KARACHI: Two of the stars of England’s Twenty20 series cleansweep of West Indies are heading straight to Karachi in time for the knock-out phase of the Pakistan Super League.
Alex Hales will bolster the top-order of Islamabad United when he re-joins the franchise ahead of their eliminator against Karachi Kings on Thursday.
Chris Jordan, the fast-bowler who revived his chances of selection for England’s 50-over World Cup side via his eye-catching performances in the T20 series in the Caribbean, will link up with Peshawar Zalmi again.
Hales replaces fellow Englishman Ian Bell, who only played one fixture for Islamabad in the PSL after being hampered by a foot injury.
“I am delighted to be back with Islamabad United for this year’s PSL and I can’t wait to play in front of our passionate fans,” Hales said.
“I look forward to joining the squad and I hope that I can help the team lift the trophy once again.”
Jordan was part of the Peshawar squad at the start of the season in Dubai, but did not play a game before heading for England duty in the Caribbean.
He will be returning buoyed by the fact he was named player of the series against the West Indies, for his six wickets and economy rate of 5.14 over the course of the three matches.
Peshawar face Quetta Gladiators in the qualifier playoff on Wednesday. The PSL final will be in Karachi on Sunday.