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The PSL has suffered another major setback after more foreign players overtake the playoffs.

Daren Sammy. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Pakistan Super League is having some tough time to watch its final stage as the setback is stopping it at every step. The Pakistan Cricket Board’s attempt to successfully mark the conclusion of the league is yet another difficulty. In the latest twist of PSL-related events, some more foreign players are unavailable for playoff matches due to COVID-19 travel criteria. The PCB is set to play out of the playoffs and summit later this week.

The remaining four matches and final clash of the playoffs will take place by the end of this week and next week in Karachi. Since the inception of PSL in 2016, this is the first time that one of the major faces for its franchise is not available for the ply business. Caribbean star Daren Sammy is unavailable this time due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19. The captain who led Zalmi will not be able to go to Karachi this time.

Kiwi player Mitchell McClenaghan has also decided to pull out in view of PSL New zealandTravel criteria. He was part of the Karachi Kings and will not be able to make his presence in the team for the matches to be held on 14, 15 and 17 November in Karachi. A source close to Cricket Pakistan said openly on the issue that the franchisees are facing challenges in finding suitable replacements on such short notice.

Players test COVID-19 positive ahead of PSL playoffs

The PSL franchise is already battling big bangs when they were forced out of the league by several big names. Major English players marked their unavailability as they featured in the White Ball series against South Africa. On the other hand, James Vince of England and Mahmudullah of Bangladesh pulled out of the tournament after testing COVID-19 Affirmative.

In the same line, the PCB also stated that another person had also tested positive for the virus, and was transferred to an isolation room at the hotel. The rest of the team members have been separated, and all of them tested negative. It remains to be seen how PSL will unravel its final stage due to all these failures.