IN PICS: Ten players to watch at PSL 2017

Barnaby Read 6/02/2017

The Pakistan Super League returns to Dubai and Sharjah over the next month with a number of Pakistan and foreign players sure to catch the eye.

Ahead of this Thursday’s opening match in Dubai, Sport360’s Barnaby Read picks out ten of those players who will draw the headlines.

From Chris Gayle to Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq and Tymal Mills, here is our list.

Who are you most looking forward to seeing in action and which franchise do you see lifting the trophy this year?

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England star joins Islamabad for PSL

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Steven Finn

Finn will replace Andre Russell in the squad after the latter was suspended for failing to file his whereabouts in relation to doping tests.

Russell has been banned from cricket for the period January 31, 2017 to January 30, 2018.

Islamabad United’s Director Cricket, Wasim Akram, gave his thoughts on Russell’s absence, saying: “I’ve known Andre for a while, from his Kolkata Knight Riders days to our work together here. I’m disappointed in the decision that means he will miss PSL 2.”

Regarding the signing of Finn, tAkram said: “Obviously there will be some who will question why we’ve replaced an all rounder with a genuine fast bowler, but having done the numbers, and having looked at the makeup of our squad he’s a great alternative to have for Andre.

“His record in Asia, particularly, stood out to us, and if he replicates that form during the PSL I’m sure he’ll play a major part in our successes this year. I look forward to working with him.”

While there have been reports circulating in the media regarding possible replacements for Russell – including the likes of AB De Villiers, Ben Stokes and Mitchell Johnson – only those players who were eligible in the final draft list of the HBL PSL were available for selection.

Finn joins Ben Duckett, Zohaib Khan, Shadab Khan and Syed Muzammil Shah as new signings for the franchise, further strengthening a squad that won the inaugural HBL PSL.

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Moeen turns down PSL in favour of Mecca pilgrimage

Barnaby Read 24/01/2017
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Moeen is a devout Muslim.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has turned down a deal with Pakistan Super League outfit Quetta Gladiators due to a clash with his family’s pilgrimage to Mecca.

Moeen, currently in India with England, was signed up by Quetta as a supplemental draft replacement for Carlos Brathwaite before being informed of the calendar clash.

It is believed the England all-rounder held further discussions with the Gladiators before swiftly informing them of his preference to complete the pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city.

A devout Muslim, Moeen shared prayers with team-mate Adil Rashid and the Pakistan opposition when the two sides met in the UAE during the winter of 2015 and last summer in England.

The Gladiators tweeted their support for Moeen and how they respected his decision following the news, to which Moeen responded saying he hoped to make the move in the future.

Hodge, 42, played for Peshawar Zalmi in the tournament’s first edition.

Elsewhere in the draft, held Monday night in Lahore for teams to pick replacements for players whose availability had changed, Lahore Qalandars brought in James Franklin, Jason Roy and Chris Green in place of Anton Devcich (injured), Shaun Tait (injured) and Dwayne Bravo (injured).

There was change for Peshawar Zalmi also; Tillakaratne Dilshan, Marlon Samuels and Andre Fletcher brought in to replace Shakib Al Hasan (unavailable), Alex Hales (injured) and Mohammad Shahzad (unavailable).

In other Gladiators movements, Nathan McCullum, Thisara Perera and Rilee Rossouw were brought in, David Willey, Rovman Powell and Mohammad Nabi (unavailable) making way.

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