Thursday Feb 18, 2021
Veteran South African pacer Dale Steyn will miss the first two matches for Quetta Gladiators in the sixth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) scheduled to begin on February 20.
While confirming the news in a press release on Thursday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that Steyn will be unavailable due to a family engagement.
“Quetta Gladiators supplementary pick Dale Steyn will miss his side’s first two HBL Pakistan Super League 6 matches due to a family commitment,” the statement said.
Steyn, will be available for the franchise in the remaining matches of the tournament. “The South African fast bowler is expected to reach Karachi on 22 February after which he will be available for the franchise after going through the necessary testing and quarantine,” the statement added.
As a replacement, Gladiators have included young all-rounder Hasan Khan in the squad. The team will play its first match in the tournament opener against title defenders Karachi Kings on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Islamabad United replaced fast bowler Akif Javed with Zeeshan Zameer. Akif is yet to recover after a surgery and he will not be available for the PSL.