Despite Lahore Qalandars’ invitation to fly him into Pakistan for Sunday’s game, Rashid Khan will be unavailable for the PSL final since he is in the midst of Afghanistan’s white-ball tour of Bangladesh. The Qalandars are scheduled to face the reigning champions Multan Sultans at Gaddafi Stadium, and they took advantage of the PCB’s adjustment of the Covid-19 regulations to make the trip. Rashid, on the other hand, stated that he wouldn’t be able to participate in the PSL final because “National Duty is always the first priority.”

Rashid’s chances of returning to the PSL at this late date were always little to none. Rashid’s participation in the final would have required the approval of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) as well as assistance from Bangladesh officials since he only has a single-entry visa for Bangladesh and would have needed to modify it if he was to travel to Pakistan and return. The plan in Lahore was to fly him in on a charter jet from one of Bangladesh’s bubbles to the one erected for the PSL. But it would have needed airspace permissions in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and the region’s convoluted geopolitics would have posed even another challenge.

Rashid’s worth is shown by the fact that Lahore considered this suggestion. He was a crucial component of their early league-stage success, being part of the league’s most potent assault. On February 20, he signed off and departed after taking 13 wickets in nine matches at an average of 17.30 and a 6.25 economy rate.