AB de Villiers reportedly set for maiden participation in Pakistan Super League

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ABD could seen be playing in the PSL.

South Africa stalwart AB de Villiers could feature in the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) according to multiple reports.

According to reports in Pakistan publications, the former Proteas batsman is set to participate in the country’s T20 league.

“He’s coming to PSL. As we speak, he is available for around three weeks, you can say around seven matches,” a source close to the development was quoted as saying by Geo TV.

The official PSL Twitter handle even hinted at the South African’s arrival while Quetta Gladiators had in May issued a formal invitation to the batsman to join the league.

The 34-year-old batsman called time on his international career in April this year in a move which shocked the cricketing fraternity.

De Villiers had announced his intentions of continuing to play in T20 leagues such as the IPL where he represents the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The South African was recently appointed as the global ambassador for the inaugural UAE T20x league which is slated to get underway in December this year. The swashbuckling batsman will not be participating in the league as a player, though.

The player draft for the fourth edition of the PSL is likely to take place in October this year with the banned Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner also reportedly in talks to participate in the T20 league.

The schedule of the tournament is yet to be finalised but it is likely to be held around February-March in 2019.

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Pakistan's Imad Wasim to undergo fitness test again after failing to reach Yo-Yo benchmark

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Pakistan left-arm spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim failed to pass the fitness test on Monday and will give another attempt on Tuesday, according to reports from Pakistan.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has set a benchmark of 17.4 for the Yo-Yo fitness test and all players have to reach or exceed it in order to be considered for selection. Coach Mickey Arthur has made it clear that no player, no matter how big, will get selected if he fails to pass the test.

On Monday, all 18 members of the Pakistan team attending a camp in Lahore underwent a fitness test. Seventeen passed it while Wasim fell short of the mark by 0.2 points.

Team across the world have different parameters for fitness. Some teams have set higher Yo-Yo benchmarks than others. England and New Zealand are said to have the highest benchmark in cricket – 19 – while Pakistan are not too far behind with a standard of 17.4.

Interestingly, India has the lowest benchmark for Yo-Yo fitness tests at 16.1. And even with a comparatively low bar, many players have failed over the years including players like Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu.

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PCB says contracted Pakistan players will not be allowed to participate in T20 leagues held in UAE

Waseem Ahmed 13/06/2018
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Pakistan Cricket Board 's Chairman: Najam Sethi

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced that no centrally contracted players will be allowed to participate in any T20 leagues held in the UAE.

This decision from the PCB has come on the heels of UAE announcing their own T20 League despite opposition from Pakistan cricket’s governing body.

The announcement also means that contracted Pakistan players will be unable to participate in the Afghanistan T20 League which is also slated to be held in the UAE for its inaugural edition.

“The Governing Council expressed its concerns over a newly-announced T20 league taking place in the UAE. It was decided that the PCB will not allow any contracted players to take part in any T20 league taking place in the UAE other than Pakistan Super League (PSL),” a statement from the PCB said after a meeting held by the PSL governing council.

While Pakistan players will be unable to play in an T20 leagues held in the UAE, the decision of allowing contracted players to participate in the T10 League has been left to the discretion of head coach Mickey Arthur.

The T10 League was launched in the UAE Last year with PCB chief Najam Sethi throwing his full support behind the endeavor.  The likes of Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman had been made available to the 10-over league in the first edition.

The PSL governing council has also decided to increase the salary cap for PSL squads from the next edition onwards. Meanwhile, continued efforts will be made to increase the number of PSL matches which will held back home in Pakistan from the coming edition.

“All franchises expressed full confidence in the PCB’s attempts to bring more PSL matches to Pakistan. It was decided that at least eight matches will be held in Pakistan next year,” a part of the statement stated.

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