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Darren Sammy goes traditional after Peshawar Zalmi's PSL title win in 2017 AFP via Getty Images
Darren Sammy goes traditional after Peshawar Zalmi's PSL title win in 2017 AFP via Getty Images
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Darren Sammy Insists PSL 2021 Wasn’t Called Off Due To Him And Wahab Riaz

Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz had allegedly breached the bio-secure bubble in the first half of PSL 2021. The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 will reportedly resume in the first week of June, and all the teams would be gearing up for the marquee event.

Wahab Riaz. Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.
Wahab Riaz. Image – @thePSLt20/Twitter.

Darren Sammy Insists He And Wahab Riaz Didn’t Break The Bio-Secure Bubble

The T20 tournament, which was initially scheduled to take place in February and March, was suspended midway after several members contracted the COVID-19 virus despite being in the bio-bubble. While the main reason behind the breach isn’t understood yet, some reports suggested that Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy have violated the protocols. Darren Sammy is the head coach of Peshawar Zalmi, while Wahab Riaz leads the side.

At the start of PSL 2021, the duo was accused of breaching the bio-secure protocols to meet team owner Javed Afridi during their practice session. As per the rules, they were supposed to be in isolation for three days and had to return two negative COVID-19 tests to be allowed back in the bubble. However, Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz joined the squad before the required period, and the latter even played all the games.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

Subsequently, fans lashed out at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for easing the norms for the duo. The duo came under the scanner even further when the entire competition was postponed. Speaking of the same, Darren Sammy claimed he had nothing to do with the PSL being paused indefinitely.

“I wouldn’t say we broke the bio-secure bubble. This is new territory for everybody. When I read the news, it made it sound like Wahab and myself left the hotel and ventured out. We just had training and we said hello to our boss (Javed Afridi). By the time we realized what had happened, we had two COVID tests, so did the Boss,” Sammy said in an interview with The Current.

Peshawar Zalmi has a strong squad for PSL 2021 consisting of the likes of Fabian Allen, David Miller, Fidel Edwards, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and the team management will expect their batsmen to perform better under mentor and batting consultant Inzamam-ul-Haq’s guidance.

Fawad Ahmed, Tom Banton, and another Islamabad United player besides one support staff member with the Karachi Kings (Kamran Khan) testing positive for Covid-19 have led to concerns which eventually led to the postponement of PSL 2021.

Darren Sammy: PSL 2021 Wasn’t Called Off Because Of Me And Wahab Riaz Shaking Hands With Peshawar Zalmi Boss

Highlighting that no one from the Peshawar Zalmi squad had got infected, the former West Indies captain said that the whole team was very strict about the rules, so it would be wrong to claim that PSL 2021 was suspended due to Wahab Riaz and his actions.

“We were negative and I could tell you from that day onwards, Peshawar Zalmi was really strict to the books and if you noticed, none of our players tested positive during or after that and the tournament was definitely not called off because of me and Wahab shaking hands with our boss at the cricket ground,” he added.

Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

PSL will now be resuming in Abu Dhabi, with Darren Sammy joining his team soon. The Wahab Riaz-led side is currently second in the team standings, with three wins in five games.

Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. The remaining 20 Pakistan Super League 2021 matches are scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

Wasim Khan (Getty Images)
Wasim Khan (Getty Images)
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Pakistan Super League 2021 To Be Held In Abu Dhabi Confirms Wasim Khan

Pakistan Super League 2021 which is in its 6th season had seen a surge of COVID-19 cases as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to halt and postpone the ongoing tournament in March 2021.Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. The remaining 20 Pakistan Super League 2021 matches are scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

Pakistan Super League 2021
Pakistan Super League 2021 Photo Credit: PCB.

Pakistan Super League 2021 Will Be Held In UAE’s Abu Dhabi As The Remaining Hurdles Have Been Sorted Out

The remainder of the truncated 6th edition of the Pakistan Super League 2021 is set to go ahead in Abu Dhabi after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that they have received all outstanding approvals and exemptions from the United Arab Emirates government. The PCB will now hold an online meeting with the franchises later today to apprise them of the situation and finalize all the details, which will be shared in due course.

“We are delighted with this development as the remaining hurdles in the staging of the remaining HBL PSL 6 matches in Abu Dhabi have been overcome and all systems are now good to go,” Wasim Khan, PCB’s Chief Executive, said.

Pakistan Super League (Image Source: Google)
Pakistan Super League (Image Source: Google)

“We are grateful to the UAE government, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, Emirates Cricket Board, and Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their support and patronage in ensuring all final obstacles were removed, which has firmly put us in a position to complete our marquee event. The PCB, in consultation with the team owners, will now work at pace to finalize all event-related arrangements, details of which will be shared in due course,” he added.

The tournament, which originally started on February 20th in a special set-up bio-bubble in Karachi, had to be halted after only 14 games were completed as cases of Covid-19 arose due to a breach of the bio-bubble.

PSL 6 Was Postponed After Completion Of 14 Games As Tom Banton And Fawad Ahmed Contracted The Dreaded Virus

The 15th game of the Pakistan Super League 2021 between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United, had to be postponed after Australia’s Fawad Ahmed tested positive for COVID-19. Subsequently, three more cases including England’s Tom Banton were reported across teams, forcing the immediate suspension of the league.

The PCB then finalized the schedule for the rest of the Pakistan Super League 2021, to be played in a stricter bio-bubble in Karachi, starting from June 1st. But the worsening Covid-19 situation in Karachi forced the franchises to write to PCB seeking that the tournament is moved out, preferably to the UAE – which has in the past successfully hosted the tournament.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

However, their plans met with an unexpected objection from the UAE government which insisted everyone coming into the city/state should have taken vaccination. The PCB contended that it had no control over foreign technicians and television crew members travelling from different countries including India.

Following this, the PCB held a meeting with the Emirates Cricket Board and is understood to have given 24 hours to the board to resolve the matters. Simultaneously, the Pakistan board officials also apprised the six PSL franchises of the developments. All parties involved later agreed to wait for 24 hours.

Apart from the positive cases but there were breaches also reported of the bio-bubble prepared by the PCB. Peshawar Zalmi’s Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy had met their franchise owner, who was not part of the bubble. Pakistan-born Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed had tested positive for the coronavirus before the game between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on March 1. The game was thereafter postponed to March 2 after initially being deferred until 9 PM.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
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Pakistan Cricket Board Yet To Receive Some Clarifications From The UAE Which May Lead To Postponement Of PSL 6

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the six franchise owners on Wednesday discussed in a virtual session the operational planning and delivery of the remaining 20 Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches, which are scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

Following detailed discussions in which all potential scenarios were reviewed and analyzed, it was unanimously agreed to wait until the close of business on Thursday (UAE time) before a final decision on the hosting of the remaining matches is made.

Pakistan Cricket Board: PSL Trophy, PSL 2021
Pakistan Cricket Board: PSL Trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Needs Clarifications From Relevant Authorities In UAE And If It’s Not Received, The Remaining Matches Will Be Postponed Again

Pakistan Super League 2021 which is in its 6th season had seen a surge of COVID-19 cases as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to halt and postpone the ongoing tournament in March 2021. Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. Fawad Ahmed and Tom Banton contracted the virus while Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy breached the bio bubble protocols which led to the postponement of IPL 6.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan in an official release said: “In today’s online discussion, we updated the team owners that the PCB had been advised that the PSL had received approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE. However, some clarifications on certain exemption requests are still awaited, which are expected at some stage on Thursday.”

“The team owners agreed that if we do not receive clarity by Thursday afternoon, then they’ll have no other option but to request postponement of the remaining 20 matches. In the meantime, we will continue to liaise with the UAE government and the Emirates Cricket Board as they are equally keen for the event to be held in the UAE,” he added.

Earlier, the Abu Dhabi government had given its nod to host the remaining fixtures of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the Emirates.

PSL 2021 Will Resume In June

The governing body Pakistan Cricket Board had said last month that the PSL would resume on June 1 and the remaining 20 games would take place in Karachi’s National Stadium, with the final on June 20.

It was reported that all six PSL franchises had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to move the tournament to the UAE, which also hosted last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The lucrative IPL T20 competition of 2021 was suspended abruptly this week, triggered by a resurgence of the pandemic in India.

Pakistan Super League 2021
Pakistan Super League 2021

However, UAE authorities put forward a condition that all the participants need to be vaccinated against Covid-19, which was reported by ESPNcricinfo. This possessed a challenge to the PCB as the teams and broadcast crew to involve people from all around the world and each country has its own process of vaccination.

PSL six was postponed after a string of COVID-19 cases were reported in March this year. The tournament will now resume in June with the final scheduled for June 20.

Hasan Ali Image Credit: AFP
Hasan Ali Image Credit: AFP
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Hasan Ali Returned Two Negative Tests For COVID-19 And Will Join Pakistan Camp On Tuesday

Hasan Ali, the Pakistan pacer has returned two negative tests after initially testing positive for Covid-19 and will join the Pakistan training camp before their scheduled tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has carried out a relentless schedule of stringent Covid-19 tests for all the players and officials who have been selected to travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe, and only Hasan Ali had tested positive in the initial tests.

Hasan Ali - Getty Images
Hasan Ali – Getty Images

Hasan Ali Tested Positive After Attending Small Get Together Where Islamabad United’s Covid-19 Positive Fawad Ahmed Was Present

The pacer had apparently also tested positive a day before the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was postponed earlier this month in Karachi due to rising cases of infection of the dreaded virus among the players and officials and even board employees.

Hasan Ali is said to have tested positive after attending a small get-together at which Islamabad United players were present, including Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed. Fawad Ahmed had returned a positive test during the league and was only allowed to return home after completing a quarantine period at the hotel. The duo is part of the Islamabad United outfit in the PSL which is set to resume in June.

Fawad Ahmed
Fawad Ahmed. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)

A reliable source in the PCB said the relentless Covid-19 tests are being carried out in the Pakistan camp as the squad is due to leave on March 28, and the board does not want any problems to occur on the eve of departure. The PCB is yet to confirm whether the entire Pakistan squad will travel to Johannesburg by a chartered flight or the players who will only participate in the two-Test series in Zimbabwe will join the rest of the team in mid-April.

Babar Azam Unhappy With Team Selection

Pakistan will play three ODIs and four T20Is in South Africa and two Tests and three T20Is in Zimbabwe.

Hasan Ali made his first-class debut for Sialkot in 2013. He made his international debut for Pakistan in August 2016 in ODI and was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy which Pakistan won with Hasan Ali named player of the series after taking thirteen wickets.

Hasan Ali has remained out of action many times due to recurring back injuries. He has played 11 Tests, 53 ODIs, and 31 T20Is and taken 162 scalps across the 3 formats. He picked 12 scalps against South Africa in Pakistan in early 2021 in Tests.

Babar Azam. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
Babar Azam. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Babar Azam, Pakistan skipper is reportedly unhappy with the selection of the national squad for the upcoming South Africa and Zimbabwe tours and has conveyed his reservations to chief selector Mohammad Wasim.

Pakistan named disgraced opener Sharjeel Khan, who served a ban for spot-fixing, in the national T20 squad for the upcoming away tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Babar Azam was reportedly keen on the selection of talented players such as Ammad Butt, Aamer Yameen, and Iftikhar Ahmad but all of them were ignored in the final selection.

He is not happy with the axing of Kamran Ghulam and is also of the view that the inclusion of Shahnawaz Dhani is quite premature. He wanted Imad Wasim in the T20I Squad but selectors replaced him with Mohammad Nawaz in all three formats while talented spinner Zahid Mehmood was also dro­pped from the T20 Squad despite his fine performance against South Africa in home series which has irked Babar Azam no end.

The skipper was also in favour of Shan Masood’s selection for the Zimbabwe Test series after the failure of openers Imran Butt and Abid Ali but the selectors chose to ignore him on the basis of just one bad tour.

Lewis Gregory and Zafar Gohar celebrate. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP) (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Islamabad United's batsmen Lewis Gregory (3R) and Zafar Gohar (3L) celebrate after winning the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 cricket match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultan at the National Stadium in Karachi on February 21, 2021. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP) (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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Pakistan Super League 2021: Remaining 20 Matches Likely To Be Played In September Or November

Pakistan Super League 2021 (PSL) season six’s remaining 20 matches are likely to take place in the months of September or November, due to the lack of a suitable window in March or June. According to sources, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and franchises are facing difficulties in scheduling the remaining 20 matches of the event after it was postponed due to a rise in Covid-19 cases among players and support staff officials.

Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. One of the various options was to hold the remaining matches towards March-end but that will clash with Pakistan’s proposed tour of South Africa.

Squash legend Jahangir Khan and franchise captains pose with the PSL 2020 trophy. — Courtesy Karachi Kings Twitter/File
Squash legend Jahangir Khan and franchise captains pose with the PSL 2020 trophy. — Courtesy Karachi Kings Twitter/File

Fawad Ahmed And Tom Banton Tested Positive For Covid-19 Which Led To Postponement Of PSL 2021

Fawad Ahmed, Tom Banton, and another Islamabad United player besides one support staff member with the Karachi Kings (Kamran Khan) testing positive for Covid-19 have led to concerns which eventually led to the postponement of PSL 2021.

PCB believes that delaying an international series won’t be a good thing to do while it also doesn’t want to ruin its relationship with Cricket South Africa. Chartered flights have also been booked for the Pakistan team so chances of matches taking place in March are very slim.

England batsman Tom Banton has tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton has tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

June is also a viable option on the table but the hot weather, during that time of the year in Pakistan, and the availability of England players, due to Vitality Blast which starts on June 9, could be a hindrance in this regard. Also, foreign players would be tired after taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) which ends on May 30.

Pakistan Super League 2021 May Take Place In September Or November After T20 World Cup

Although, franchises want the matches remaining in Pakistan Super League 2021 to take place as soon as possible as the months of September when no international series is planned, and November, after T20 World Cup, seems to be the only viable options on the table at the moment.

Pakistan Super League 2021 : Babar Azam
Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Pakistan Super League 2021 has seen the participation of several star players like Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Chris Gayle, Faf Du Plessis, Ben Cutting, Joe Denly, David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Alex Hales, Imran Tahir, Carlos Braithwaite, Chris Lynn, and Shahid Afridi among others.

Earlier, reports emerged that Pakistan Super League 2021 can directly clash with the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which will run in the month of April and May. In such a scenario, players like Faf du Plessis, Chris Gayle, Chris Lynn, Imran Tahir, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nabi who are named in both leagues will have to make a choice between IPL 2021 and PSL 2021.

Pakistan Super League 2021
Pakistan Super League 2021
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PCB Postpones PSL 2021 Following Surge In COVID-19 Cases

Pakistan Super League 2021 which is in its 6th season has seen a surge of COVID-19 cases as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to halt and postpone the ongoing tournament.

Pakistan Super League 2021 was meant to be played at four venues this year, however, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the PCB decided to hold all 34 matches in Karachi and Lahore. The first leg of 20 matches is being played at the National Stadium in Karachi until March 7 and the following 10 league games and four playoff matches are scheduled for Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament.

Shaheen Afridi celebrates a wicket in Pakistan Super League 2021...pcb
Shaheen Afridi celebrates a wicket in Pakistan Super League 2021 (Photo: PCB)

Pakistan Super League 2021: Fawad Ahmed And Tom Banton Tested Covid-19 Positive While Wahab Riaz And Darren Sammy Breached BioSecure Bubble

But all this preparation went in vain as three players- Fawad Ahmed, Tom Banton (who revealed his positive test publicly on Wednesday) and another Islamabad United player – and one support staff member with the Karachi Kings (Kamran Khan) testing positive for Covid-19 have led to concerns.

England batsman Tom Banton has tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton has tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

Now only the positive cases, there were breaches also reported of the bio-bubble prepared by the PCB. Peshawar Zalmi’s Wahab Riaz and Daren Sammy had met their franchise owner, who was not part of the bubble.

It was also reported that the duo reintegrated with the other members of their squad without following the proper bio-secure protocols. Peshawar Zalmi was allowed to play them after they refused to take the field against Quetta Qalandars without these two players. Players’ families also joined the bio bubble without spending time in quarantine and proper testing and were seen mingling with players in the stands at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Pakistan Cricket Board Decided To Postpone PSL 2021 Immediately After 7 Players Tested Positive For Covid-19

According to details, seven players and one support staff official had tested positive for the dreaded virus which led to question marks over PCB’s bio-secure bubble arrangements and reservations from foreign players. Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and since the wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the tournament with immediate effect.

Fawad Ahmed....PCB
Fawad Ahmed. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)

“HBL PSL 6 POSTPONED. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Director – Commercial and Babar Hamid, will hold a media conference at the National Stadium at 3pm to provide further updates,” PCB tweeted while confirming the news.

Pakistan-born Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed was tested positive for the coronavirus before the game between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on March 1. The game was thereafter postponed to March 2 after initially being deferred until 9 PM on Monday.

In Pakistan Super League 2021, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, and Lahore Qalandars have 6 points each while Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators have 2 points each. Mohammed Rizwan is the leading run-scorer while Saqib Mahmood is the leading wicket-taker.

Pakistan Super League 2021 has seen the participation of several star players like Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Chris Gayle, Faf Du Plessis, Ben Cutting, Joe Denly, David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Alex Hales, Imran Tahir, Carlos Braithwaite, Chris Lynn and Shahid Afridi among others.

Fawad Ahmed (Image Credit: Twitter)
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CPL 2020: Top 5 Wicket-Takers In The Tournament

The 24-day-long CPL 2020 finally ended on 10th September 2020. At the end of this tournament, Trinbago Knight Riders won their fourth CPL title after winning the final match of this tournament where they beat St Lucia Zouks by eight wickets.

Bowlers played very important roles in the entire CPL 2020, especially the spinners. Though many foreign cricketers were absent in this tournament, majorly due to the pandemic, the limited overseas bowlers still dominated in this tournament.

Here we are talking about the top five most wicket-takers in the CPL 2020

Kesrick Williams (St Lucia Zouks) – 13 wickets

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Kesrick Williams (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 30-year-old right-arm pacer Kesrick Williams, who served for St Lucia Zouks in the CPL 2020, finished as the joint fourth most wicket-taker in the tournament and most wicket-taker among the Caribbean bowlers in that tournament. The Caribbean pacer got 13 wickets in 11 innings with an average of 23.46 and an economy rate of 8.92. His bowling figures in the tournament were 34.1-0-305-13.

In the latest CPL season, Williams’ best bowling figures were 3-0-12-2 against Barbados Tridents.

Matches (Innings) Wickets Best bowling figures Average Economy Rate 4wk/5wk
12 (11) 13 2/12 23.46 8.92 0/0
Fawad Ahmed (Credits: Getty)
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Watch: Australia’s Fawad Ahmed Loses Tooth After Being Hit With Ball While Bowling

Australian spinner had to undergo surgery on his face after receiving a nasty blow while playing in the ongoing Pakistan Super League. The leg-spinner, who is plying his trade for Quetta Gladiators, suffered the mishap during the game against Peshawar Zalmi on March 13.

The incident occurred in the 10th over of the innings when Fawad came to bowl his second over. Imam hit the second delivery  of the over which was a length delivery straight at Fawad.  The spinner could only get one hand up in time which took the pace off the ball but it still went on to hit him hard on his mouth.  Fawad was floored on the field as soon as he received the blow before walking off the field with his physio.

Imam, nonetheless, was out on the very next delivery when Rilee Rossouw came to complete the over. Talking about the game, Quetta Gladiators won the game by ten runs. Batting first, Quetta smashed 186 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs.  Shane Warne starred with the bat, scoring 71 while Ahsan Ali scored 46.

Watch: Australia's Fawad Ahmed Loses Tooth After Being Hit With Ball While Bowling 1
Fawad Ahmed (Credits: Getty)

In reply, Peshawar Zalmi were restricted to 176 for 7.  An 87-run stand between Kieron Pollard (44) and Darren Sammy (46) threatened to take Peshawar over the line but Watson held his nerve in the final over to power his team to the win. Courtesy of the win, Quetta made it to the final and will take on Peshawar in the title-decider.

Here is a clip showing Fawad Ahmed’s injury:

https://twitter.com/thepslt20guy/status/1105875351949979648?

As per reports, Fawad lost a tooth and needed gum surgery after suffering the blow. He was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery. The Pakistan-born spinner later took to Twitter to confirm that the surgery went well as he thanked his well-wishers.

“Thanks heaps for all the kind messages, wishes and prayers , @TeamQuetta @thePSLt20  Surgery went well n hopefully it will heal soon InshaALLAH.  Please Remember in ur prayers,” tweeted Fawad.

The leg-spinner is also fit to play the final of the tournament this weekend in Karachi.

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Fawad Ahmed announces retirement from international cricket. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Fawad Ahmed Bids Adieu to First-Class Cricket; Eyes 2019 World Cup Berth

Australia leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed on Tuesday (February 12) hang his boots in the first-class career, in a bid to set his sights on the forthcoming 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

While calling time on his extended form of domestic career, Fawad’s objective is to impress Cricket Australia’s (CA), selectors. He added it was a hard decision to make, but he has had to decide on it

“I’m a cricket ’nuffie’ so it was pretty hard for me. I love four-day cricket. It was a very tough decision, but that was the (best) available option and that was the future looks like,” Fawad told cricket.com.au.

Fawad featured in international fixture six years ago:

Meanwhile, he has missed out on the selection for limited-overs series against India, but there’s a probability of his contention for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan at their second adopted home United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March.

Fawad Ahmed, First-Class, Australia, 2019 World Cup
Fawad to focus on the limited-overs cricket. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old Fawad has featured in three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in 2013. Across a few limited-overs opportunities he went on to bag six wickets.

Meanwhile, Australia will enter in the quadrennial event to defend their title for their seven-wicket win over Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the MCG in 2015.

Fawad has been impressive in the white-ball cricket which eventually saw him doing well in the Big Bash League (BBL). Concurrently, he is representing Sydney Thunder in the domestic professional league.

Fawad on his retirement decision:

Fawad Ahmed, First-Class, 2019 World Cup, Australia
Fawad Ahmed had a good outing for the Bushrangers. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Besides, Fawad revealed owing to the mutual understanding of the Victorian general manager Shaun Graf, coach Andrew McDonald and skipper Peter Handscomb; he had decided to call it quits.

“They were all pretty happy for me whatever decision I took,” Fawad said.

So much so, Fawad who had a terrific JLT Sheffield Shield career went on to bag 156 scalps in 43 Sheild matches. In overall, 62 first-class fixtures, Fawad collected 205 wickets at an average of 31.11. He has recorded nine five-wicket hauls and six four-wicket hauls.

Victoria clinched the Sheild titles on a trot in 2015, 2016, 2017 respectively.

He missed out on the contract list of Bushrangers in 2018 before making way for Jon Holland as their premium choice spinner.

Apart from it, Fawad will be the part of impending Pakistan Super League (PSL). He will feature Sarfraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators (QG) in the upcoming fourth edition of the PSL.

“The best option was to move on and to get some cricket over there (in the PSL) in the near future,” Fawad stated.

Fawad, who’s had a master’s degree in International Relations (IR) is keen to deliver goods with the white-ball.