English Superstar Withdraws From PSL
Star England all-rounder, Moeen Ali, will not participate in the 8th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which starts on February 13, 2023. According to media reports, Moeen has decided to focus on preparing for the upcoming white-ball series against Bangladesh and has chosen to play for the national team instead. The series against Bangladesh, led by Jos Buttler, will consist of three One Day International (ODI) matches and the same number of T20 International (T20I) matches, starting on March 1, 2023.
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Islamabad United, the two-time champions of PSL, had previously selected Moeen Ali in the supplementary category for the upcoming edition. However, his absence from the team will be a significant blow, especially considering that they have already lost players Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Alex Hales, who have been replaced by Gus Atkinson and Tymal Mills respectively.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) held a replacement draft ceremony last month to allow franchises to replace players who were unavailable due to national commitments. Other teams have also made replacements, including Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans, Peshawar Zalmi, and Gladiators.
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Karachi Kings selected Faisal Akram as a replacement for Tabraiz Shamsi, while Lahore Qalandars selected Shane Dadswell as a replacement for Harry Brook and Kusal Mendis for Jordan Cox. Multan Sultans selected Wayne Parnell as a partial/full replacement for Adil Rashid and Izharulhaq Naveed as a partial replacement for David Miller. Peshawar Zalmi selected Richard Gleeson as a partial replacement for Rovman Powell, while Gladiators selected Dwaine Pretorius, Will Jacks, and Nuwan Thushara as replacements for Odean Smith, Jason Roy, and Naveen ul Haq respectively.