Thursday, 9 December 2021

Malinga, Morkel join Pakistan Super League


LAHORE: More foreign stars have joined lucrative Pakistan Super League (PSL) as Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Lasith Malinga and South African all-rounder Albie Morkel are latest players to join the players’ roster for the second edition of the league, ahead of the players’ draft.

A statement from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday confirmed that both the players have agreed to be the part of players’ draft which will be held in October this year.

Malinga and Morkel have joined former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum and current England ODI and T20 skipper Eoin Morgan as the latest players to have signed up for PSL.

Malinga, who captained Sri Lanka to the 2014 ICC World T20 trophy, had to withdraw from last year’s player draft because of an injury.

Known for his famous yorkers, “Malinga the Slinger” has picked up 299 wickets in 221 T20 matches.

Morkel’s impressive T20 record –3,767 runs and 230 wickets in 287 matches – will attract interest as teams look to bolster their line-ups for conditions in the United Arab Emirates.

According to PSL, the player retention ahead of the second edition is currently open during which franchises have the option of retaining up to 16 players from their existing squads, along with the concurrently open player transfer window giving teams the option of using their draft pick order and / or existing squads to trade.

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