Pakistan Super League
Final result: Islamabad defeated Quetta by six wickets
By Sports Desk
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set to rock the world of lucrative T20 leagues. With 69 local and 29 foreign stars, the five-team, 24-match league will be held from February 4 to February 23 at two UAE stadiums in Sharjah and Dubai.
The teams were sold for a total of $93 million to ARY media group (Karachi Kings), Qatar Oil (Lahore Qalandars), UAE Capital Venture (Islamabad United), Haier (Peshawar Zalmi) and Omar Associates (Quetta Gladiators) for 10 years, with $200,000 salaries for top-tier players and relatively handsome pays for mid-tier and emerging talent as well. The winning side, meanwhile, will bring home $1 million.
With the legendary Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja as brand ambassadors, the PSL is being touted as Pakistan’s much needed opportunity to resurface on the international cricket scene in the limited overs.
Featuring 69 local and 29 foreign stars, the five-team, 24-match Pakistam Super League will be held From February 4 – 23 across two stadiums in Sharjah and Dubai — Pakistan’s “home away from home”.
The teams were sold to private consortiums for a sum of $93 million across 10 years, with $200,000 salaries for top-tier players and relatively handsome paydays for middle-tier and emerging talent.
The winning side, meanwhile, will bring home $1 million.
Following are profiles of the five teams:
Islamabad United was sold to Leonine Global Sports for $15million/year for a period of 10 years.
Islamabad signed Australian Shane Watson as their icon player, but Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq will be leading the side in the inaugural edition.
Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones is the head coach, and will be accompanied by Tauseef Ahmed (assistant coach) and former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram (director).
Islamabad can call upon one of the most potent bowling attacks in the tournament, boasting the likes of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Samuel Badree and Mohammad Sami among their ranks.
The team also features devastating all-rounders in Shane Watson and Andre Russell, who have the capacity to turn the game on its head on any given day with both bat and ball.
Misbah, alongside young Pakistani batsman Babar Azam, can provide stability in the middle order.
Islamabad have only one specialist wicketkeeper in Brad Haddin, who at 38 is no longer the player he once was. If Haddin gets injured, then Islamabad will struggle to replace him.
Islamabad also lack finishers in their lineup, with Russell the only batsman to boast an impressive track record in that role.
- Shane Watson – 6 Matches, 194 runs, 1 wicket
- Andre Russell – 10 Matches, 84 runs, 16 wickets
- Misbah-ul-Haq – 9 Matches, 166 runs
- Samuel Badree – 6 Matches, 2 runs, 4 wickets
- Mohammad Irfan – 6 Matches, 7 wickets
- Brad Haddin – 8 Matches, 188 runs, 7 catches, 1 stumping
- Sharjeel Khan – 11 Matches, 299 runs
- Mohammad Sami – 7 Matches, 23 runs, 12 wickets
- Khalid Latif – 9 Matches, 206 runs
- Babar Azam – 2 Matches, 15 runs
- Imran Khalid – 9 Matches, 38 runs, 9 wickets
- Kamran Ghulam – 2 Matches, 9 runs
- Umar Amin – 2 Matches, 4 runs
- Sam Billings – 5 Matches, 34 runs, 2 catch, 0 stumping
- Rumman Raees – 8 Matches, 6 runs, 4 wicket
- Amad Butt –
- Ashar Zaidi – 3 Matches, 8 runs
- Saeed Ajmal – 6 Matches, 20 runs, 6 wicket
- Hussain Talat –
- Asif Ali – 3 Matches, 34 runs
- Azhar Mahmood – 2 Match, 14 runs, 1 wicket
- Umar Siddiq
- Dwayne Smith – 3 Matches, 80 runs
Karachi Kings was sold to Salman Iqbal, the owner of ARY Group, for $26million/year for a period of 10 years, making them the most expensive franchise.
Karachi signed up for former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik as their icon player, who will also captain the side.
Former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur is the head coach, and is being accompanied by former Pakistan leggie Mushtaq Ahmed, who will work both as the assistant and as the bowling coach.
Karachi Kings have a number of all-rounders who have proven to be an important asset in the shortest format of the game.
The likes of Malik, Imad Wasim and Shakibal Hasan provide the team with much-needed balance with both bat and ball.
Karachi’s spin department seems to be on the stronger side with two quality left-arm spinners in Imad and Shakib and a very talented leg-spinner in Usama Mir.
Kings’ pace attack also looks solid with left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir, right-arm quickie Sohail Khan and left-arm unorthodox medium pacer Sohail Tanvir in their lineup.
Karachi also have the services of a proven T20 captain in Malik, under whom Sialkot Stallions have won the domestic T20 tournaments a record six times.
Lack of quality batting at the top of the order can prove to be a problem for Karachi; especially since England international James Vince is a doubt due to his commitment with the national side.
Another thing that may be a problem for the Kings is the absence of renowned big hitters in the lower order. The team will have to rely heavily on stroke makers rather than genuine power hitters and sloggers who can play vital cameos in the death overs.
- Shoaib Malik – 9 Matches, 157 runs, 1 wicket
- Shakib Al Hasan – 8 Matches, 126 runs, 3 wickets
- Sohail Tanvir – 6 Matches, 33 runs, 2 wickets
- Imad Wasim – 8 Matches, 48 run, 4 wickets
- Ravi Bopara – 9 Matches, 329 runs, 11 wicket
- Lendl Simmons – 6 Matches, 151 runs
- Mohammad Amir – 7 Matches, 10 runs, 7 wickets
- Bilawal Bhatti – 1 Match, 15 runs, 2 wickets
- James Vince – 7 Matches, 111 runs
- Iftikhar Ahmed – 4 Matches, 27 run, 0 wicket
- Nauman Anwar – 5 Matches, 55 run, 0 wicket
- Mushfiqur Rahim – 3 Matches, 49 runs, 1 catch, 2 stumping
- Usama Mir – 7 Matches, 13 runs, 6 wickets
- Sohail Khan – 5 Matches, 21 runs, 4 wicket
- Mir Hamza – 4 Matches, 0 wicket
- Safiullah Bangash – 5 Matches, 0 run, 2 catch, 0 stumping
- Tillakaratne Dilshan –
- Shahzaib Hasan – 2 Match, 45 runs
- Fawad Alam –
- Ryan ten Doeschate – 1 Match, 16 runs
- Riki Wessels – 2 Matches, 4 runs
Lahore Qalandars was sold to Qatar Lubricants for $24million/year for a period of 10 years.
Lahore signed West Indian opener Chris Gayle, who holds the records for the fastest century and half-century in T20s, as their icon player. However, the team will be led by Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali.
South African Paddy Upton has been appointed as the head coach, with Ijaz Ahmed (batting coach) and Shahid Aslam (assistant coach) also in the coaching roster.
Lahore have the services of proven big-hitters in Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Umar Akmal.
They can also call upon the services of exciting young Pakistani talents such as Mohammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood and Zafar Gohar.
The presence of veteran Abdul Razzaq as a supplementary players is also going to excite supporters, as he is a proven match-winner.
Qalandars will be led by a captain, Azhar Ali, who was a Test specialist before he was inducted into the ODI side as the captain. He has never played a T20I for Pakistan and has scored only two half-centuries in 42 domestic T20s.
He recently captained Lahore Lions in the domestic T20 tournament and the team finished bottom of their group.
Another drawback is the unavailability of key bowlers Yasir Shah and Mustafizur Rahman. The former is facing a potential ban after failing to pass a random dope test, while the latter has been barred from participating in the PSL to reduce his work load before the World T20.
- Chris Gayle – 5 Matches, 103 runs
- Dwayne Bravo – 8 Matches, 111 runs, 4 wicket
- Umar Akmal – 7 Matches, 335 runs
- Mohammad Rizwan – 8 Matches, 103 runs, 6 catch, 4 stumpings
- Ajantha Mendis – 4 Matches, 4 wickets
- Shoaib Maqsood – 2 Match, 79 runs
- Mustafizur Rahman –
- Kevon Cooper – 7 Matches, 10 runs, 6 wickets
- Cameron Delport – 8 Matches, 227 runs, 4 wickets
- Zafar Gohar – 6 Matches, 1 run, 7 wickets
- Hammad Azam – 3 Matches, 18 runs
- Zia-ul-Haq – 3 Matches, 3 wicket
- Zohaib Khan – 7 Matches, 18 runs, 3 wickets
- Azhar Ali – 7 Matches, 183 runs
- Naved Yasin – 5 Matches, 27 runs
- Adnan Rasool – 3 Matches, 0 runs
- Abdul Razzaq –
- Mukhtar Ahmed –
- Ehsan Adil – 5 Matches, 7 wickets
- Imran Butt –
Peshawar Zalmi was sold to Javed Afridi, the CEO of Haier Pakistan, for $16million for a 10-year period.
Zalmi signed Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi as their icon player, who will also captain the side.
Mohammad Akram was appointed as their head coach and the former Pakistan paceman will be assisted by Andy Flower (batting coach) and Grant Ludon (fielding coach).
Peshawar boast star T20 performers in Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy, Mohammad Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal among their ranks.
The team also has some other potential match winners, including Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz.
Wahab, Shaun Tait and Junaid Khan form a good fast-bowling lineup, while Afridi has once again found form with the ball.
Too many oldies can ruin the show for Peshawar. In a format which is touted to be for young and energetic cricketers, Peshawar’s reliance on the tried and tested may be to theire detriment.
The spin department looks weak as too much hope has been placed on the ageing shoulders of Shahid Afridi and Abdur Rehman. The latter has been out of the national team for quite some time now and has played only eight T20Is for Pakistan.
- Shahid Afridi – 10 Matches, 87 runs, 10 wickets
- Wahab Riaz – 9 Matches, 56 runs, 15 wickets
- Darren Sammy – 10 Matches, 140 runs, 4 wickets
- Kamran Akmal – 10 Matches, 151 runs, 8 catches, 2 stumpings
- Mohammad Hafeez – 9 Matches, 220 runs
- Shaun Tait – 9 Matches, 10 wickets
- Tamim Iqbal – 6 Matches, 267 runs
- Junaid Khan – 6 Matches, 2 runs, 6 wickets
- Jim Allenby – 2 Match, 38 runs
- Aamer Yamin – 2 Match, 0 runs, 1 wickets
- Dawid Malan – 8 Matches, 163 runs
- Imran Khan jr – 1 Match, 1 wicket
- Shahid Yousuf – 9 Matches, 99 runs
- Abdur Rehman – 1 Match, 0 wicket
- Musadiq Ahmed –
- Hasan Ali – 3 Matches 2 wickets, 6 runs
- Mohammad Asghar – 9 Matches, 11 wickets, 1 run
- Brad Hodge – 4 matches, 93 runs
- Israrullah –
Quetta Gladiators was sold to Omar Associates for $11million/year for a period of 10 years.
Gladiators signed former England batsman Kevin Pietersen as their icon player, but Pakistan ODI and T20I vice-captain Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side.
Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan has been appointed as the head coach, while England’s Ian Pont (assistant/bowling coach) and Julien Fountain (fielding coach) will assist him.
Quetta have a strong batting line-up. The Sarfraz-led side boast the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Ahmed Shehzad, Luke Wright, Elton Chigumbura and Saad Nasim.
The left-arm/right-arm spin duo of Zulfiqar Babar and Bilal Asif can provide them with an advantage on UAE’s spin-friendly pitches.
A glaring lack of finishers is the obvious weak department for Quetta, as they will have to heavily rely on Anwar Ali to get them over the line in crunch situations with the bat.
A lack of depth in the squad also seems to be a real problem, and any injury to the playing eleven can disrupt the balance of the entire team.
- Kevin Pietersen – 9 Matches, 215 runs
- Sarfraz Ahmed – 10 Matches, 168 runs, 2 catches, 2 stumpings
- Ahmed Shehzad – 10 Matches, 290 runs
- Anwar Ali – 9 Matches, 38 runs, 9 wickets
- Grant Elliott – 6 Matches, 65 runs, 11 wickets
- Luke Wright – 6 Matches, 169 runs
- Zulfiqar Babar – 10 Matches, 22 runs, 9 wickets
- Umar Gul – 6 Matches, 4 wickets
- Elton Chigumbura – 5 Matches, 10 runs
- Bilal Asif –
- Asad Shafiq – 1 Match, 16 runs
- Mohammad Nawaz – 10 Matches, 120 runs, 13 wickets
- Saad Nasim –
- Mohammad Nabi – 8 Matches, 47 runs, 4 wickets
- Akbar-ur-Rehman – 7 Matches, 15 runs
- Bismillah Khan – 3 Matches, 55 runs
- Kumar Sangakkara – 4 Matches, 129 runs
- Aizaz Cheema – 4 Match, 6 wickets
- Rameez –
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2nd Playoff – Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings (Dubai)
3rd Playoff – Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United (Dubai)
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