Tag Archives: #bleedgreen

PSL Stats 2016

Hey Guys,

The HBL PSL was the centre stage to showcase the Pakistani talent and with another season to follow it will really bring the young talent on the spot to perform. 3 weeks of intense, thrilling T20 cricket proved to be the jump start Pakistan Cricket needed to improve its international as well as its domestic game.

In the final Islamabad United beat Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets to take the title.

However the true winner is Pakistan cricket and the Pakistan Super League. It has been a much needed injection of positivity, a step towards bringing International cricket back to Pakistan.

Lets look at the stats of the tournament:

Batsmen with most runs:
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 335 (Ave 83.7)
Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings) 329 (Ave 54.8)
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 299 (Ave 29.5)

umar-akmal-93-off-40-mere-balls

Highest individual scores:
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 117
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 93
Luke Wright (Quetta Gladiators) 86*

Most Sixes:
Sharjeel Khan (Islamabad United) 19
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 17

Highest Team score:
Quetta Gladiators 203/8
Lahore Qalandars 201/2
Lahore Qalandars 194/3

Most aggregate wickets:
A.D. Russell (Islamabad United) 16
Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi) 15
Mohammad Nawaz (Quetta Gladiators) 13

Best Bowling Figures:
Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings) 6/16
Shahid Afridi (Peshawar Zalmi) 5/7
Mohammad Sami (Islamabad United) 5/8

Most Catches:
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars) 7

Best Fielder and Batsmen:
Umar Akmal (Lahore Qalandars)

Best Bowler:
Andre Russell (Islamabad United)

Image result for andre russell pakistan super league

So action packed tournament and hoping to see more in the future.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

5 Unforgettable Moments from PSL 2016

Hey Guys,

The first season of the Pakistan Super League was something extremely special for cricket fans as well as Pakistan Cricket.

Pakistan Super League was the ground breaking venture in the history of Pakistan cricket and the first season in 2016 went down really well with the fans and to be precise was in accordance with their expectations.

The 3 week tournament made home to Dubai and Sharjah where 5 franchises, Gladiators, United, Zalmi, Qalanders and Kings, fought in some nail-biting games to lift the trophy with Islamabad United being triumphant and Quetta Gladiators coming second.

Let’s take a look at some of the most cherished moments from the inaugural season of HBL Pakistan Super League.

Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings – Last 2 balls

With 9 needed from the last 2 balls of the game, Ravi Bopara struck a six over long on from a full toss by Shane Watson. Watson held his nerve and defended 3 from the last ball with United earning their first win of the tournament.

Shahid Afridi’s Best T20 Figures:

Quetta had a promising start with 40-0 but that soon went pear shaped with Afridi striking at regular intervals to take the game from the Gladiators and setting up a comprehensive victory against a team that was looking unstoppable throughout the tournament.

Quetta Gladiators vs Lahore Qalanders Last Over:

The Qalanders put a fighting total of 201 in the first innings with Chris Gayle finally performing and leading the way. Quetta had a edgy start but soon got on their feet with a good partnership from KP and Sangakarra. Mohammed Nabi took the game away from the Qalanders by hitting two fours and a six to win the game and stopping the Qalanders from going through to the knock out round.

Mohammed Amir’s Hat-rick:

Mohammed Amir stole the limelight already on the second day of the PSL by taking the first hat-rick of the torunament. He bowled Dwayne Bravo’s middle stump, had Zohaib Khan caught behind, and trapped Kevon Cooper lbw with successive deliveries in the 19th over, restricting Lahore to a below-par 125 for 8.

Mohammad Amir takes first hat-trick of the HBL PSL

Sharjeel Khan’s Century:

Sharjeel Khan scored the first hundred of the Pakistan Super League as Islamabad United galloped into the final with a comprehensive 50-run win against Peshawar Zalmi. Sharjeel’s 50-ball hundred powered Islamabad to 176 for 3 before left-arm spinner Imran Khalid’s four-for made sure Peshawar were bowled out for 126 with two overs to spare. Sharjeel’s blade cut through the bowling line-up of the Zalmi like a hot knife through butter by dipositing legends like Shaun Tait over the boundary line.

Here is the video highlights of these wonderful moments and hope to see many more in the up-coming season:

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

Pakistan Super League Draft 2016

Hey Guys,

The HBL Pakistan Super League draft 2016 began on Wednesday 19th October in Dubai. The first round pick order was:

  1. Lahore Qalanders
  2. Karachi Kings
  3. Peshawar Zalmi
  4. Quetta Gladiators
  5. Islamabad United

There was already been some trades amongst the teams. These are the trades so far:

So here we go with the drafting system. Lets start the drafting of the HBL PSL Draft 2016:

Round 1 (Platinum Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Brendon McCullum

Karachi Kings – Chris Gayle

Peshawar Zalmi – Shahid Afridi

Quetta Gladiators – Kevin Pieterson

Islamabad United – Misbah-ul-Haq

Round 2 (Platinum Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Sunil Narine

Karachi Kings – Kieron Pollard

Peshawar Zalmi – Eoin Morgan

Quetta Gladiators – Sarfaraz Ahmed

Islamabad United – Shane Watson

Round 3 (Platinum Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Umar Akmal

Karachi Kings – Shoaib Malik

Peshawar Zalmi – Wahab Riaz

Quetta Gladiators – Ahmed Shahzad

Islamabad United – Andre Russel

Teams after Platinum Rounds:

Lahore Qalanders: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal

Karachi Kings: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik

Peshawar Zalmi: Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Wahab Riaz

Quetta Gladiators: Kevin Pieterson, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shahzad

Islamabad United: Misbah-ul-Haq, Andre Russel, Shane Watson

Round 4 (Diamond Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Sohail Tanvir

Karachi Kings – Mohammed Amir

Peshawar Zalmi – Shakib-ul-Hassan

Quetta Gladiators – Carlos Braithwaite

Islamabad United – Sharjeel Khan

Round 5 (Diamond Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Dwayne Bravo

Karachi Kings – Ravi Bopara

Peshawar Zalmi – Darren Sammy

Quetta Gladiators – Luke Wright

Islamabad United – Mohammed Irfan

Two astounding announcements by the Peshawar Zalmi captain, Shahid Afridi:

  1. Younis Khan is the new batting consultant for Peshawar Zalmi
  2. Afridi hands over the Zalmi captaincy to Darren Sammy

Round 6 (Diamond Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Yasir Shah

Karachi Kings – Kumar Sangakarra

Peshawar Zalmi – Mohammed Hafeez

Quetta Gladiators – Anwar Ali

Islamabad United – Samuel Badree

Teams after Diamond Rounds:

Lahore Qalanders: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo, Yasir Shah

Karachi Kings: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Amir, Ravi Bopara, Kumar Sangakkara

Peshawar Zalmi: Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Wahab Riaz, Shakiq-ul-Hassan, Mohammed Hafeez, Darren Sammy

Quetta Gladiators: Kevin Pieterson, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shahzad, Carlos Braithwaite, Anwar Ali, Luke Wright

Islamabad United: Misbah-ul-Haq, Andre Russel, Shane Watson, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammed Irfan, Samuel Badree

Round 7 (Gold Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Anton Devcich

Karachi Kings – Imad Wasim

Peshawar Zalmi – Chris Jordan

Quetta Gladiators – Tymal Mills

Islamabad United – Mohammed Sami

Round 8 (Gold Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Mohammed Rizwan

Karachi Kings – Babar Azam

Peshawar Zalmi – Tamim Iqbal

Quetta Gladiators – Umar Gul

Islamabad United – Khalid Latif

Round 9 (Gold Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Cameron Delport

Karachi Kings – Ryan Mclaren

Peshawar Zalmi – Kamran Akmal

Quetta Gladiators – Zulfiqar Babar

Islamabad United – Brad Haddin

Teams after Gold Rounds:

Lahore Qalanders: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo, Yasir Shah, Anton Devcich, Mohammed Rizwan, Cameron Delport

Karachi Kings: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Amir, Ravi Bopara, Kumar Sangakkara, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Ryan Mclaren

Peshawar Zalmi: Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Wahab Riaz, Shakiq-ul-Hassan, Mohammed Hafeez, Darren Sammy, Chris Jordan, Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal

Quetta Gladiators: Kevin Pieterson, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shahzad, Carlos Braithwaite, Anwar Ali, Luke Wright, Tymal Mills, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar

Islamabad United: Misbah-ul-Haq, Andre Russel, Shane Watson, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammed Irfan, Samuel Badree, Mohammed Sami, Khalid Latif, Brad Haddin

Unlike the format so far, the Silver and Emerging categories will first feature the retained players, whose names will be read out and the teams that haven’t filled their quota of players will go into the auction.

Retentions in Silver Category:

Lahore Qalanders – Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Zafar Gohar

Karachi Kings – Sohail Khan and Shahzaib Hasan.

Peshawar Zalmi – Sohaib Maqsood, Junaid Khan and Imran Khan Jr

Quetta Gladiators – Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Nabi, Asad Shafiq and Saad Nasim.

Islamabad United – Sam Billings, Saeed Ajmal, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Imran Khalid.

There will now be seven players in the draft over two rounds. Islamabad United have filled their quota so they will sit out the draft for the silver category.

Round 10 (Silver Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Fakhar Zaman

Karachi Kings – Khurram Manzoor

Peshawar Zalmi – Iftikhar Ahmed

Quetta Gladiators – Umar Amin

Round 11 (Silver Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Bilawal Bhatti

Karachi Kings – Kashif Bhatti

Peshawar Zalmi – Harris Sohail

Teams after Silver Rounds:

Lahore Qalanders: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo, Yasir Shah, Anton Devcich, Mohammed Rizwan, Cameron Delport, Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Zafar Gohar, Fakhar Zaman, Bilawal Bhatti

Karachi Kings: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Amir, Ravi Bopara, Kumar Sangakkara, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Ryan Mclaren, Sohail Khan, Shahzaib Hasan, Khurram Manzoor, Kashif Bhatti

Peshawar Zalmi: Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Wahab Riaz, Shakiq-ul-Hassan, Mohammed Hafeez, Darren Sammy, Chris Jordan, Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan Jr, Harris Sohail

Quetta Gladiators: Kevin Pieterson, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shahzad, Carlos Braithwaite, Anwar Ali, Luke Wright, Tymal Mills, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Nabi, Asad Shafiq, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin

Islamabad United: Misbah-ul-Haq, Andre Russel, Shane Watson, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammed Irfan, Samuel Badree, Mohammed Sami, Khalid Latif, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings, Saeed Ajmal, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Imran Khalid

Retentions in Emerging Category:

Peshawar Zalmi – Hassan Ali, Mohammed Asghar

Islamabad United – Amad Butt, Hussain Talat

Round 12 (Emerging Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Ghulam Mudassar

Karachi Kings – Abrar Ahmad

Quetta Gladiators – Hassan Khan

Round 13 (Emerging Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Usman Qadir

Karachi Kings – Abdul Hameed

Quetta Gladiators – Noor Ali

Teams after Emerging Rounds:

Lahore Qalanders: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo, Yasir Shah, Anton Devcich, Mohammed Rizwan, Cameron Delport, Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Zafar Gohar, Fakhar Zaman, Bilawal Bhatti, Ghulam Mudassar, Usman Qadir,

Karachi Kings: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Amir, Ravi Bopara, Kumar Sangakkara, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Ryan Mclaren, Sohail Khan, Shahzaib Hasan, Khurram Manzoor, Kashif Bhatti, Abrar Ahmad, Abdul Hameed,

Peshawar Zalmi: Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Wahab Riaz, Shakiq-ul-Hassan, Mohammed Hafeez, Darren Sammy, Chris Jordan, Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan Jr, Harris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Mohammed Asghar,

Quetta Gladiators: Kevin Pieterson, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shahzad, Carlos Braithwaite, Anwar Ali, Luke Wright, Tymal Mills, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Nabi, Asad Shafiq, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin, Hassan Khan, Noor Ali

Islamabad United: Misbah-ul-Haq, Andre Russel, Shane Watson, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammed Irfan, Samuel Badree, Mohammed Sami, Khalid Latif, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings, Saeed Ajmal, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Imran Khalid, Amad Butt, Hussain Talat,

Round 14 (Suplementary Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Grant Elliot

Karachi Kings – Dwayne Smith

Peshawar Zalmi – Alex Hales

Quetta Gladiators – David Willey

Islamabad United – Ben Dukket

Round 15 (Suplementary Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Shaun Tait

Karachi Kings – Mahela Jayawardane,

Peshawar Zalmi – Mohammed Shahzad

Quetta Gladiators – Roman Powell

Islamabad United – Shadaab Khan

Round 16 (Suplementary Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Saif Badar

Karachi  Kings – Usama Mir

Peshawar Zalmi – Irfan Khan

Quetta Gladiators – Bismillah Khan

Round 17 (Suplementary Category):

Lahore Qalanders – Mohammed Irfan

Karachi Kings – Rahat Ali, Amad Alam

Peshawar Zalmi – Khushdil Shah

Quetta Gladiators –  Mir Hamza

Islamabad United – Zohaib Khan

Final Teams:

Lahore Qalanders: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo, Yasir Shah, Anton Devcich, Mohammed Rizwan, Cameron Delport, Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Zafar Gohar, Fakhar Zaman, Bilawal Bhatti, Ghulam Mudassar, Usman Qadir, Grant Elliot, Shaun Tait, Saif Badar, Mohammed Irfan

Karachi Kings: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Amir, Ravi Bopara, Kumar Sangakkara, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Ryan Mclaren, Sohail Khan, Shahzaib Hasan, Khurram Manzoor, Kashif Bhatti, Abrar Ahmad, Abdul Hameed, Dwayne Smith, Mahela Jayawardane, Usama Mir, Rahat Ali, Amad Alam

Peshawar Zalmi: Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Wahab Riaz, Shakiq-ul-Hassan, Mohammed Hafeez, Darren Sammy, Chris Jordan, Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan Jr, Harris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Mohammed Asghar, Alex Hales, Mohammed Shahzad, Irfan Khan, Khushdil Shah

Quetta Gladiators: Kevin Pieterson, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shahzad, Carlos Braithwaite, Anwar Ali, Luke Wright, Tymal Mills, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Nabi, Asad Shafiq, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin, Hassan Khan, Noor Ali, David Willey, Roman Powell, Bismillah Khan, Mir Hamza

Islamabad United: Misbah-ul-Haq, Andre Russel, Shane Watson, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammed Irfan, Samuel Badree, Mohammed Sami, Khalid Latif, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings, Saeed Ajmal, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Imran Khalid, Amad Butt, Hussain Talat, Ben Dukket, Shadab Khan, Zohaib Khan

What an exciting HBL PSL 2016 draft. Some brilliant young players picked in the emerging round like 17 year old Amad Alam picked by the Kings. Disappointed to not see some T20 giants being picked like Jason Roy; hopefully next season. It’s going to be an exuberant second season of the PSL and hope to see you guys there and with that it is a wrap from me as all the combinations are completed. Hope your side made some good buys but in case, until the tournament starts, its goodbye from me.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan Super League 2017 Categories

Hey Guys,

Once again the HBL Pakistan Super League draft has 5 categories which the teams will be retaining or picking their players from. So here they are for the 2017 season of the exciting and electric HBL PSL:

Platinum:

Diamond:

Gold:

Silver:

As well as this there will be a emerging players category which will be revealed on the draft day and it will be thrilling to see what new talent is showcased this year. Last year we had quite a few youngsters coming to the scene like Mohammad Nawaz who has been promoted to the gold category.

It will be exhilarating to see who the teams pick or retain for the next season of the HBL PSL.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger

The Return of Mohammed Amir

Hey Guys,

Mohammed Amir entered with a bang in international cricket and shortly after disappeared with a even louder bang and the echoes of which haunt me and my fellow Pakistanis. The ‘King of Swing’ said himself that Amir was much better than him at that age. Sadly the guy ruined his career at Lords and the pundits deemed that he would never step foot on a cricket field and far from the fact that he would ever make a comeback to the national squad.

But after finishing his cricket-less 5 years he came back to the domestic circuit and blew the competition away with his bowling causing trouble to even his former team mates. Playing for Chittagong Vikings and taking 13 wickets in 8 matches and proving his critics wrong.

Thumb amircatch

As said before, Amir was signed by Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League and that’s where the revival of this maestro started. He had some shining moments in local matches in Pakistan but that was surely was not enough to get him to the national squad. He still has the pace and is still 23, in his very first match he was on hat trick on two occasions; he came all guns blazing and was wonderful to see. Steaming in from a fifteen yard run-up and troubling batsmen with his in swinging deliveries is a clear sign that the guy still has it.

He bowled a crucial second last over and got rid of two set batsmen, Pareera and Misbah on consecutive balls. That perfectly crafted yorker to Misbah who was opening himself for a booming drive over extra cover proved to be too good for him. Although the gestures after dismissing the captain were extremely inappropriate but still he helped his side win the match and ended up with the career best 4 for 30.

Thumb aamir with team

In the next match Amir proved that he could do magical things even with an old ball when he had to defend nine overs and he succeeded proving that he is very cool under pressure as not a lot of young players are.

Pakistan desperately needs a fast bowler to accompany Wahab Riaz as Irfan sooner or later would retire and looking at the present lot, only Amir seems fit to fill the soon to be vacant spot. He is a potent fast bowler and is yet to reach his prime age, so let’s give him a chance.

In my opinion Amir should be included in the side only on his performance and behaviour and no not left out because of some grudges. Selectors must monitor his performance and discipline for next few months and if he performs and behaves well then there should be no excuse to keep him away from his passion.

Peace Out,

The Cornered Tiger