Wahab Riaz, the captain of Peshawar Zalmi, and Kamran Akmal, the veteran wicket-keeper batter, have fully recovered from Covid-19 and have returned to the Zalmi camp ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022’s second match.
Following their negative Covid-19 tests a few days ago, both players were allowed to practise with the squad. Prior to the start of the PSL, both players, as well as explosive opening batter Hazratullah Zazai, had tested positive. As a result, they were unable to attend Zalmi’s opening match of the tournament on Friday night against Quetta Gladiators
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In the absence of Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik was named captain, while promising English hitter Tom Kohler-Cadmore took over as wicketkeeper in place of Kamran Akmal. Peshawar did not lose a beat despite the absence of two senior players, masterfully chasing down a target of 191 to win their first match of the tournament.
Wahab and Kamran are set to play in Zalmi’s next PSL match against Islamabad United on January 30. While Kamran’s skills were not severely missed in Peshawar, the bowling unit lacked Wahab’s punch.
Zalmi will be determined to keep up their good form and win their second game of the season to put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth time in a row.
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