World number one T20I bowler, Rashid Khan, will represent Lahore Qalandars in the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, fans of Lahore Qalandars will have to wait to see him in action for their team as Rashid will not be available for the first five games of the season.
Afghanistan is likely to play a series against Bangladesh during the first five matches of the tournament. Therefore, Rashid, along with other Afghanistan players, may miss the start of PSL. Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-ur-Rehman are the other two Afghanistan players, which were picked up in the high profile draft last night.
Lahore Qalandars Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Atif Rana, confirmed that Rashid Khan would not be available for the first five games. However, he insisted that the rest of the squad is good enough to provide a strong start to Qalandars.
Rashid Khan’s record in T20 cricket is exceptional. He has picked up 341 wickets at an average of 17.39 and an economy rate of 6.28 in 246 T20 matches.
Along with Rashid Khan, some other world-class players will be plying their trade in PSL, including Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn, David Miller, and Chris Lynn.
David Miller will play in PSL for the first time as he was picked by Peshawar Zalmi as their platinum pick. The South African middle-order batsman is one of the best hitters in world cricket and has performed in various leagues all over the world.
Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, will once again step onto the field in PSL. He was picked up by Quetta Gladiators as their platinum pick. Quetta Gladiators also picked up Dale Steyn as their supplementary pick.
Here’s the full schedule for the PSL matches this year.