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PSL 2022: Joe Clarke leaves PSL, Afridi asks for rest

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It seems as if unfortunate news has permanently set space in the camp of Kings as yet another bad news has come from the franchise. Karachi batter Joe Clarke has temporarily left the tournament owing to a quadriceps injury.

The England batter has an injury on the upper thigh and had also missed the match against Peshawar Zalmi earlier. He has gone back to England to recover and will return to play the rest of the matches in the Lahore leg after attaining fitness.

The 25-year-old was in Australia for the Big Bash League BBL representing the Melbourne Stars before joining the Karachi Kings. The batter managed to amass 419 runs in 13 innings for the Australian franchise and was one of their top batters. However, his performance for the Kings had been average and played only three matches.

Yesterday, Muhammad Amir and Muhammad Ilyas announced an exit from the tournament following aggravation injuries. Ilyas played three matches for the franchise while Amir did not play a single match. Usman Shinwari was named as the replacement of Ilyas and no substitution for Amir has come yet. The team is yet to win their first league 7 match.

On the other hand, Shahid Afridi has asked the Quetta Gladiators management for rest according to sources privy to the matter. In the match against Islamabad United, the star-studded all-rounder conceded 67 runs, the highest in Pakistan Super League PSL history. Afridi did not participate in team practice sessions in the high-performance centre. The all-rounder had rejoined the Gladiator bio-secure bubble on Feb 3rd and played one game.

It is pertinent to mention that PSL 7 is Afridi’s farewell tournament. Things are not going in the former skipper’s favour ever since the start of the league. Karachi’s next match is against Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will play Lahore Qalandars before the tournament shifts to Lahore.

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