The first leg of the PSL delivered some riveting battles at the National Stadium in Karachi. The same can be expected when the tournament resumes at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium from June 5. The franchises have roped in several global T20 superstars for the remainder of the season.
Destructive West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell and wicket-keeper batsman Johnson Charles will be making their return to PSL. Also, veteran Caribbean pacer Fidel Edwards, Kiwi opener Martin Guptill, Australia’s Usman Khawaja and James Faulkner will be making their PSL debuts.
Russell will be taking the field for Quetta Gladiators under the leadership of Sarfaraz Ahmed and is hopeful that the team will perform better in the second leg.
“I still have very fond memories of my first PSL tournament with Islamabad United,” he said. “I am really looking forward to join my new teammates at Quetta Gladiators. I have no doubts that the Purple Force will turn the tide and make its fans proud,” he added.
Multan Sultans’ Johnson Charles believes that PSL will be an opportunity for the players to prepare themselves for the T20 World Cup.
“In the year when the players are gearing up for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, this league provides a perfect platform for preparation as I look forward to delivering my absolute best for Multan Sultans – a franchise I have represented in the past – under Mohammad Rizwan who has been one of the most outstanding players in recent months,” he said
Fidel Edwards will be playing for Peshawar Zalmi for the remainder of the season and is delighted to be part of the squad.
“I have heard some excellent things about this tournament and I am eager to join Peshawar Zalmi,” he said. “I look forward to making a big contribution for my captain Wahab Riaz,” he said.
Lahore Qalandars’ James Faulkner is keen to work with outstanding Pakistan talents like Shaheen Afridi and Fakhar Zaman.
“I am looking forward to my first appearance in PSL,” he said. “Lahore Qalandars have a formidable squad with some outstanding Pakistan talent like Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen Shah Afridi. “I am really looking forward to rub shoulders with them, learn from them,” he said.
Martin Guptill is super excited to make his PSL debut.
“I am looking forward to taking the field for the defending champions Karachi Kings,” he said. “I am really looking forward to batting with Babar Azam. My aim would be to provide a great start for the side along with him and Sharjeel. We have a solid squad with the likes of Mohammad Amir spearheading our attack, I really feel we can create history by becoming the first team to successfully defend the PSL title,” he added.
Finally, Islamabad United’s Usman Khawaja is delighted to be playing for a team from his birth city.
“That the HBL PSL 6 is continuing despite the hurdles and challenges it had to face recently is excellent news for fans and players alike,” he said.
“I am excited to be a part of this league, happy to represent my city of birth and look forward to playing my part in the success of this league,” he added.