Faf du Plessis, the top batsman for the Quetta Gladiators, has withdrawn from the present Pakistan Super League tournament, the team said on Wednesday.
Faf “will not be able to participate in the PSL after a violent collision earlier in the tournament” with his teammate Mohammad Hasnain during fielding, according to a statement from the Gladiators.
He is scheduled to return to South Africa tonight.
“We wish the legend the best of luck and hope he is able to return to the field soon,” his teammates added.
With four points from eight games, the Gladiators are now at the bottom of the standings.
Their next fixture is today, against the Multan Sultans.
Gladiator @faf1307 will not be able to take further part in @thePSLt20 after a nasty collision earlier in the tournament.
The star batsman will be flying back to 🇿🇦 South Africa.
We wish the legend all the best & hope he gets back on the field soon 💜#GladiatorsForever pic.twitter.com/ahkQyEeqhz
— Quetta Gladiators (@TeamQuetta) June 16, 2021
After the incident, the South African batsman stated he suffered some memory loss, but that he is hopeful of returning to play soon.
In their 61-run loss to Peshawar Zalmi, Du Plessis had Hasnain while trying to save a boundary.
The Gladiators’ physio responded to the 36-year-old as he lay prone on the ground before he got up and was transported to the hospital.
On Sunday, du Plessis posted on Twitter, “Thank you everyone for all the expressions of support.”
“I’ve returned to the hotel to rest. I’ve had a concussion and am experiencing some memory loss, but I’ll be fine. Hopefully, I’ll be able to return to the field soon.”
As a concussion replacement, opener Saim Ayub took over for du Plessis.