By Jawad Hussain
KARACHI, February 14, 2019 (SNN247.com) – The Islamabad United are the most successful franchise in the brief history of the Pakistan Super League as they have clinched the PSL title twice in the first three years.
However, a lot has changed for the defending champions as their successful skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has moved to Peshawar Zalmi this year whereas South African experienced player JP Duminy is not around this time. The responsibilities of leading the side is on the experienced shoulders of fast bowler Mohammad Sami who will have young leg-spinner Shadab Khan as his vice-captain for the tournament.
Islamabad United look like quite a decent team on the papers as they have a great combination of youth and experience. The batting line-up is studded with experienced players like Luke Ronchi and Ian Bell while the youthful exuberance of Asif Ali, Cameron Delport, Hussain Talat, and Shadab Khan are set to fire up the cricket stadiums in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.
The PSL defending champions are also saying welcome to left-arm fast bowler Rumman Raees who has been out of cricket action due to an injury. His addition would prove really handy for the Islamabad United this season. The inclusion of Samit Patel will add experience right at the end of the middle order while he also comes handy as a good spin bowling option for the new skipper.
The Islamabad United’s squad for the Pakistan Super League 2019 includes:
- Faheem Ashraf (PAK) (Platinum)
- Luke Ronchi (NZL) (Platinum)
- Shadab Khan (PAK) (Platinum)
- Mohammad Sami (PAK) (Diamond)
- Asif Ali (PAK) (Diamond)
- Ian Bell (ENG) (Diamond)
- Rumman Raees (PAK) (Gold)
- Samit Patel (ENG) (Gold)
- Phil Salt (ENG) (Gold)
- Hussain Talat (PAK) (Silver)
- Waqas Maqsood (PAK) (Silver)
- Sahibzada Farhan (PAK) (Silver)
- Zafar Gohar (PAK) (Silver)
- Cameron Delport (RSA) (Silver)
- Mohammad Musa Khan (PAK) (Emerging)
- Nasir Nawaz (PAK) (Emerging)
- Wayne Parnell (RSA) (Supplementary)
- Zahir Khan (PAK) (Supplementary)
- Amad Butt (PAK) (Supplementary)
- Rizwan Hussain (PAK) (Supplementary)
Can Islamabad United fetch their third PSL title in four years under new captain Mohammad Sami? It won’t be an easy ride at all as the other teams have fortified their bench-strength and the PSL 4 is all set to go right to the wire yet again.
Islamabad United open their title defence campaign against Lahore Qalandars at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on February 14, 2019. The match will begin at 10:45 p.m. Pakistan Standard Time.