for Chennai Super Kings within the latest Indian Premier League within the United Arab Emirates.
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