The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recalled Pakistani cricketers Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan, who were part of the ongoing Big Bash League 2021-22 (BBL).
The three players have been asked to return to Pakistan to prepare for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL). The seventh edition of Pakistan's flagship T20 competition is set to begin on January 27. As a result, the Pakistani trio playing in the BBL will not be able to feature in the remaining games of the season.
Brisbane Heat took to their social media handle on Sunday to confirm that the PCB had rescinded their request to let Zaman play in their remaining fixtures of the tournament. It was also mentioned that other Pakistani players have also been asked to return immediately for PSL duty.
Brisbane Heat wrote on Twitter:
"Unfortunately the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed it had rescinded its permission for Fakhar to play our remaining games, along with all Pakistan players currently involved in the BBL, and summonsed him to return immediately to prepare for the Pakistan Super League.
"We are disappointed that he won’t be able to play for us and he is disappointed he won’t have the opportunity to get some more games in for us. He asked us to thank the fans for their support and wish the team all the best for the remaining three games.
"We thank him for making the commitment to come to Australia at short notice and wish him all the best with his cricket going forward. Have a flight this afternoon mate!"
Pakistan batter Fakhar Zaman was roped in by the Brisbane-based franchise as a replacement for the injured Tom Abell. The southpaw managed just three runs in his only appearance in the tournament.
Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf's BBL 2021-22 stint also comes to an end
Shadab Khan, who plied his trade for the defending champions Sydney Sixers, will also be unavailable for the team's remaining matches this season. He had a disappointing stint this year, picking up just one wicket in four games.
Pacer Haris Rauf, who was with Melbourne Stars, impressed many with his bowling in BBL 2021-22. He picked up nine wickets from five matches and had an economy rate of 7.85.
The latest edition of the PSL is scheduled to kick start in Karachi on January 27 with defending champions Multan Sultans taking on Karachi Kings.