The Pakistan Super League is all set to start on February 4th 2016. On the 21st and the 22nd of December 2015 the inaugural PSL draft was taken place in the National Academy of Pakistan in Lahore to maintain balance among all five squads of the tournament.
In each blog, I will analyse every team of the Pakistan Super league a.k.a PSL. So lets start the discussion about the Islamabad United.
Bought by Leonine Global Sports for $1.5 million, United is one of the underrated teams of the tournament along with Karachi. They lack the fire-power, big names and match winners but these 2 teams have a lot of potential. United is captained by the 41 year old Misbah-ul-Haq who is still very fit for his age.
United have a pretty decent batting line-up. Baber Azam and Misbah-ul-Haq are players that can produce partnerships, which will be important to build up a inning. Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan are good players of the seamers which will be important on a fast wicket like Dubai. Another player that has been piling up runs in the domestic circuit is Umar Amin but he has not performed for the national squad lately.
United is playing with 2 wicket-keepers, Sam Billings and Brad Haddin, and both of these players are hard-hitting players that can keep the scoreboard going at any time so now the question stands, who does he play ?
The attack will be lead by Sami and Irfan, 2 quick bowlers that can get early breakthroughs. Sami had a a brilliant BPL and is likely to keep his form going and maybe in the World T20. Both of the players have experience and sheer pace. To join them there is Andre Russel who had a brilliant BBL and has pace as well.
In the spin department, United have Ajmal and Badree. Ajmal has lost his poison on the batsman but is ready for a memorable comeback. With Watson, Zaidi and Russel United have the most diverse bowling line-up of the tournament.
Yes you read it right, with Watson, Russell and Ashar Zaidi United’s have the power to take down any team in Pakistan Super League. Watson and Russell are two players who are famous for their fire power and we are all waiting for some fireworks from these two. Ashar Zaidi just had a dream BPL season and Pakistani fans are anxiously waiting to see him in action. Kamran Ghulam is another gem in the closet of Islamabad United, he is a great chap and should be given a chance, because he has the caliber to play for National side.
Players to Watch Out For
Andre Russel is a player that I believe will continue his great form from the BBL because of his aggressive nature towards the game. Ajmal is another player that will perform well and is back for a memorable comeback.
Kamran Ghulam and Khalid Latif are two players who could surprise cricket pundits with their blistering performances. Kamran Ghulam has played for the under 19 side and is considered as a bright prospect for Pakistan. Kalid Latif although couldn’t portray the potential he as in international circuit but he would mount runs in PSL-T20.
The Cornered Tiger