Islamabad United pacer Rumman Raees ruled out of PSL due to knee injury

Waseem Ahmed 13/03/2018
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Islamabad pacer Rumman Raees. Pic courtesy: @thePSLt20/Twitter

Islamabad United suffered a second major injury blow as Rumman Raees was ruled out of the remainder of the Pakistan Super League after failing to recover from a knee injury on Tuesday.

Raees injured his right knee during the Sharjah leg of the ongoing PSL and while he had shown signs of recovery, his knee is still not strong enough to bear the load of bowling.

Earlier, Islamabad’s West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell was ruled out of the PSL after pulling his hamstring.

Raees is the latest fast bowler to be ruled out of the PSL due to injury. Barbados fast bowler Jofra Archer cut short his PSL stint due to a side strain while Islamabad had to let Russell go.

Also, Quetta Gladiators’ Australian pacer John Hastings decided to end his stay in the league on Tuesday due to a side strain.

The knee injury means Raees is almost certain to miss the three-match T20 series against the West Indies that is scheduled to be held in Pakistan early next month. The West Indies have confirmed they will play in Karachi on April 1, 2 and 4.

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England's Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy join up with respective squads in ongoing PSL

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The England stars have landed in Dubai.

England limited-overs stalwarts Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy have joined up with their respective sides in the ongoing Pakistan Super League in the UAE.

The duo have just arrived from New Zealand where they helped England secure a 3-2 triumph in the five-match ODI series.

England skipper Morgan has joined up with the Karachi Kings while Jason Roy has linked up with Quetta Gladiators.

The tournament is now heading into the final stages with two league matches remaining for both Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators. The former are currently placed third in the table with nine points from their eight games while the latter are sitting at the top of the table with 10.

The top four sides in the six-team competition will qualify for the eliminators which will be held in Lahore with the finals being hosted in Karachi.

Morgan is a veteran of 72 T20Is for England and has registered nine fifties at a strike-rate of near 133. His compatriot Roy has an identical strike-rate and two half centuries from 27 T20Is.

The two have reached Dubai to join up with the rest of their team-mates and their availability for the finals stages of the competition will be a big boost for both sides.

The Gladiators are slated to take on bottom-of-the-table Lahore Qalandars at Sharjah on Wednesday for their next engagement while the Kings will take on Peshawar Zalmi at the same venue on Thursday.

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PSL owners back proposal to hold T10 League in Pakistan later this year

Waseem Ahmed 12/03/2018
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The PSL owners met with PCB chief Najam Sethi on Sunday.

There could be a T10 version of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) happening soon if it all goes to plan. What’s more, the plan is to hold the event back on home soil in Pakistan later this year.

Khalid Hussain of ‘The News’ has reported that all six franchise owners of the PSL met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi in a marathon meeting in Dubai on Sunday.

One of the agendas up for discussion was to organise a T10 League under the aegis of the PCB and all six franchises are said to have thrown their support for the idea.

“It’s a great idea and all of us are backing it because a full edition of a T-10 league in Pakistan will be a big leap forward towards the return of international cricket to our country,” one of the PSL franchise owners has been quoted as saying by the publication.

Several Pakistan stars, including skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir, had been a part of the T10 Cricket League which was launched in the UAE last year. A private event, the league had received backing from the PCB who had made available several high profile Pakistan internationals.

“The thing is that there is a need to have a T-10 league and it will be better for our cricket if such a league is held in Pakistan,” another of the franchise owners was quoted as saying.

The third edition of the PSL is currently being held in the UAE and is now moving towards the final stages as the attention shifts to the semi-finals and finals which will be held in Pakistan.

Calls to move the PSL to Pakistan have been increasing.

Calls to move the PSL to Pakistan have been increasing.

Though the matches have been highly entertaining, there is dismay over the sparse attendance figures in the UAE. This has led to calls from stars like Misbah-Ul-Haq for the PCB to move the event back to Pakistan.

“I think, we just have to get the league back to home because it is Pakistan’s league and the people there own it and relate to it more,” the Islamabad United skipper had said earlier.

A T10 cricket league back in Pakistan would be a start in that direction.

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