Allrounders Andre Russell and Shakib Al Hasan are amongst the big names to have been signed up as replacements for the remainder of PSL 2021, the PCB confirmed on Tuesday. All six franchises picked overseas replacement players via an online process with the tournament all set to resume from June 1.
Russell, one of the most sought-after T20 players, will replace Tom Banton in the Quetta Gladiators squad whereas Shakib Al Hasan will join Lahore Qalandars as Rashid Khan’s replacement. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill was picked up by Karachi Kings to replace South African batsman Colin Ingram.
Australian quartet Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, James Faulkner, Callum Ferguson were among the 19 players picked up as replacements. Peshawar Zalmi, Gladiators and Islamabad United have reserved one pick each and will be submitting the names later.
Earlier this year in March, the tournament was postponed after 14 matches as a result of an increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases. The remaining 20 matches will now resume from June 1 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Among the other replacements are West Indians Obed McCoy, Fabian Allen, Rovman Powell and Fidel Edwards.
PSL 2021 overseas replacements: Islamabad United: Usman Khawaja replaces Alex Hales, Janneman Malan replaces Lewis Gregory; Karachi Kings: Martin Guptill replaces Colin Ingram, Thisara Perera replaces Mohammad Nabi, Najeebullah Zadran replaces Dan Christian, Litton Das replaces Joe Clarke; Lahore Qalandars: Shakib-Al-Hasan replaces Rashid Khan, James Faulkner replaces David Wiese, Joe Burns replaces Samit Patel, Callum Ferguson replaces Tom Abell, Seekuge Prasana replaces Joe Denly; Multan Sultans: Mahmudullah Riyad replaces Chris Lynn, Rahmanullah Gurbaz replaces James Vince, George Linde replaces Adam Lyth, Obed McCoy replaces Carlos Brathwaite; Peshawar Zalmi: Fabian Allen replaces Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Rovman Powell replaces Liam Livingstone, Fidel Edwards replaces Saqib Mahmood; Quetta Gladiators:Andre Russell replaces Tom Banton. (Cricbuzz)