Former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) after sustaining a back injury. De Villiers, captain of Lahore Qalandars, had signed to play seven games in the UAE and two matches in Lahore. He returned to South Africa after the UAE matches and was supposed to fly to Pakistan. However, he has been ruled out for two weeks due to his injury.

“I am very disappointed that I’ll not be able to play in front of the passionate Pakistani cricket fans,” ICC quoted de Villiers, as saying. “I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks and, unfortunately, that rules me out of the games in [Pakistan],” he added.

De Villiers further backed his side and fourth placed on the points table, Lahore to lift the PSL trophy.

“I hope to be a part of the PSL next year and very much hope to play my part in the return of international cricket to the country. I am backing Lahore Qalandars to go all the way and win the trophy this year,” he said.

The last four PSL group matches and the playoffs will take place in Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier decided that all matches will be hosted in Karachi, beginning March 9.

In other news related to South African cricket – leg-spinner Imran Tahir will step down from ODI cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, it was announced on Monday. The Pakistan-born twirler is currently contracted to Cricket South Africa (CSA) until 31 July, after which he will make himself available for T20 franchise cricket, according to ICC’s website.

However, the 39-year-old would like to continue to don the Proteas shirt in T20 internationals ahead of the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, but believes the time is right to allow younger spin talents to emerge in the 50-over format.

Tahir qualified to play for South Africa on January 1, 2011, and was selected for the 2011 World Cup.

On June 15, 2016, in a match against the West Indies, Tahir became the first South African bowler to take seven wickets in an ODI, whilst also becoming the fastest South African to reach 100 ODI wickets.