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The Pakistan Super League season 6 is set to resume in June after the coronavirus situation returned to normalcy in the franchises’ contingents.

Players will land begin traveling on charter flights from May 26 (Wednesday) after every staffer and player undergoes quarantine and gets vaccinated in Pakistan.

Quetta Gladiators will have to pick two players to replace pacer Naseem Shah and all-rounder Anwar Ali.

Ali tested positive for COVID-19 at Karachi airport whereas Shah got the axe due to his violation of the virus protocols.

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The league is expected to kick off on June 2, but the schedule for the remainder of the season hasn’t been released by the organizers.

Moreover, a special flight will fly 10 Sri Lanka players to Lahore after the Pakistan Cricket Board got permission from the country’s civil aviation department.

As for Multan Sultans, they will play lose out on Shahid Afridi. Boom Boom has revealed that he has been suffering lower back pain for a while and he’s unhappy to miss out on the league.

He confirmed being ruled out of the action on social media.

https://twitter.com/SAfridiOfficial/status/1396822419940290562?s=20

Karachi Kings have roped in Martin Guptil that has their president Wasim Akram very excited. In an interview with renowned Pakistani journalist Shoaib Jutt, Akram said that he has always admired the Kiwis superstar because of his ability to play straight.

Guptil is likely to bat at number three for the Kings, with Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam as openers. Akram cited the good form of the Sharjeel-Babar duo as to why Guptill will come to bat after them.

Why change a combination that is already doing well, questioned Akram.

Where will PSL take place?

Considering the coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan, the league has been shifted to Abu Dhabi instead.

Why was PSL suspended?

The Pakistan Super League was put off after numerous local and overseas stars contracted COVID-19. It was reportedly due to a potential bubble breach.

Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed, who represented Islamabad United, was the first player to contract the virus. He has now recovered.

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Considering the elevating anxiety between franchises, the PCB postponed the event.

PSL 2021 Statistics

Karachi Kings are sitting pretty at the top of the PSL points table. The reigning PSL champions have bagged six points, winning three out of five games. The Kings also have the best net run rate (+0.697) in the league.

Mohammad Rizwan, the newly-appointed Multan Sultans captain, is the leading run-scorer this season with 297 runs, just above Kings’ opener and Pakistan captain Babar Azam (258 runs). Rizwan averages nearly 60 this season.

England right-arm pacer Saqib Mahmood is the leading wicket-taker with 12 scalps to his name. Lahore Qalandars’ Shaheen Afridi, who has picked nine wickets, is likely to overtake Mahmood since the Englishman has opted not to play the remainder of the season.

Kings’ left-handed star Sharjeel Khan is the only player to have scored a century in the sixth edition. He scored 105 against Shadab Khan-led Islamabad United.

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Shayan is a Pakistan-based sports blogger with over three years of experience in journalism and sub-editing of sports-related pieces.

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