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PSL 6: Shimron Hetmyer to make Pakistan Super League debut, Rashid Khan rejoins Lahore Qalandars

Shimron Hetmyer will make his Pakistan Super League debut with Multan Sultans. PSL 6, which was suspended in March, will resume in Abu Dhabi in June.

Shimron Hetmyer to make PSL debut in Abu Dhabi (Reuters Photo)

Shimron Hetmyer to make PSL debut in Abu Dhabi (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PSL 2021, which was suspended in March, will resume in Abu Dhabi in June
  • Shimron Hetmyer will make his PSL debut with Multan Sultans
  • Rashid Khan will return to play for Lahore Qalandars in the UAE

Shimron Hetmyer will make his Pakistan Super League debut as he signed up for Multan Sultans as a replacement player for the remainder of the tournament, which is set to resume in Abu Dhabi from June 1.

Multan Sultans signed the West Indies big-hitter along with opener Johnson Charles. Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s star-leg spinner Rashid Khan will return to Lahore Qalandar for the PSL 6. Hard-hitting left-handed batsman Hetmyer will be making his PSL debut, while wicketkeeper-batsman Charles had earlier played for the Quetta and Multan teams.

The six-team tournament was stopped after 14 games in March after seven people, including six players, tested positive for COVID-19, and the franchises were allowed to add two more players to their squads in Saturday’s virtual players draft.

Rashid was part of the Lahore side in February before he left to honour international commitments. Rashid then went on to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 which was suspended in May due to positive Covid-19 cases in their camp.

“My effort will be to help the team win matches. I want to be the most economical bowler and take as many wickets as possible,” Rashid said in a video released by the franchise. He will be expected to fill an important void in the team after Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan pulled out of the Abu Dhabi leg of the tournament.

Replacement players signed by PSL franchises

Multan Sultans: Shimron Hetmyer, Johnson Charles, Hammad Azam, Muhammad Waseem
Quetta Gladiators: Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald, Khurram Shehzad, Zahir Khan
Lahore Qalandars: Tim David, Sultan Ahmed
Islamabad United: Mohammad Akhlaq
Peshawar Zalmi: Bismillah Khan
Karachi Kings: Mohammad Haris Khan.

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