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Alex Hales has made a surprise return to the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022) for Islamabad United. The English batter will be available to play Eliminator 1 versus Peshawar Zalmi. The encounter will decide who is going home, and who will have another chance to be in the final.
Why Alex Hales has made a surprise return in PSL 7 for Islamabad United
Hales return will be a massive boost to the United, who have been overpowered by a couple of injuries lately. The batter played seven games for the Shadab Khan’s side and scored 255 runs at an average of 42.50 and is now ready to rock the grounds once again.
However, his return is a big shock for many since he withdrew himself in the midway citing bio-secure bubble strictness. Many sources say that he was due to fly to India for the 15th release of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) scheduled to start from late March. Since he was getting more salary in IPL than in PSL, the experts understood the synopsis as the reason for his expel from the Pakistan tournament.
His return is so far gathering similar responses. The experts, in their social posts, and columns wrote, that the player is returning for money. Many quote that Islamabad are offering 2x of his pre-decided salary to feature him in the HBL PSL 7 playoffs.
Restrictions on Alex Hales on his return to PSL 7
It is also understood that money apart, Islamabad management requested Hales to re-join the squad in trouble following a series of injuries over the last few days. However, he will not be allowed to use the team’s dugout. There are several restrictions to be imposed on Hales. He will not be training alongside the team. Moreover, he will not be allowed to shake hands with anyone on the ground. In conclusion, he will be with the team, but from meters and inches apart.
گراونڈ میں بھی الگ بیٹھیں گے پیڈ کرکے بیٹنگ کرکے واپس الگ بیٹھیں گے…. فیلڈنگ کے دوران کسی سے ملیں گے نہیں ہاتھ بھی نہیں ملائیں گے
— Qadir Khawaja (@iamqadirkhawaja) February 23, 2022
It must be noted that IU vs PZ Eliminator 1 round is set to be played on 24th February at 7:30 PM PST at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. Islamabad earlier have won two PSL titles and will give all of them to lift the third trophy. They were in the red hot form in initial PSL 7 but lost the form later following several injuries.
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