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Watson to play PSL matches in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Shane Watson will play for his franchise in the Pakistan leg of the PSL. The Australian all-rounder has scored 332 runs in Pakistan's premier domestic Twenty20 competition while representing Quetta Gladiators, which has already qualified for the playoffs after winning seven of its nine games.

Watson didn't come to Pakistan in the previous two editions of the PSL and only played in the league matches in the United Arab Emirates. Initially, Watson had agreed to play in the UAE in this year's tournament, too, but said he changed his mind.

"It has been a tough decision, more so from my family's point of view, and it all comes down to the support that my wife and my family has given me," Watson said in a statement Wednesday. "I am very excited as it has been 14 years since I was in Pakistan last."

The Pakistan Cricket Board sees the PSL as a pathway to regain the confidence of foreign teams for the resumption of international cricket at home. Karachi will host eight PSL matches because the PCB moved three matches from Lahore to the southern port city last Sunday after political and military tension between India and Pakistan.

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