After the weekend’s third draft to fill in the gaps in the club rosters caused by game shakeups, Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald and Tim David are the latest Australia-based players to be called up. PSL 2021. Wildermuth and Weatherald were signed by Quetta Gladiators after Ben Cutting chose not to return, while David will join Lahore Qalanders.
Around eight Australian players will fly to the UAE this week ahead of the planned resumption of PSL 2021, as the T20 tournament looks to complete its COVID season.
Of the 34 PSL Only 14 games were completed in Karachi before the tournament was suspended amid an outbreak of COVID-19 cases amid players and support staff. The squad size has also increased to 20 players, but the minimum number of foreign players in Game XI has been reduced from three to two players for the remaining 14 matches.
BCCI will closely follow the tournament as they are also looking to complete the rest of IPL 2021 in Abu Dhabi between September and October. IPL 2021 fell to a similar fate to PSL 2021 as it was suspended indefinitely due to COVID cases in biobubbles from four teams. The UAE is also reportedly in the running to host this year’s T20 World Cup as the COVID situation in India has worsened. However, the decision is expected to be made at an ICC meeting early next month.
The suspension of the big tournaments is resulting in big losses and the boards are losing a lot of money as the sponsors have started to withdraw money. The suspended IPL will reportedly result in losses of Rs 3,000 crore in revenue this year.
Australians in the Pakistani Super League
Islamabad United: Fawad Ahmed, Usman Khawaja
Qalandars of Lahore: Tim David, Ben Dunk, James Faulkner and Callum Ferguson
Quetta Gladiators: Jake Weatherald and Jack Wildermuth