Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye has chosen to represent Karachi Kings in the ongoing HBL Pakistan Super League, foregoing the remaining matches of the Marsh One-Day Cup with his domestic team, Western Australia.
Despite not being contracted with Western Australia, Tye is a crucial member of their playing XI in limited-overs cricket. His absence is expected to have a significant impact on Western Australia's chances of defending their title.
Meanwhile, English batsman Alex Hales has opted out of England's tour to Bangladesh to fulfil his contractual obligations with Islamabad United for the upcoming edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League.
Hales' decision to prioritise his franchise commitments over international duty highlights the growing influence of T20 leagues in shaping players' priorities. Karachi Kings will begin their PSL campaign against Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi.