Alex Hales returns for PSL playoffs

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Alex Hales returns for PSL playoffs

Alex Hales is set to make a dramatic return to PSL and rejoin Islamabad United for the remaining PSL 7 the team has announced.

 

Hales withdrew from PSL just over a week ago, citing bubble fatigue as the main reason for his leaving.

His return comes as welcome news for Islamabad United who will take on Peshawar Zalmi in the first eliminator at Gaddafi Stadium today. The Englishman is now expected to be available for the game after PCB made several amendments to their Covid protocols. Hales can return to the starting XI immediately after clearing a covid test without a need to isolate.

Alex Hales was a crucial piece for United before his abrupt departure. He remains the team’s top scorer this season, averaging over 40 runs at a strike rate of 156.44.

Hales’ return provides some respite to a weakening United squad who have lost Paul Stirling and Rahmanullah Gurbaz to international duty while Shadab Khan, Colin Munro, and Zeeshan Zameer are out with injuries. In their absence, United stuttered into the playoffs with three defeats in their last four games.
There is a possibility that Shadab might be fit to play the eliminator against Zalmi. His inclusion along with Hales will greatly increase United’s chances.
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