Pakistan Super League - Squad Analysis

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Pakistan Super League - Squad Analysis

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    With less than 24 hours to go to the opening match of the much awaited inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL), here is a short analysis of the squads, their strengths, weakness and players to keep an eye on.



    Quetta Gladiators:


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    Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Kevin Pietersen, Ahmad Shahzad, Anwar Ali, Luke Wright, Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Gul, Elton Chigumbura, Thisara Perera, Bilal Asif, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Nawaz, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Nabi, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Bismillah Khan, Kumar Sangakkara, Aizaz Cheema, Ramiz Raja Jr.

    Strength: Top order.

    Quetta's strength clearly lies in their top order batting, boasting of explosive batsmen such as the likes of Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen; both batsmen have been in good form and were among the top run-getters in the recently concluded Big Bash. The top order is also likely to be bolstered by Kumar Sangakarra later in the tournament.

    Weakness: Pace Bowling

    The biggest weakness of the Gladiators seems to be their pace bowling. While they will have the services of Umar Gul who is one of the leading wicket takers in the T20 format, the rest of the pacers do not inspire much confidence. Moreover, Gul also has a tendency to blow hot and cold and on a bad day could prove to be expensive. The unavailability of Jason Holder and Jade Dernbach being ruled out due to injury has not helped either.

    Player to watch out for: Mohammad Nawaz

    Nawaz has been in brilliant form with both bat and ball and should be one player to keep a close eye on throughout the tournament. The young allrounder recently smashed 187 in a List A game, and was also the leading wicket taker in the recent series between Pakistan A and England Lions, where he took wickets regularly and was hard to score against.

    Lahore Qalandars:

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    Squad: Azhar Ali (c), Chris Gayle, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, Muhammad Rizwan, Ajantha Mendis, Sohaib Maqsood, Kevon Cooper, Cameron Delport, Zafar Gohar, Hammad Azam, Zia ul Haq, Zohaib Khan, Abdur Razzaq, Mukhtar Ahmed, Ehsan Adil, Imran Butt, Naved Yasin, Adnan Rasool

    Strength: Explosive Batsmen

    The likes of Chris Gayle, Umar Akmal and Dwayne Bravo are explosive batsmen and regarded as T20 specialists and have participated in various leagues all around the world. Their experience and hitting ability will be vital for Lahore's success. Cameron Delport also has a good T20 record and could prove to be a good pick for the Qalandars

    Weakness: Pace Bowling

    Much like Quetta, Lahore's weakness also lies in their pace bowling attack. Although they had signed up promising Bangladeshi pacer Mustafziur Rahman, a shoulder injury has ruled him out of the PSL. Zia ul Haq and Ehsan Adil are young Pakistan bowlers with loads of potential but they are quite inexperienced, whereas the likes of Hammad Azam and Abdul Razzaq are not likely to wreck oppositions. Much responsibility will lie on Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper.

    Player to watch out for: Zafar Gohar

    A highly talented left arm spinner, and no mug with the bat, Gohar is definitely one to keep an eye on. Zafar was impressive with both bat and ball in the Under 19 World Cup in 2014, and has also found success at the domestic level since, but the high competition between spinners has meant Zafar has played only one international match. A successful PSL could well help him in cementing his spot in the national side.

    Peshawar Zalmi:

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    Squad: Shahid Afridi (c), Wahab Riaz, Darren Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaun Tait, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Jim Allenby, Aamer Yamin, Dawid Malan, Imran Khan Jr, Shahid Yousuf, Abdur Rehman, Musadiq Ahmed, Hassan Ali, Brad Hodge, Israrullah, Taj Wali, Mohammad Asghar

    Strength: Late Order Firepower

    Peshawar Zalmi have a good balanced squad with talented batsmen and bowlers at their disposal but their strongest point is arguably their late order firepower. The likes of Aamer Yamin, Darren Sammy and Shahid Afridi can wreak serious havoc towards the end of the innings

    Weakness: Mercurial Bowling

    Peshawar Zalmi's bowling has the tendency to blow hot and cold. Junaid Khan hasn't been in the best of form, Imran Khan Jr. has had great success in the domestic circuit but not so much at the international stage while the likes of Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi have the tendency to have very good days or very bad days. If their bowling does come good, Peshawar have a good shot at going all the way.

    Player to watch out for: Dawid Malan
    While the PSL is a good opportunity for young Pakistani players to showcase their talent, talented players from other countries can also prove themselves at this stage. One such player is Dawid Malan. The Englishman has been in sublime form, having scored 253 runs at 50.60 for the England Lions vs Pakistan A in the T20 series and then following that up with
    211 runs at 52.75 in the List A games. Capable of bowling some handy legspin as well, Malan is likely to play an important role in Zalmi's campaign and a successful first few games may see him in contention for England's Wt20 squad. Of the young Pakistani players, Hassan Ali and Mohammad Asghar are worth keeping an eye upon.

    Karachi Kings:

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    Squad: Shoaib Malik, Shakib ul Hasan, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara, Lendl Simmons, Mohammad Amir, Bilawal Bhatti, James Vince, Iftikhar Ahmad, Nauman Anwar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Mir Hamza, Saifullah Bangash,Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shahzaib Hassan, Fawad Alam

    Strength: Allrounders

    The first thing that comes to mind upon seeing the Karachi Kings is the availability of allrounders. Shoaib Malik, Shakib Al Hasan, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara, Bilawal Bhatti and Sohail Tanvir are among the allrounder options in the squad that can win matches with bat or ball.

    Weakness: Lack of Power hitters

    Lahore have Chris Gayle, Quetta have Kevin Pietersen, Peshawar has Darren Sammy and Shahid Afridi, while Islamabad as Andre Russell.

    There is no reputed big hitter of note in the Karachi squad, however, and Karachi will be looking up to Nauman Anwar and James Vince to play a similar role for them

    Player to watch out for: Mohammad Amir

    Having made his comeback to cricket earlier this year, Amir impressed with his performances in the Bangladesh Premier League and earned a recall to the national side. While he did well in the ODIs, ending up as the second highest wicket taker of the series, Amir proved to be expensive in the T20 series. With the WT20 around the corner, the PSL will be a good opportunity for Amir to hone his T20 skills.
    Islamabad United:

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    Squad: Misbah ul Haq (c), Shane Watson, Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Mohammad Irfan, Brad Haddin, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Imran Khalid, Kamran Ghulam, Umar Amin, Sam Billings, Rumman Raees, Amad Butt, Ashar Zaidi, Saeed Ajmal, Asif Ali

    Strength: Balanced side

    The Islamabad side seems the most balanced of the lot. They have an explosive opening pair in Sharjeel and Watson, solid middle order options in Sam Billings, Babar Azam, Umer Amin and Misbah ul Haq and a quality allrounder in Andre Russell. The spin bowling resources seem strong as well with Islamabad having Badree and Kamran Ghulam at their disposal, and while the pace attack of Sami, Irfan, Amad Butt and Rumman Raees is not the strongest by any means, it is still a strong attack likely to pose a threat to opposition sides.

    Weakness: Bench Strength


    While the core of the Islamabad team seems strong enough, the bench players like Asif Ali, Khalid Latif and Imran Khalid seems relatively weak. Saeed Ajmal is also unlikely to be the force he once was, having changed his action and could prove to be expensive if he features for the Islamabad side.

    Player to watch out for: Babar Azam

    Babar has already made a successful start to his international career, having scored 5 fifties in 9 of his ODI innings. Babar's T20 stats are also very impressive. He averages 45.83 across 27 innings with 7 fifties to his name. He will be an important player in the Islamabad United campaign and will be hoping to break into the WT20 squad with good performances in the PSL.
     
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    1. Prince Pathan
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      Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

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      I had a feeling it was Ahson8 who wrote this when I saw Malans name there, another guy who rates the guy like me.

      Very balanced views and rates unlike the crap being dished out on the place which must not be named.

      I disagree about Khi Kings not having a power hitter though, Ifthikar Ahmed is a power hitter when he gets set.
       
    2. chandtara
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      chandtara Mr Cricistan

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      Excellent @Ahson8 really looking forward to this tournament. It's not as big as the other leagues out there at the moment but glad to see that we have finally put this tournament together. Hopefully the start of good things. Big chance for up and coming stars from Pakistan to rub shoulders with international players and gain some vital experience in this format
       
    3. Prince Pathan
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      It has a lot of potential and it is in Dubai where a lot of cricketers will want to go to have some leisure. It already has Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Shane Watson and Kevin Pietersen. The BPL only had Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi of note so even starting off it has so far proven to be far superior than BPL and SPL in attracting some household names.
       
    4. Ahson8
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      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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      Thanks.. Let's see if Iftikhar is able to impress me in the PSL, I don't rate him that highly at this stage :p

      The thing is that other teams have big names like KP, Russell, Gayle, Sammy, Afridi, etc. Karachi doesn't have that kind of renowned power hitter.


      Thanks. Yeah it should be a good tournament iA, and a great experience for the Pakistani youngsters. Hopefully it can improve our cricket.
       
    5. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Don't agree with the analysis of Zalmi. Their bowling is one of the strongest in competition.

      Wahab
      Junaid
      Afridi
      Rehman
      Yamin
      Imran Khan Jnr
      Tait.

      What else you need?
       
    6. Ahson8
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      Their bowling isn't weak, but mercurial. We know these guys can be match winners, but on a bad day they can be expensive as well.

      Also Tait will probably get thrashed.
       
    7. ASLI-PATHAN
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      ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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      Tait will be a handful against Pakistani players who usually struggle against pace.
       
    8. Passionate Pakistani
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      Passionate Pakistani The Don

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      excellent stuff @Ahson8 but as AP said, zalmi bowling is their strongest point. Their weakness is that there is no established batsman in middle order.
       
    9. Choi Saab
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      Good stuff @Ahson8. :clap.

      Actually helps people like me remember who's in which squad and how teams stack up ... Barely followed PSL news tbh.
       
    10. Munna
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      Don't think there was room in Karachi squad for a power hitter when they had picked guys like Simmons, Nauman, Vince, Iftikhar Ahmed and Shakib who can score freely.
       
    11. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      @Ahson8 Qalandar's biggest weakness is their captain. Qalandars will need 180+ totals every game to make up for their bowling and Azhar Ali is gonna make sure that they don't get them.
       
    12. Munna
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      True! Just for the sake of adding him to the team and save face of an ODI captain, they've screwed their team massively. Should have given that duty to Gayle or Umar Akmal... at worst should have picked Razzaq in main squad and make him captain.
       
    13. Ahson8
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      Yes I did think of adding a line on that, but forgot to. Azhar is a very good Test and decent ODI player, but fitting him into a T20 side will be a challenge. Probably best for him to come lower down the order, try and avoid batting and bowl a couple of overs of legspin, but it's probably not going to happen.
       
    14. Fireworks11
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      Nice write up. I agree with MG that Azhar himself is lahores biggest weakness

      Having looked at squads I think Islamabad have the best squad overall
       
    15. Passionate Pakistani
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      Passionate Pakistani The Don

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      Azhar is a decent odi captain? Lol. He is worst than mathews.. probably the worst among all teams.
       
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      Don Quixote Whispering Death

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      I would disagree on Islamabad's review... Their fast bowling is weak... You can't rely on Sami and Irfan... They will leak a lot of runs for sure... But they have a good spinner in Badree...
       
    17. Patriot
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      Patriot Kaptaan

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      spot on, also there batting isn't that great
       
    18. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      Rumman Raees is good in T20's
       
    19. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      Rumman Raees is good in T20's
       
    20. Red Devil
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      Wese what's his pace like?
       
    21. Ahson8
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      Not captain, player. His captaincy is definitely abysmal.
       
    22. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      130-135kph
       
    23. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      130-135kph
       
    24. Patriot
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      Very nice review of teams @Ahson8

      @Red Devil our has no weaknesses mA bus kabhi guroor nahi kiya :fawad
       
    25. maddgenius
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      Kia yeh khulla tazaad nai?
       
    26. Patriot
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      likes chahiye hai bhai ko :afaq
       
    27. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Great write-up to kick-start PSL on cricistan. During the long weekend off we have, Ill also try to come up with a piece of writing @SwingNSeam @Ahson8 but i have saturday on and have to attend an event on Sunday so article will have to come today!
       
    28. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Squad: Shoaib Malik, Shakib ul Hasan, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara, Lendl Simmons, Mohammad Amir, Bilawal Bhatti, James Vince, Iftikhar Ahmad, Nauman Anwar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Mir Hamza, Saifullah Bangash,Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shahzaib Hassan, Fawad Alam.

      Likely playing 11:
      1. Shahzaib Hassan
      2. Dilshan
      3. Nauman Anwar
      4. Shoaib Malik
      5. Fawad Alam
      6. Bopara
      7. Mushfiq Ur Rahim
      8. Sohail Tanveer/ Bilawal Bhatti
      9. Mir Hamza
      10. Usama Mir
      11. Sohail Khan
       
    29. Ahson8
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      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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      Shahzaib is supplementary & Dilshan will join later because of India vs SL

      Lendl Simmons
      Nauman Anwar
      James Vince
      Shoaib Malik
      Shakib Al Hasan
      Mushfiqur Rahim
      Imad Wasim
      Bhatti / Tanvir / Sohail Khan
      Mohammad Amir
      Usama Mir
      Mir Hamza
       
    30. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Shahzad.Firdous Cornered Tiger

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      oh forgot Amir is there!@ he is first choice whenever available!
       
    31. Shahzad.Firdous
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      Shahzad.Firdous Cornered Tiger

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      Two left armers to open the bowling - Amir and Mir Hamza and Sohail Khan to follow with Usama Mir the legspinner in the middle phase and with allrounders Malik, Bopara and Fawad Alam chipping in with overs of 5th-6th bowler!
       
    32. Shahzad.Firdous
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      maybe use Sohail Khan up front to share the new ball with Amir and two Mirs as changeup
       

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