Faf du Plessis to make PSL debut as Pakistan rope in 21 overseas stars for play-offs in Karachi

Faf du Plessis to make PSL debut as Pakistan rope in 21 overseas stars for play-offs in Karachi

Pakistan Super League on Monday announced the full squads for the 4 teams that are will be part of the PSL 2020 play-offs, which will be played in Karachi from November 14 to 17. The fifth season of the T20 league was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic before the PCB released the scheduled for the play-offs, including the final.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis will make his PSL debut as he replaces West Indies captain Kieron Pollard for Peshwar Zalmi. Pollard, who is currently leading Mumbai Indians at IPL 2020, will be heading to New Zealand for their limited-overs series after the IPL. Notably, du Plessis lead the World XI side when it visited Pakistan in 2017.

“I am very excited to join Peshawar Zalmi for the playoff stage games of HBL PSL 2020. I have fond memories of playing in Pakistan when I toured with the ICC World XI in 2017 and I am sure this experience, although different due to Covid-19, will be a memorable one as well,” Du Plessis said, as quoted by PSL.

As many as 21 overseas stars will be in Karachi for the play-offs as Multan Sultans take on Karachi Kings in Qualifier 1 while Lahore Qalandars and Peshwar Zalmi feature in the Elminiator on November 14.

Apart from Faf du Plessis, the likes of Imran Tahir, Alex Hales, James Vince, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmadullah will be part of PSL 2020 play-offs.

“21 foreign stars include one each from Australia and New Zealand, two from Bangladesh, six from England, seven from South Africa, and four from the West Indies,” PSL said in a statement.

PSL 2020 Play-offs: Full squads

Karachi Kings (5 foreign players) – Aamir Yamin, Alex Hales (England), Arshad Iqbal, Awais Zia, Babar Azam, Cameron Delport(South Africa), Chadwick Walton (West Indies), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mitchel McClenaghan (New Zealand), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Sharjeel Khan, Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Umaid Asif, Umer Khan, Usama Mir and Waqas Maqsood.

Lahore Qalandars (5 foreign players) – Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Ben Dunk (Australia), Dane Vilas (South Africa), David Wiese (South Africa), Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Farzan Raja, Haris Rauf, Jaahid Ali, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Samit Patel (England), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar, Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) and Usman Shinwari

Multan Sultans (6 foreign players) – Adam Lyth (England), Ali Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Imran Tahir (South Africa), James Vince (England), Junaid Khan, Khushdil Shah, Mahmudullah (Bangladesh), Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara (England), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Rohail Nazir, Shaan Masood, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir and Zeeshan Ashraf

Peshawar Zalmi (5 foreign players) – Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Daren Sammy (West Indies), Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Haider Ali Khan, Hardus Viljoen (South Africa), Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Khurram Shehzad, Liam Livingstone (England), Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah

PSL 2020 Play-offs Schedule

November 14

Qualifier: Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings at 3:30 pm IST

Eliminator 1: Lahore Qalandars vs Peshawar Zalmi at 8:30 pm IST

November 15

Eliminator 2 at 8:30 pm IST

November 17

Final at 8:30 pm IST

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