Lahore Qalandars advanced to the final of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season seven by claiming a six-run win over Islamabad United in Eliminator 2. They will now play the finals of the ongoing seventh edition of the PSL at the Gaddafi Stadium on 27 February against Multan Sultan.
Qalandars are playing without their frontline spinner, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan as he is in Bangladesh for international duties. Rashid Khan was brilliant for Lahore Qalandars in the league stage of the seventh edition of the PSL. He was a star performer for Qalandars throughout their PSL 7 campaign. He bowled with an economy rate of 6.25, bagging 13 wickets in nine games.
The star player also scored crucial runs at the back end in a few matches. Rashid became part of Qalandars last season. He managed to play two matches in Karachi leg while he chose Qalandars over Sussex in Abu Dhabi leg of HBL PSL 6. Qalandars retained him ahead of the season seventh draft.
Rashid also received a guard of honour from his teammates after his last match against Islamabad United where he bagged figures of 2/14.
Meanwhile, according to sources, the 23-year-old would be available for his team in the final of the HBL PSL 7 against Lahore Qalandars tomorrow. However, Qalandars management has not confirmed the development yet. A negative PCR test will be required for Rashid to appear in the final if he lands in Pakistan.
Yesterday, Islamabad United also availed the services of Ireland’s Paul Stirling for the Eliminator 2 against Qalandars as he returned a negative PCR test upon his arrival in Pakistan from Oman. Qalandars were the only team to beat Sultans in the league stage of the tournament. They defeated defending champions by 52 runs on February 11 and Rashid bagged figures of 2/33.