Fawad Ahmad Cricketing Homecoming
Quetta Gladiators signed Fawad Ahmed from Gold category in PSL 2019 Auction. The Leg Spinner was born in Pakistan and brought up in Australia, lived there till the late 20s. He has played first-class cricket for Pakistan but due to threats from Taliban forced to leave for Australia. Fawad’s story will never slip out of public and fans imaginations. Now, he is now at spotlight of cricket world.
Earlier, he became the leading wicket-taker in Caribbean Premier League. Fawad playing for Trinbago knight Riders snared 22 wickets. Also, he was among the leading wicket-takers at Big Bash League last season playing for Sydney Thunders. He could be in line for cricketing homecoming. PSL is expected to stage eight matches in its 4th edition – knockouts and Final. The tournament is scheduled to inaugurate on February 14, 2019.
Quetta Gladiators is one of the strongest teams in the competition. The team has strong spinners in their squad including Sunil Narine, Muhammad Asghar, and Muhammad Nawaz. Fawad Ahmed left the country fearing for his life eight years ago. Now he will choose whether he comes to the state with a team for Pakistan leg of PSL or not. Earlier the world’s most celebrated and awaited t20 league has played its final matches in Pakistan. The drawn-out process is used to convince the overseas players to fly and play.
Former Australian Suffered Elbow Injury
Former Australian cricketer suffered an elbow injury. He will be no longer available for PSL 2019 edition. Steve Smith will undergo surgery and wear a brace for approx. Two months. Multan Sultan signed him for Pakistan Super League draft for 2019 season. The competition will start on 14th of February.
He is not expected to regain the fitness in that span. Australian batsmen are disappointed that he won’t be able to play in PSL. Meanwhile, he wished Multan Sultans all the best for this season’s tournament. Smith was looking forward to playing the competition and help his team win the trophy. The team has a strong and talented squad, and he is confident about their performance.
Pakistan Cricket Board feels sad about losing Steve Smith due to an unfortunate injury. The board wished him a speedy recovery in a message. Further, the committee hopes to see the player of Steve’s caliber in action for future editions. The fans will miss him, and the team is seeking the replacement draft later this month. He will resume his international career when his ban expires then this March. Cricket Australia banned him last year following the Ball Tempering Scandal. This period provides him the opportunity to prepare for the World Cup.