PSL 2019: Salman Butt replaces Hafeez in Lahore Qalandars' squad

10:43 PM | 19 Feb, 2019
PSL 2019: Salman Butt replaces Hafeez in Lahore Qalandars' squad
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LAHORE – Opener Salman Butt will replace Mohammad Hafeez in Lahore Qalandars' squad for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019, it was announced on Tuesday night.

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.

https://twitter.com/ThePSL4_2019/status/1097862705225089025

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