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Despite carrying a formidable squad, Lahore Qalandars failed to seize the opportunity and finished dead last on the points table for the fourth consecutive year in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). One major reason of the dismal outing is the misfortunate injures which saw the axing of the marquee players of the franchise.

AB de Villiers, the former South African batsman, was the biggest signing for this year’s PSL. While the contract was for 9 games, he was able to play only 7 matches. The 35-year old missed two crucial games of Pakistan leg of the tournament which dented the chances of Lahore’s qualification.

Many cricket pundits were of the view that the flamboyant batsman used injury as an excuse to avoid touring Pakistan. However, owner of Lahore Qalandars Fawad Rana addressed on the matter and clarified the troubles of the former South African captain.

Sharing his views on their journey in the most watched T20 tournament of Pakistan, the managing director of Qatar Lubricants revealed that AB carried the back injury to play 2 games. After diagnosing the condition of the Pretoria born player, doctors called it a criminal act to have him play more matches. Therefore, Lahore decided to rest him to avoid seeing the situation getting exacerbated.