Pakistani PSL Player Names List in 2017
The Draft for the second season of the Pakistan Super League was held in October 2016 and saw a wide variety of Pakistani and overseas players get picked by various teams in the competition. Here we look at some of the Pakistani cricketers featuring in this season of the PSL.
As expected, Islamabad United went for Misbah-ul-Haq to captain their side after having won the title last year under his leadership. Also joining the side is Sharjeel Khan who has already played for Pakistan, having opened the innings and seam bowler Mohammad Sami, who had recently made a comeback into the Pakistani side by playing in the World T20.
Khalid Latif, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Shadab Khan and Zohaib Khan
are some of the other Pakistani players who will want to create an impression for the Islamabad United during this second season. Shadab is an 18-year-old batsman and leg-break bowler who hasn’t played in too many first-class matches so far but is expected to do good over the next few years.
While Shoaib Malik will not be leading the Karachi Kings this season, having been their captain till last year, he will be the side’s senior-most Pakistani player and one his team will rely on. Malik aside, there are two other Pakistanis that the world will be watching very closely, Babar Azam amd Imad Wasim. Azam announced himself to the world with those three centuries in a row against West Indies, while Wasim has already been a talk of the T20 leagues around the world thanks to his rousing left-arm spin bowling.
Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan are three Pakistani fast bowlers, all of whom have been brought into the Karachi squad while Abrar Ahmed, Abdul Hameed, Usama Mir and Amad Alam are some of the others expected to don their colours.
Shahid Afridi handed over the Peshawar Zalmi captaincy to Darren Sammy but that is only because he wants to take up a more senior role as a batsman and a bowler. Of course, for company, he will have Mohammad Hafeez, another senior Pakistani player and the duo will not only want to lead their side to glory but also make a name for themselves in this twilight of their respective careers.
Peshawar also has Kamran Akmal who will hope his keeping helps the side as much as his batting while Sohaib Maqsood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali and Khushdil Shah are some of the others in the squad.
In Sarfraz Ahmed, the Quetta Gladiators have Pakistan’s T20 captain and an ace keeper as well. What he will want is for the likes of Ahmed Shehzad and Asad Shafiq to come to the party – Shehzad has been a tad patchy in his international career while Shafiq is more a batsman in the Test match mould.
Also in their squad is Umar Gul and Anwar Ali, two fast bowlers who will look to exploit the conditions while Mohammad Nawaz looks to build on the start he has got as an international cricketer.
Azhar Ali gave up on his Lahore Qalandars captaincy but he is one of the senior-most men in the squad as far as the leadership role is concerned. If his batting is the key at the top of the order, then the side will need the bowling of Sohail Tanvir and Yasir Shah, two wicket-taking bowlers in the Lahore side who could deliver them a title win.
Umar Akmal makes the squad too but like Shehzad, his performances will need to be monitored for consistency, while Mohammad Rizwan, Bilawal Bhatti and Mohammad Irfan have all played some international cricket for Pakistan.
Some of the younger players involved in the squad are Fakhar Zaman, Ghulam Mudassar, Usman Qadir, Saif Badar and Mohammad Irfan (Jr.) with Qadir being the son of former Pakistani legendary spinner Abdul Qadir.