Both Pakistani & International Cricket Stars to Miss ‘The Hundred’

For the opening season of cricket in the latest format, The Hundred, Pakistan's star players, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Shadab Khan are not available. Shaheen and Shadab are scheduled to be part of Pakistan's team for the team's West Indies tour, with their potential for inclusion in the tournament essentially ruled out.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently declared that a 5 matches T20I series and a two-match Test series would be touring Pakistan's National Team in July and August in the Caribbean. In light of preparations for the upcoming ICC World T20 in October, the revamped schedule did not meet the cricketing fraternity well, as the Board agreed to replace one test match with two T20Is.

While Shaheen is supposed to be part of the T20I team, as well as the Test Squad, and he is excluded from The Hundred, Shadab may be present in the second half of the test squad is not selected.

Shadab is still recovering now from an injury that may influence his decision to participate in the tournament. The national team manager hopes that he can recover fully before the start of the T20 World Cup and regain his form.

Four West Indian players from elsewhere may be out of the tournament, including Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, and Sunil Narine as soon as they are selected to support the National Team.

Various Australian stars could also be excluded due to expected strife, which constitutes a huge blow to the League's debut edition.

The travel restrictions due to the global pandemic could also hamper the consistency of the tournament. The players will have to quarantine for a certain number of days upon arrival, which could affect their tournament participation.