West Indian Chris Gale and Afghan Rashid Khan, two of the biggest overseas stars in Pakistan’s ongoing Super League, went home due to international commitments after appearing in just two games each in the competition.
Rashid Khan, whose team Lahore Calendars won both matches, was called up to play against Zimbabwe.
Gayle, whose Quetta Gladiators also lost their first two games, must play Sri Lanka at home.
“It was a great experience to play in PSL for the first time and I hope to come back next year,” Rashid said.
Rashid, who is in high demand in leagues around the world, including IPL, impressed everyone with bowling with spinning legs and versatile abilities in both matches in Karachi.
Gail, who hit 68 at the National Stadium on Monday, said he felt sad that he had to leave PSL so soon.
“It’s sad that I have to leave PSL because I wanted to play all season. I wanted to come here and dominate PSL. I wanted to give the fans something to have fun with, “he said after the match.
“For me, just playing cricket during a global pandemic is very emotional and I’m happy to be able to bring smiles and joy to some people with my cricket in these difficult times,” said Gale, who is the only player to break more than one thousand sixes in T20 cricket.
Gail also said it was a good idea to return to Pakistan in 15 years, as he last toured the country with the West Indies in 2006.
He said it was good to win a few tracks before the Sri Lankan series and added that he wanted to hit deep inside, but was pleased with the way he handled the bowlers.
Quetta gladiators have signed agreements for South Africa Faf du Plessis as Gail’s deputy and he reached Karachi to complete a quarantine period.