Former South Africa batsman AB de Villiers who retired from international cricket last year won’t be taking part for the upcoming Pakistan Super League 2020. The star batsman had earlier plied his trade for the Lahore Qalandars as a foreign Platinum cricketer this season. Having featured for the franchise in 7 games, he garnered as many as 218 runs at a mind-boggling average of 54.50.
His only half-century came against Multan Sultans where he smashed a 29-ball-52 with the help of 3 fours and an equal number of sixes. His quick-fire knock helped the team ace the run-chase of 200 set up by the opposition. Apart from that, the consummate surgeon at the crease chipped in with 2 forties to his name.
The former Proteas’ batsman also scored 45 against Quetta Gladiators which came in a losing cause and then against the same opponent, he scored a decent 47 (7 fours) in the run-chase which proved to be decisive as it helped the team win by 8 wickets in a tense run-chase.
With no AB de Villiers in their arsenal, Lahore Qalandars have retained former South Africa all-rounder David Wiese. The all-rounder was pretty decent as he scored 136 runs and bagged five wickets in his 7 games this year.
Meanwhile, former South Africa batsman Colin Ingram has been released by the Karachi Kings despite becoming the third-highest run-scorer of the league with 344 runs in 11 games. The Gladiators released Proteas’ Rilee Rossouw after collecting 295 runs in his 12 games this season. It should be noted that the player draft for next year’s tourney will happen on December 6.
Other South Africans who were released by PSL:
Hardus Viljoen – Lahore Qalandars
Cameron Delport – Islamabad United
Wayne Parnell – Islamabad United