Opener Salman Butt will replace Mohamamd Hafeez in Lahore Qalandars’ squad for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019, it was announced today.
Hafeez has been ruled out of the tournament after fracturing his thumb during his side’s 16 February match against Karachi Kings.
As per the event regulations, Lahore Qalandars requested the Event Technical Committee, headed by Mr Mudassar Nazar, to replace Hafeez with Salman. This request has been approved.
Salman has been in the player draft for the past three years and comes in as a Silver Category player.
Salman was a member of the Pakistan squad that won the ICC World T20 in England in 2009. He has played 24 T20Is in which he has scored 595 runs. In 74 T20s, Salman has scored 2,278 runs at an average of just over 36 with a strike-rate of 113.5.
Qalandars coach Aqib Javed said: “It was unfortunate to lose Hafeez. We believe that only an experienced Pakistani player like Salman Butt can replace him.”
Team manager Sameen Rana said: “Salman is a good addition to squad. He was available in past and has been in good form. We believe that he deserve a chance to showcase his form at this level as well.”
Lahore Qalandars has played three matches to date and has won one.
Their upcoming matches are:
22 February – v Multan Sultan (d), Sharjah
23 February – v Quetta Gladiators (d), Sharjah
27 February – v Quetta Gladiators (d), Dubai
28 February – v Karachi Kings (n), Dubai
5 March – v Peshawar Zalmi (d), Abu Dhabi
9 March – v Islamabad United (n), Lahore
10 March – v Multan Sultan (n), Lahore