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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has barred South African players from participating in the Pakistan Super League season because of a domestic tournament.

Keeping the COVID-19 situation in mind, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) allowed the PSL franchises to select two more additional players to their already existing 18-member squad.

South Africa players won’t be part of PSL’s mini-draft

Franchises also had the provision of opting one overseas player from the two allocated additional players. The South African players were likely to be included in the mini-draft as the likes of Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi and Rassie van der Dussen were initially part of the list, from which franchises could select their choice.

CSA Bars South Africa Players From Participating In PSL 7 Because Of Domestic Tournament - Reports

According to a report by Cricket Pakistan, CSA has instructed the players to focus on 4-day domestic cricket instead of flying to Pakistan for the seventh edition of PSL.

As the report further mentions, the franchises will now have to pick from the remaining players in the list that was drawn up for the first draft which took place on December 18.

PSL 7 to begin on January 27

Jason Roy (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Tim David (Singapore), Chris Jordan (England) and Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan) were the overseas players picked in the Platinum category in the draft for PSL 2022 conducted on December 12.

South Africa are scheduled to play three ODI matches against India with the first match commencing on January 19 in Paarl.

Meanwhile, the PSL 2022 will kick off on January 27 and a total of 30 league matches will be played between six teams. The knockout stage will start on February 23 with the final to be played on February 27 in Lahore.

CSA Bars South Africa Players From Participating In PSL 7 Because Of Domestic Tournament - Reports
Multan Sultans. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Mohammad Rizwan-led Multan Sultans are the defending champions of PSL 2021 as they defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 47 runs in the final in Abu Dhabi. 

Multan Sultans will begin their title defensive campaign against Babar Azam’s Karachi Kings on January 27 in the PSL 7 opener at the National Stadium in Karachi.

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