Thursday Jan 07, 2021
Former New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi will not participate in the upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to national commitments.
The Islamabad United star batsman confirmed the news on popular social media site Twitter. Ronchi said he will not be available for the franchise this season due to his role as New Zealand’s batting coach.
“I would have definitely been part of Islamabad United had I not been occupied as NZ’s batting coach. I will be supporting my beloved #ISLU in Pakistan Super League and I hope to be back in the future. #RedForever #UnitedWeWin,” he wrote on the bird app.
The 39-year-old has represented the franchise from last three seasons as a player and mentor.
Ronchi was the key batsman in Islamabad’s 2018 title victory as he finished with 435 runs scoring the most runs for the team. He is also the team’s overall highest run-scorer with 1020 runs in 31 matches at an average of 36.42.
Islamabad United responded to Ronchi’s tweet saying they will miss him. “ISLU Family will miss your this season champ. Best of luck with your time with the New Zealand national team and we hope to have you back with us in the future,” they wrote.
The batsman was appointed New Zealand’s batting coach last year in November.