Injured Reece Topley decides to skip PSL 2024

Injured Reece Topley decides to skip PSL 2024. Multan Sultans will be without talented English pacer Reece Topley in the 2024 Pakistan Super League.

Star England pacer Reece Topley has withdrawn from the forthcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to a niggle. He was scheduled to play with the Multan Sultans in his first season in Pakistan’s top franchise league.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has denied issuing the left-arm bowler a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to participate in the T20 tournament. Topley appeared in 12 of the Durban Super Giants’ 13 matches, helping them finish second in the recently ended SA20 2024. He took 13 wickets for an average of 25.31 and a strike rate of 18.

“[Topley] hasn’t received his NOC [no-objection certificate from England] and is out of the PSL,” Sultans owner Ali Tareen tweeted on February 11.

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Multan will be missing more pacers than only Topley in the upcoming PSL season

Ihsanullah, a young talent player, has been ruled out of the tournament due to a long-term elbow ailment.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Topley’s injury is not serious, but England’s management does not want to take any chances with the T20 World Cup slated for June in the West Indies and the United States. The article also stated that Topley’s injury is not serious enough to keep him out of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Sultans’ administration is attempting to bring in replacements to strengthen their team. According to sources, South Africa’s Nandre Burger. Who also had a great SA20 2024 season, was being consider by the Sultans as a possible substitute for Topley. However, Cricket South Africa did not give the young left-arm bowler a no-objection certificate.

Now, England’s Olly Stone, who recently competed in the SA20 and ILT20, is one of the frontrunners to replace Topley. Sri Lankan veteran pacer Dushmantha Chameera is another option, but he suffered a left quadriceps injury on Sunday and will miss the rest of the white-ball series against Afghanistan.

The PSL begins on Sunday, February 17. Multan Sultans finished second in the last two tournaments, falling to Lahore Qalandars in the finals. Mohammad Rizwan and company hope to go the distance this year.

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