Brad Haddin has retired from international cricket this year    AFP
Brad Haddin has retired from international cricket this year AFP

Former Australia vice-captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has signed up for the Pakistan Super League s (PSL) inaugural edition, which will be organized in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Haddin had called it quits from One-Day Internationals (ODIs) after the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which his team won, and retired from Test cricket a few days after returning home from the Ashes 2015 campaign. Haddin had not announced a complete retirement, as he made it clear that he would be playing in the Australian T20 tournament Big Bash League (BBL) for the Sydney Sixers. It has been confirmed that Haddin has joined the likes of Brad Hodge, Kevin Pietersen and the flamboyant Chris Gayle in lining up for Pakistan Cricket Board s (PCB) dream project. ALSO READ: Brad Haddin to coach budding cricketers

The official website of Cricket Australia (CA) informed that Haddin and Hodge are the only two Australian cricketers to play in PSL, which will be organised in Dubai and Sharjah from February 4-24, 2016.

Around that time, Australia will be busy in international assignments against New Zealand and this will prevent T20 stars such as Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner from taking part in the tournament. ALSO READ: Brad Haddin: I haven t missed cricket at all since retirement

Among the players who have signed up for PSL 2016 are Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith and Sunil Narine. It must be noted that all these players are star attractions in the massively successful Indian Premier League (IPL).

There are Sri Lankan players in their captain Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Tillekaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera. England discard Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tim Bresnan, Grant Elliott from New Zealand and Shakib Al Hasan are also in the PSL 2016.

India’s Robin Singh, New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming, West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge, Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas and the South African Mickey Arthur are among the coaches to have thrown their hats in the ring.