Moeen Ali is not participating in the Pakistan Super League 2017 for what, the league said was for a pilgrimage for Umrah although the official line up stated just personal reasons.
Moeen, who is currently in India with England’s limited-overs squad, was named yesterday as a replacement for Carlos Brathwaite in the Quetta Gladiators squad. He had been negotiating with his manager as to his exact availability when the clash of priorities became visible.
Quetta was quickly informed of his change of plans, and Moeen has now been replaced by the veteran Australian, Brad Hodge, who represented Peshawar Zalmi in last season.
Moeen Ali is a top player and a great person, read a tweet from the franchise. League respects his decision to honor his family commitment first. Good Luck Moeen.
Faisal Mirza, who is in charge of player enrollment for the PSL, tweeted on Tuesday. Between the time he declared availability and the Draft his plan to MashaAllah go to family Umrah got finalized. Naturally, the team said ok.
It is not the first time that Moeen has performed a swift U-turn when it comes to T20 league availability. Last year, he put himself forward for the IPL auction, only to withdraw hours later after the ECB showed concerns about his workload.
As England’s premier spin-bowling allrounder, Moeen played 41 matches for England across all three formats in 2016, including all 17 of their Test matches. He faces an even more extreme workload in 2017, with England hosting the Champions Trophy in June, as well as multi-format series against South Africa and West Indies ahead of the Ashes tour in October.
Moeen, a pious Muslim, first performed umrah in November 2009 and credited the inspirational experience for a flying start to his county season with Worcestershire the following year.
He came back nice and fresh after that, It makes a person strong and it was a chance to just get away from cricket.
The second season of the PSL gets in progress in the UAE on Feb 9, with the final scheduled to take place in Lahore on March 7.