Islamabad United opener Alex Hales has pulled out of the remaining season of the Pakistan Super League 2022 due to personal reasons.
The England batter amassed 255 runs from seven innings at an average of 42.50 in the PSL 2022.
Hales will become the second player in the franchise after Paul Stirling left to play for Ireland in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier A event.
Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz will also leave Islamabad United’s camp to play the bilateral series against Bangladesh, starting on February 23 in Chattogram.
Hales was recently bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for his base price of INR 1.50 crore after he went unsold in the first round.
Alex Hales made 82* against Peshawar Zalmi
Hales smashed an unbeaten 82 as United defeated Peshawar Zalmi by nine wickets in their first game at the National Stadium in Karachi. He made 62 off 38 balls against Quetta Gladiators, smashing four boundaries and four sixes at the strike rate of 163.15.
Hales’ knock went in vain as Quetta Gladiators chased the 200-run target in 19.4 overs as Jason Roy (54) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (50*) hit brisk half-centuries to clinch the game.
On Monday, Hales scored 25 in his last match against Karachi Kings, Islamabad won the match by one run in a thrilling contest.
Hales caught Imad Wasim at mid-off in the final over when Karachi needed four runs to win from as many deliveries. Waqas Maqsood bowled excellently to deny Karachi their first win of the tournament.
PSL 2022: Islamabad United move up to third on points table
With the nail-biting finish against Karachi Kings, Islamabad climb up the points table on third position with eight points above Quetta and Peshawar.
Mohammad Rizwan-led Multan Sultans are leading the points charts with 12 points, two ahead of Lahore Qalandars who are currently placed on the second spot.
Islamabad will take on Peshawar Zalmi in their next fixture on March 24 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.