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Pakistan Super League holds replacement draft after foreign players drop out

A replacement draft for the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 edition was held today after several foreign players dropped out of the competition due to injuries, unavailability, international commitments or bans, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a press release.

Team managements of four out of the five franchises participated in the replacement draft.

Karachi Kings was the only franchise absent as it had been unaffected by the dropouts. Kings have given their consent to the picks made by the other franchises, the notification stated.

Islamabad United decided to retain West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell in their team, even though Russell currently awaits clearance after a hearing in a doping case. The verdict is expected within a fortnight.
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If the player is banned, Islamabad will be given the option to immediately replace him, the PCB said.

Lahore Qalandars were forced to make three changes to their squad, as were Peshawar Zalmi. Zalmi have withheld one pick, which they will make within the next 24 hours.

Last year’s runner-up Quetta Gladiators made four changes to their line-up.
Changes to team line-ups so far

Lahore Qalandars

England’s Jason Roy in place of West Indian Dwayne Bravo

Australian Chris Green in place of Australian Shaun Tait

New Zealand’s James Franklin in place of New Zealand’s Anton Devcich

Peshawar Zalmi

West Indian Marlon Samuels replaces England’s Alex Hales

West Indian Andre Fletcher replaces Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad

Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan replaces Bangladesh’s Shakib-Al-Hasan

Quetta Gladiators

England’s Moeen Ali replaces West Indian Carlos Brathwaite

New Zealand’s Nathan McCullum replaces England’s David Willey

Sri Lankan Thisara Perera replaces West Indian Rovman Powell

South African Rilee Rossouw replaces Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi

courtesy : dawn news

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