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HBL PSL: Hales, Jordan set to play in Pakistan

Both players are an integral part of England limited-over sides

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Star England opener Alex Hales and fast-bowler Chris Jordan are set to entertain the crowds in Karachi for the exciting play-off stage of HBL Pakistan Super League 2019.

Hales, who is an integral part of England’s limited-over sides, will be making a return to the Islamabad United after having played four matches for United last season. The explosive England batsman is replacing fellow countryman Ian Bell in the United squad.

“I am delighted to be back with Islamabad United for this year’s HBL Pakistan Super League and I can’t wait to play in front of our passionate fans,” Hales, one of the top 10 batsmen in the ICC T20I rankings, said.

He added: “We have seen exciting cricket at the HBL PSL this year and Islamabad United has put in some excellent performances. I look forward to joining the squad and I hope that I can help the team lift the trophy once again.”

Speaking on this occasion, Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi expressed his delight over the development.

“Alex Hales is one of the leading T20 batsmen in the world and I am glad that he will play for Islamabad United in front of Pakistani fans,” said Naqvi. “I am confident that he will add great energy to Islamabad United as we look to win the play-off stage games.”

England fast-bowler Chris Jordan will also be returning to Pakistan this year as he rejoins the Peshawar Zalmi squad for the play-off stage. Jordan had to leave the Zalmi squad midway through the season due to national duty where he received the man-of-the-series award during England’s T20I series win over the Windies.

Peshawar Zalmi will be squaring off with Quetta Gladiators in the qualifier on March 13, followed by the first eliminator between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings on March 14.