Wait! What? How the star performers of Ashes Ben Stokes and Steven Smith have something to do with PSL (Pakistan Super League)? This question whispers your mind while you read the headline.
Your Mind: This Must Be a Clickbait
You assume it’s surely a clickbait but a chunk of curiosity in your heart brought you here.
So you decide to spend the significant two minutes of your day to find out whether the guy writing is right or is doing what some random websites do for the clicks.
Come On! I’m Not Lying
Well, there is good news for you. The guy is not lying! He is a man of his word. You are going to find about that later though!
The Actual Thing
The veteran players Steven Smith and Ben Stokes almost went on to play Pakistan Super League but for some reasons, their participation could not take place.
Here’s The Deal About Ben Stokes
According to old PSL chairman Najam Sethi, Ben Stokes accepted the offer of playing Pakistan Super League but a spat between two franchises led to his exclusion from Draft 2017.
Sethi told both parties desired to associate Ben Stokes to their teams. The franchise having a clash with another franchise on Stokes case complained about not being informed of Ben Stokes signing on time.
As Draft of PSL 3 was approaching, Sethi decided to opt English all-rounder Stokes out to save the event from further complications.
Quite strange eh?
What About The Ashes 2019 Hero Steven Smith?
In 2018, Steven Smith was banned from international cricket by Cricket Australia for twelve months due to the infamous ball tampering saga in South Africa.
However, the ban did not restrict Smith from playing in domestic T20 leagues. PSL management successfully managed to grab Steven Smith for the fourth edition as a platinum player.
Smith was expected to be one of the hottest picks of PSL season four before the draft.
As the draft happened, elite batsman Steven Smith was picked in the top category by Multan Sultans, who strengthened their batting line up by signing him.
The Incident Shattering Hopes
Smith was all geared up to light up PSL after his Bangladesh Premier League assignment.
During BPL, a saddening incident of his elbow injury occurred that ruled him out from the remaining matches. With Pakistan Super league just one month away, there was still some ray of hope about his recovery before the competition.
But soon, it was revealed that Smith could not take part PSL as his recovery plus rehabilitation had to take more than six weeks. Thus the chances of Australian batting marvel participation in the tournament quickly diminished.
I’m a Man of My Word
Two of the best modern era cricketers, Ben Stokes and Steven Smith, were on the verge of buzzing Pakistan Super League, but few unexpected events did not let the most anticipated scenes happen.
Not to forget, I am proved to be a man of my word as I did not spice up the wrong news for the matter of dragging your attention to my side.