Albeit hitting his third-half century of the current PSL for Quetta Gladiators, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is still sceptical about coming to Pakistan. In a post match press conference at Abu Dhabi, Watson stated how he is still in talks with his family about playing the Pakistan leg of the tournament.
“I am continuing to talk to my wife, and my mum and dad. I know I would absolutely love to be able to come to play to Pakistan,” he said.
“I have always loved playing against them in international cricket, and I have always really enjoyed the support Pakistanis have given me in all parts of the world. We are going to continue to talk, and we will see,” he further added.
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Moreover, Watson also feels that his contribution to the team will not be missed, as they are all incredible players on their own. “We have an incredibly talented squad. With the depth in our squad, I am not worried at all. We have filled a few holes in our squad that we had in the last year or so,” he said.
Watson also pointed out how there is no guarantee that he will always perform as great as he usually does. “Just because someone is playing there, doesn’t mean they are going to perform every time, either,” he said, while also lauding the presence of players like Dwayne Bravo in the team, the reason why he feels his absence won’t be much of a big deal.
With that said, it certainly looks like Watson will be a no-show for Pakistan. Whereas, on a side note, AB De Villiers has also been ruled out of the Pakistan leg of PSL after picking up a back injury. Earlier, the player had committed to play two matches in Pakistan, but has now been advised to rest by his doctor.
“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in front of the passionate Pakistani cricket fans. I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks, and unfortunately, that rules me out of the games in Pakistan,” de Villiers said in a statement.