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 Quetta Gladiators.
The Gladiators were bought by Omar Associates for $1.1 million. They are the dark horse of the HBL PSL but have a pool of players that can perform on the day and can demolish the opposition batting and bowling. Players like Luke Wright, Anwar Ali and Bilal Asif who can shock the world with their belligerent performances.
The Gladiators possess a advantage in the tournament that no other team has. The 2 English Men, Kevin Pieterson and Luke Wright, who have racked up plenty of runs in the BBL playing together. Ahmed Shahzad will open the batting with Luke Wright followed by Kevin Pieterson and then Asad Shafiq, Rameez Raja Jr and to add some aggression to the bottom will be Sarfaraz Ahmed. The Gladiators have a very balanced line-up and it will be interesting how they set their line-up as there are many players who are comfortable at lots of positions.
Quetta have one of the most experienced bowling line-ups of the tournament which will come in handy in pressure situations. Bowlers like Umar Gul and Zulfiqar Babar have performed at the top level and now how to bowl at the death but players like Aizaz Cheema and Jade Dernbach don’t have much experience but are very handy on the pitches of the UAE. Chimgambura, Anwar Ali and Bilal Asif will be handy to bowl some economical overs in their qouta of 3-4 overs.
It will very interesting how Safaraz uses his bowlers to get right amount of damage on their opponent. The two spinners, Babar and Asif will be get a lot of spin and bounce on a pitch like Dubai.
Quetta has a lot of young players that will make a huge impact in the HBL PSL. Players like Anwar Ali, Mohammed Nabi, Saad Nasim and Bilal Asif will show their talent to the world in this perfect format of the game. These players could get the Gladiators to the top of the table with big cameos in the middle of the innings.
These players are young, energetic and most importantly have nothing to lose. They’ll play fearless cricket which we Pakistanis haven’t seen for a while from our side. These all-rounders like to play attacking cricket and will be lethal in slog overs. Anwar Ali and Pareera will be the key players in the death overs for Quetta Gladiators.
Players to Watch Out For
Gulldozer is all set to make a comeback and Pakistan Super League is a perfect platform for him to get his rhythm back and exhibit the class and talent that he always had in international circuit. We all know that he is a rhythm bowler and once he’s on song there is no stopping him. We are anxious waiting to see those uprooting stumps and flying bails.
Bilal Asif is a player that didn’t perform on the international circuit with his batting but with the bowl he deceived the batsman and will be very effective on the spinny and bouncy wickets of Dubai. He couldn’t handle the pressure of the international games but he is eager to leave a foot print in the HBL PSL.
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