PSL 2021: Quetta Gladiators' Faf du Plessis ruled out of remaining matches after suffering concussion
Du Plessis suffered the concussion following a nasty collision with his Quetta Gladiators teammate Mohammad Hasnain while trying to save a boundary during their PSL match against Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday.
The wily leg-spinner, who is in high demand in T20 leagues around the world, plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and has been signed up by Lahore Qalandars for the remaining matches of the ongoing Pakistan Super League.
PSL 2021: Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shaheen Afridi involved in heated exchange during Lahore vs Quetta clash
The two had to be separated by the Lahore captain Sohail Akhtar and senior Mohammad Hafeez and the umpires in the 19th over of the Quetta innings on Tuesday.
PSL 2021: Pacer Hasan Ali to stay with Islamabad United for rest of campaign after solving personal family matter
Hasan was due to fly back home on Sunday, but will now remain in Abu Dhabi and complete Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 league.
T20 cricket league was halted in Pakistan in March after seven players and support staff tested positive for Covid-19, and restart efforts stalled as the country was hit by a third wave of the virus.
Du Plessis said the administrators of the game must strike a balance between leagues and international cricket.
The ICC have already lined up the United Arab Emirates as the backup venue for the Twenty20 World Cup if India can’t stage it on home soil starting in mid-October.
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.
The announcement has put to rest the speculation in recent days that the PSL was going to be moved to Sharjah. Twenty matches remain to played in the PSL.
The PSL was earlier scheduled to end on June 20 and the national team was due to leave for England on 23 June to play three ODIs and three Twenty20s.
PSL 2021: Quetta Gladiators skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed among 11 individuals barred from boarding commercial flights to UAE
The former Pakistan captain was among the 11 individuals comprising players and officials who were not allowed to board commercial flights from Lahore and Karachi to Abu Dhabi via Doha.
PSL 2021: PCB confirms issuance of UAE visas to all individuals involved in remaining matches in Abu Dhabi
The PCB confirmed that the UAE authorities had issued visas to 25 Indian nationals who are part of the broadcasting crew to travel from India to Abu Dhabi.
PSL 2021: PCB expels Naseem Shah from tournament after Quetta Gladiators pacer violates COVID-19 protocols
Shah arrived at a team hotel in Lahore on Monday with an outdated negative test for COVID-19 and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the right-arm fast bowler “is now out of the competition.”
PSL 2021: Multan Sultans all-rounder Shahid Afridi to miss remaining games in Abu Dhabi due to back injury
Afridi experienced pain in his lower back during training in Karachi. He was examined by a doctor, who prescribed a period of complete rest.
The foreign and local players and officials will also have to undergo a three-day quarantine in Pakistan before boarding their chartered flights to Abu Dhabi.
The PCB was in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board to seek permission from the UAE government to hold the remaining 20 matches of the PSL in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 1 June.
Umar, 30, has not played any cricket since February, 2020 when he was suspended by the PCB for not reporting spot-fixing approaches made to him before the start of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches.
PSL 2021: PCB says UAE 'preferred venue' to complete tournament amid spike in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan
A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Pakistan had forced the six PSL teams to write to the PCB last week to shift the rescheduled games from Karachi to the UAE.
The PCB had to postpone PSL-6 abruptly on 4 March with just 10 out of 34 matches completed due to COVID-19 cases among players and officials.
The franchises have asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to call a meeting of the PSL governing council after it became apparent that many of the overseas players, who appeared in the league in February-March, might not be available on resumption.