Mohammad Amir, the fast bowler for the Karachi Kings, missed the first game of the seventh season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022). The National Stadium in Karachi hosted the first match of the competition on Thursday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m, which the home team lost by seven wickets, with 10 balls to spare.
The Karachi Kings gave the Multan Sultans an advantage in the opening game of the tournament. Due to a side strain, Amir was battling with his fitness and was unlikely to be able to play in the opening match of PSL 2022 against the reigning champs.
To add to that, since they had not yet completed their quarantine period, Karachi King’s vice-captain Imad Wasim and Jordan Thompson will also be absent from this game, as will the rest of the team. This gave the reigning champions Multan Sultans a huge advantage, who are captained by Mohammad Rizwan.
According to sources in Cricket Pakistan, a representative from the Karachi Kings has claimed that the final decision on Mohammad Amir was taken just before the toss was to be called. However, he could not make it into the team and was not picked.
As the PSL 2022 is set to start, all eyes will be on PCB
As a result, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam, the Pakistani T20I starting pair, will face off against one other in the first match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Both teams will be without a certain group of players for a variety of reasons. However, these two batsmen, who are the leaders of their respective teams, will be critical in ensuring that they get off to a solid start.
In addition, all eyes will be on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to see how they manage to carry off the whole event amidst COVID fears and other concerns. COVID-19 had been detected in eight individuals, including three athletes, earlier this year. Among them, Haider Ali has recovered and returned to the Peshawar Zalmi camp. However, Wahab Riaz and Arshad Iqbal may not be ready for the team’s first encounter due to personal reasons.
Shahid Afridi, an all-rounder for the Quetta Gladiators, also tested positive on Thursday. A medical examination had required him to leave the bio-secure, but he had returned on the same day he had left. However, he will miss the first few matches since he will be required to endure seven days of quarantine and must also test negative before being allowed to re-enter the bubble of protection.