Rawalpindi: West Indies Twenty20 captain Kieron Pollard has been ruled out of the Pakistan Super League due to a niggle in his right thigh, with Carlos Brathwaite replacing the all-rounder at Peshawar Zalmi for the remainder of the tournament.
Pollard was expected to join Peshawar after West Indies tour of Sri Lanka but the West Indies all-rounder's injury means he won't play this year's tournament .
Brathwaite was originally called-up as cover for Pollard till 6 March, with that arrangement now being extended for the duration of the tournament.
“I’m sorry I can’t be there in person this year, but the team has some inspirational characters leading the charge and I’m sure can give Daren (Sammy) his first trophy as a head coach,” Pollard said in a statement.
Peshawar, with nine points, is joint leader with Multan Sultans in the six-team event and will play its remaining two league matches against Lahore Qalandars and against Multan next week.
The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs and the final of the tournament will be played at Lahore on 22 March.
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While the UAE were always the first back-up option, Oman's capital Muscat has been added as the fourth venue, apart from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, for the tournament that will start in the last week of October.
The remaining 20 matches off Pakistan Super League 6 have become a major challenge for the PCB which is already under fire for the way it shifted the event to Abu Dhabi.
Russell is currently in the UAE to take part in the remainder of PSL 2021 that was suspended in March following COVID-19 cases inside its bubble.