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Back Injury Rules de Villiers Out of Pakistan Leg of PSL

Cricketnext Staff |March 4, 2019, 7:22 PM IST
Back Injury Rules de Villiers Out of Pakistan Leg of PSL

South African batsman AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the Pakistan leg of the Pakistan Super League, after he sustained a back injury that has set him back by a minimum of two weeks.

De Villiers, who plays for Lahore Qalandars said in a statement, “I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in front of the passionate Pakistani cricket fans. I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks and, unfortunately, that rules me out of the games in Karachi.

“I hope to be a part of the HBL PSL next year and very much hope to play my part in the return of international cricket to the country. I am backing Lahore Qalandars to go all the way and win the trophy this year.”

De Villiers had originally signed up for a total of nine games in the PSL – seven in the UAE and two in Pakistan. The UAE leg ends on March 5th, post which the last four group matches, qualifiers and finals will be held in Karachi from March 9th. He will now travel back to South Africa for rest and recovery.

Initially, Lahore and Karachi were to share the matches taking place in Pakistan. However, logistical issues emerged following the recent political and military tensions between India and Pakistan, which led to a slight postponement in schedule and relocation of all the matches to Karachi.

The Lahore Qalandars are currently fourth on the PSL table, with three wins out of seven matches.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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