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    Duminy, Russell to visit Pakistan if Islamabad reach PSL3 finals

    Islamabad United head coach Dean Jones has stated that all their selected players, including the foreign players, would visit Pakistan if the team makes it into the finals of the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

    “All foreign players have shown their willingness to tour Pakistan in the PSL drafting,” said Jones, during the Islamabad United press conference.

    The United picked up foreign players including South African all rounder JP Duminy, leg spinner Imran Tahir, followed by West Indian superstar Andre Russell, who at the moment is serving a ban, hard hitting batsmen Luke Ronchi and Sam Billing from New Zealand and England, respectively, to form a formidable squad.


    Jones further said that the Sri Lankan team’s tour to Pakistan, World XI’s tour and PSL final are steps towards revival of international cricket in Pakistan.

    The former Australian batsman went on to praise Saeed Ajmal, who has announced on Monday his retirement from all forms of cricket.

    https://www.brecorder.com/2017/11/1...isit-pakistan-if-islamabad-reach-psl3-finals/
     
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    Islamabad United coach Dean Jones wants better pitches to get the best out of players

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    Dean Jones, the former Australian cricketer and the coach of PSL team Islamabad United, has called for better pitches in the Pakistan Super League to allow players to express themselves better in the next edition.

    Responding to questions by geo.tv, the Islamabad United coach said that he was satisfied with the squad following the PSL3 players’ draft.

    “Well we planned well and we got what we planned for, so obviously we are happy with our choices,” said Dean Jones, who is also called 'The Ustaad' by the franchise Islamabad United.

    While praising the standard of PSL as compared to the other leagues around the world, the former Australian cricketer hoped for better pitches which can allow players to give their best during the competition.

    “To get the best out of all the overseas players, we need to have good pitches! Not low and slow as we have had in a few matches in previous two PSLs,” he said.

    The 56-year-old veteran of 52 Tests and 164 ODIs lauded PSL’s contribution to the growth of Pakistan cricket and said that the idea to include emerging players in the playing XI has proved to be a great one and has helped new talent emerge.

    The former Australian player also mentioned how the league brought Shadab Khan to the limelight saying that he was proud to see Islamabad United players representing Pakistan.

    “Well it’s definitely fast-tracked them for Pakistan,” he said when asked how PSL has helped young Shadab Khan grow us a player.

    “The idea of the fact that teams have to play an emerging player has been a great one! We take a lot of pride when our boys represent their country,” he added.

    He highlighted the contributions of overseas staff working with different teams, saying that overseas staff and players making the Pakistani players understand that they must get fitter and they must improve their fielding

    He emphasised the need to improve fielding standards of Pakistan players.

    “This is non-negotiable,” he said.

    Responding to a question about naming Rumman Raees as vice-captain of Islamabad United, the former Australian batsman commended the character and the leadership qualities of 26-year-old fast-bowler.

    “Sadly for Misbah, he cannot play forever and we like what Rumman does for our side,” he said.

    “He is a strong, stable and reliable person. He's got a terrific temperament and that’s what I like in leaders and captains,” the Islamabad United coach mentioned.

    Dean also expressed his disappointment at losing opening batsman Sharjeel Khan following the spot-fixing scandal which led to his suspension from cricket.

    The Islamabad United coach agreed that his team will miss Sharjeel.

    “We will miss Sharjeel for sure! Pakistan will miss him for sure!! There's not much else I can say about that,” he said.

    He, however, added that there’s need to make an example to eradicate the cancer of fixing from sports.

    “We have just got to be vigilant. But it’s a cancer in all sports! We need to make examples out of match-fixers with massive penalties, players have been told and educated enough,” he concluded.

    Islamabad United won the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League in UAE, but couldn’t do well and finished 4th in the second season in 2017.

    The team is now determined to make a strong comeback in the third edition of PSL in 2018.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/167638-is...better-pitches-to-get-the-best-out-of-players
     
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    Dean Jones calls Shadab Khan 'special talent', encourages him as batsman

    ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Dean Jones has praised leg-spinner Shadab Khan as ‘special talent’ and encouraged the management to give him proper opportunity as a batsman.

    Talking to media on Monday, the head coach of Islamabad United told that Shadab should be given chance in batting to showcase his skill. “Shadab should bat at number 6,” he opined, recalling his half-century against Sri Lanka.

    He said that foreign coaches and Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches have brought good for the local cricketers. Jones said that the PCB appointed new coaches and selectors while PSL also played a big role in improvement of Pakistani cricket.

    Dean Jones admitted that green shirts’ cricket suffered loss after Australia didn’t tour Pakistan after 1998. Several teams will tour Pakistan soon, he hoped.

    Islamabad United had won the first edition of PSL under the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq and coach Jones. It has retained several star players in the team including Andre Russell, Samuel Badree and Sam Billings. The team has appointed left-arm pacer Rumman Raees as vice captain.

    http://dunyanews.tv/en/Cricket/4174...-Khan-special-talented-encourages-his-batting
     
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    Video - https://www.samaa.tv/sports/2017/12/misbah-elated-at-islamabad-united-samaa-partnership/

    ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan cricket captain and incumbent Islamabad United skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on Friday expressed his happiness over SAMAA's partnership with the PSL franchise.

    Speaking to SAMAA TV, Misbah said that Islamabad United would benefit with this partnership. He said that SAMAA TV was working for the betterment of cricket in Pakistan.
     
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    Andre Russell hopeful for Islamabad United to win PSL3

    ISLAMABAD (APP) – Islamabad United, the winners of the inaugural edition of the PSL in 2016, is looking to regain the title once again in 2018 and return of West Indian cricketer Andre Russell to their ranks has boosted the morale of the former champions.

    In a video message to the fans of PSL and Islamabad United, the 29-year-old cricketer from Jamaica, Russell said that he can’t wait to make Islamabad win the title once again.

    “See you guys soon in the upcoming PSL, and I can’t wait for us to regain our title,” he said in the video message sent to a private news channel.

    Russell was the leading wicket-taker in the inaugural edition of PSL in 2016 and took 16 wickets at an average of 17.25. He missed the second edition in 2017 due to a doping ban.

    He’s now looking forward to a better and successful 2018.

    “I hope that 2018 can be way better than 2017,” he said.

    The third edition of PSL starts on February 22 with defending champions Peshawar Zalmi taking on the new entrants Multan Sultans in the opening game.

    With the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) around the corner, all the players – foreigners and locals – are gearing up for the action-packed T20 encounters in UAE, Lahore and Karachi.

    The hype ahead of the competition is already being observed as the participating teams have launched activities in the buildup to the tournament.

    http://dunyanews.tv/en/Cricket/422301-Andre-Russell-hopeful-for-Islamabad-United-to-win-PSL3
     
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    Islamabad United launches merchandise

    KARACHI: The Islamabad United has officially launched its merchandise ahead of the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).The merchandise, which includes a jersey, hoodie, cap and jackets, are available at Islamabad United’s official website, Facebook and WhatsApp.

    SAMAA has joined hands with Islamabad United for third PSL edition starting next year

    https://www.samaa.tv/sports/2018/01/islamabad-united-launches-merchandise/
     
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    Islamabad United Announces Haleeb Foods As Partners

    Islamabad United, the winners of the inaugural HBL PSL, is proud to announce its partnership with Haleeb Foods. Haleeb Foods is a leading Foods and Beverage Company, with a primary focus on nutrition, health and the well being of its consumers.

    Haleeb Foods are pioneers in the dairy sector in Pakistan and have contributed substantially to the continuous growth of the sector. Under the Partnership, Islamabad United and Haleeb Foods have some exciting initiative and campaigns planned, with a strong focus on leveraging the digital marketing space.

    Fans of ISLU and the PSL will see some exciting and innovative content coming their way. Regarding this partnership, Memosh Khawaja CEO Haleeb Foods Ltd. stated “It’s a pleasure for Haleeb Foods to partner with Islamabad United which not only offers a great corporate personality fit but also shares our vision for a better Pakistan.

    Haleeb foods is a pioneer of the dairy industry and aims to be one of the most aspirational dairy and beverage Pakistani companies.


    Through this partnership we will be able to speak to cricket loving Pakistanis with our new nutritious and delicious brand FLAVA.

    We wish Islamabad United all the best for the tournament ahead.” Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi added, "We are delighted to partner with one of Pakistan's leading organizations. Not only does Haleeb Foods share our philosophy of bringing international standards and practices to Pakistan, but their work in driving sustainable business practices for a better tomorrow is something that we have in common.

    Both our organizations have similar viewpoints towards the supremacy of quality, making Haleeb Foods ideal partners for us at Islamabad United." Islamabad United is one of the five franchise teams in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and is the winner of the first season of the PSL.

    The franchise believes in brining change to Pakistani sports with the introduction of international standards of practice and a commitment to continuous progress. Leonine Global Sports(LGS) is the proud owner of Islamabad United, the FIRST CHAMPIONS of the Pakistan Super League.

    Part of the Leonine Global group, Leonine Global Sports is focussed on enabling sports and creating franchises with a mission to provide: 1) A truly global experience on sports entertainment; 2) A fan base which is loyal, aware and supportive of the sport and the franchise; 3) An aspirational beacon for up and coming players to strive for excellence in cricket for Pakistan in particular and for the world at large; 4)An eco-system for the promotion of sports through close partnerships with the respective sports boards; 5)A truly professionally-run organization with exceptional standards of corporate governance and international best practices; 6) Promotion of Pakistan through sports and involvement of internationally known figures into Pakistan; 7) A responsible member on CSR.

    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/sports/islamabad-united-announces-haleeb-foods-as-pa-251966.html
     
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    The Express Tribune joins hands with Islamabad United

    KARACHI: The Express Tribune and Daily Express have partnered up with Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United for the third edition of the league.

    Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi, speaking at the contract signing ceremony, expressed his happiness at the partnership. “We are delighted to have joined hands with such an esteemed media organisation,” he said.

    “The PSL is a global brand from Pakistan and as such it is our duty to ensure that it continues to thrive and flourish,” he elaborated.

    Express CEO Ijazul Haq, meanwhile, said the partnership will not only benefit both parties but also sport in general.

    “Express has always lead the way in revolutionizing and bringing new initiatives in its sports coverage,” he said.

    “This partnership allows us to do just that, while also providing our readership with quality and enjoyable content. We see great potential in this partnership, with two leading entities of sports and media worlds joining hands.”

    Islamabad United won the inaugural edition of the PSL, defeating finalists Quetta Gladiators by six wickets under the captaincy of legendary Pakistan skipper Misbahul Haq.

    The team is also credited with unearthing and refining some of the finest young talent available to Pakistan, with the likes of leg-spin sensation Shadab Khan and left-arm pacer Rumman Raees being at the forefront of that list.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1618729/7-express-tribune-joins-hands-islamabad-united/
     
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    Islamabad owner backs team to bounce back in PSL3

    KARACHI: Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi is confident his side will impress in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), saying that they are much stronger now than what they were during a disappointing second campaign.

    “Every team will suffer if they are shorn of their four first-team players,” he said, while talking to The Express Tribune. “We were without two important batsmen, one frontline pacer and one of the world’s best all-rounders in Andre Russell so it was understandable that we were devoid of any sort of balance. Due to the situation we found ourselves in, we had to shore up our batting by playing foreign batsmen. That meant a bowler like Samuel Badree could not be played.”

    This time around, though, Naqvi promises things will be different. “This time around, our team is much more balanced,” he said. “Andre is going to be back. Plus our openers, our middle-order and our all-rounders are some of the best around and our bowling, which was already good, has gotten better. This is a very competitive league but we have a very well-knit and balanced group and our coaches are very passionate so we will do well.”

    Swapping Wasim for Waqar

    Islamabad lost their coach Wasim Akram to Multan Sultans but promptly replaced the left-armer with fellow Sultan of Swing Waqar Younis, and Naqvi believes the acquisition of Waqar heralds exciting times.

    “The two W’s are both greats. With Wasim we had a great time but it’s natural that players and coaches swap teams, especially as the league expands. Waqar is incredibly passionate and serious about grooming young coaches so hopefully we will be able to use that to our advantage.”

    Focus on youth

    Naqvi also revealed that the team feels a certain sense of responsibility towards Pakistan’s young leg-spin sensation Shadab Khan.

    “We feel very proud of Shadab and also feel responsible for him,” he said. “He has done really well and his rise has been remarkable but let’s not forget that he is only 19. We need to make sure he can realise his potential in the long run. He can serve the country for the next two decades.”

    Shadab, though, isn’t the only youngster in the Islamabad roster and Naqvi says they concentrate on youngsters. “The franchises need to groom the players that we can, especially the likes of Shadab and (Peshawar Zalmi pacer) Hasan Ali. We are also very excited about Rumman Raees and Hussain Talat. We also have in line the likes of Sahabzada Farhan and Rohail Nazir, who will hopefully become more relevant in PSL4 or 5.”

    Naqvi also threw his weight behind the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to manage every player’s workload but called for balance. “There are two drivers here; one is that the players become financially secure because before the PSL, financial security outside of the top 30 players was not very good,” he said. “The second is that you have to ensure that the players do not suffer from mental and physical fatigue. I agree that there should be some sort of balance between the two extremes so that both parties are happy.”

    Spot-fixing scandal

    Islamabad’s defence of their inaugural PSL title went up in tatters after three of their players — Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif and Muhammad Irfan — were all suspended for their role in the spot-fixing scandal that shook the second edition.

    Naqvi praised the remaining players for the way they responded to that situation. “When you are playing for a franchise then it is very easy to lose focus,” he said. “You’re not playing for a cause or for your national team here, you’re playing for money only so it’s easy for the team to become divided. However, that didn’t happen with us. The players remained together and are still incredibly closely knit. We fought till the last match. In fact, I’d say our performances exceeded expectations.”

    Naqvi also hailed skipper Misbahul Haq for his role in ensuring the team stayed together. “How your leader reacts to adversity has a huge impact on the team,” he said. “Everyone looks up to Misbah and the young kids went into shock when they were first told about it. The way Misbah, Dean Jones and Wasim Akram acted helped the team a lot. Misbah was superb both on and off the pitch and has helped us a lot.”

    ‘PSL’s return to Pakistan only a matter of time’

    The Islamabad United owner expressed his delight at this year’s final being held in Karachi. “Karachi is a very proud city with a long cricketing history and it’s great that the final is taking place there this time around,” he said. “Hopefully, in the upcoming few seasons, we can have the PSL in several cities of the country.”

    Naqvi also urged the board to take a bigger leap of faith next time around. “Next year, we should have 10 matches in Pakistan,” he said. “We need to go from three to 10 to 20 to 30. If we go 3-5-8-10 then it will take us an entire decade to completely bring the PSL to Pakistan. The growth should be exponential.”

    The business tycoon admitted that not all players will agree to coming to Pakistan but felt that the league can continue without them. “Those who want to come should come and those who don’t want to come can be replaced,” he said. “The league is now established enough to survive this. Confidence will grow slowly. Now, with the arrival of the World XI and the Sri Lanka team, more players will be willing to come to Pakistan.”

    Naqvi also revealed that they will be trying to convince Islamabad United players to come to Pakistan. “This time around during the draft, all players had a column in which it said whether they were willing to come to Pakistan or not,” he said. “So the franchises already had an idea which players will come to Pakistan. Then during the six weeks in the UAE, we will work on them too. Dean Jones came to Pakistan and played cricket in the Badshahi Mosque without any security. Our players will see that and realise that the situation isn’t as bad as it is made out to be.”

    Islamabad’s welcome selection headache

    Naqvi said the wealth of talent present in Islamabad’s squad means they will find it difficult to select a playing XI.

    “We have several players for several positions,” he said. “We have some very good youngsters as well and I won’t swap any of my players.”

    However, he did admit that he has a favourite player from each team. “[Quetta Gladiator batsman] Kevin Pietersen is a phenomenal player; when he is hitting the ball, his hits are unbelievable,” he said, a hint of a smile crossing his face as he reminisced about the Englishman’s assault against Peshawar Zalmi. “From Lahore Qalandars I think Yasir Shah is incredibly talented. I love his style. From Karachi, Muhammad Amir is great. I hope he will regain his old flamboyance back as it seems that he has lot a bit of that ever since he has returned. In Peshawar, I love Sammy’s character but Hasan Ali is great for cricket; he is not only talented but he also has a great personality and you need such players to popularise the game. From Multan, I would pick our old boy Irfan since I really like him.”

    Praise for the PSL

    While the PCB has received criticism from several quarters over the PSL, Naqvi had nothing but praise for the board.

    “For most people this is a case of the glass being half empty or half full, but had it not been for the PCB then the glass would not have existed in the first place,” he said, before taking a slight break to shift on his seat. “The first PSL was organised with missionary zeal. Everyone was involved; the media, the PCB, the franchises, the players, the fans. It was as if the entire nation had a point to prove.”

    He added that there are a few things that the PCB needs to do or continue doing if the PSL is to thrive and improve.

    “First and foremost they need to continue ensuring that no illegal elements creep into the league,” said Naqvi. “They did so very well in the second edition, much to the detriment of our team, and they need to continue doing that. There cannot be any compromise on that. It needs to continue being zero tolerance.”

    Naqvi further urged the PCB to focus on broadcasting rights. “The centralised revenue pool needs to be sold in the most effective way,” he said. “If the PCB has to work on one thing then it is to ensure that media rights are sold properly. That is vital for the sustainability of the league. Everything is economics and if the league needs to continue generating money if it is to remain successful. These two are the most important things; minor issues and teething problems will keep popping up but as long as the board handles reputational and financial risks properly, the league will hopefully continue to be a success.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1625646/7-islamabad-owner-backs-team-bounce-back-psl3/
     
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    Sharjeel, Latif's loss no big deal for Islamabad United: Ajmal

    Spin legend Saeed Ajmal on Wednesday dismissed the notion that the absence of banned cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif would be greatly felt by Islamabad United in the 2018 Pakistan Super League.

    Sharjeel was one of the stars of the tournament's inaugural edition in 2016, which Islamabad United won, while Latif was his teammate — both at the franchise and international levels.

    The duo was handed multiple-year bans by a Pakistan Cricket Board-appointed tribunal last year after being found guilty in a spot-fixing scandal that rocked the nation in the first week of the 2017 tournament.

    A genuine contender for the title, Islamabad never truly recovered from losing two of its most important batsmen so early in the tournament and surrendered the title they had won the previous year.

    While that may have been then, Ajmal, who is the Islamabad-based franchise's spin bowling coach, says his side has since moved on.

    "The absence of Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif will absolutely not be felt," Ajmal told newsmen at a franchise event on Wednesday.

    He, however, refrained from discussing the matter any further, saying: "I don't want to talk about what they did."

    Ajmal appeared to back United for the PSL 2018 title, reminding the fans that despite the crisis it endured "Islamabad United is the winner of one edition and was a semi-finalist in the other."

    One of the world's premier spin bowlers in his heyday, Ajmal has moved into coaching since retiring from cricket last year. He says his new target is to excel in his post-retirement career.

    "My performance as a cricketer is in front of everyone," he said. "Now I want to make a name for myself in coaching."

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1387960
     
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    Ammad Butt... good to see someone having a lean body in Pak cricket

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    Hope entire PSL is played in Pakistan next year: Ajmal

    KARACHI: Legendary off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said he hopes the entire Pakistan Super League (PSL) takes place in Pakistan from next year.

    The third edition of the country’s cash-rich T20 league will begin from February 22 in the UAE, whereas the final will be played on March 25 at the National Stadium of Karachi. The first two editions of the league was also organised in the UAE.

    It is the first time that more than a single match of the league is scheduled to be played in Pakistan, with last year’s final being the first match to make it back home.




    Ajmal — who represented Pakistan in 35 Tests, 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is — is currently associated with PSL franchise Islamabad United as a spin-bowling coach and believes hosting the tournament in Pakistan will greatly benefit all stakeholders.

    “I want the whole of the PSL to be organised in Pakistan since it can be really beneficial for the country and the sport,” said Ajmal, while talking to The Express Tribune. “The crowds will finally get to see their stars playing in front of them, the sponsors will get increased exposure and hosting a successful PSL at home will help completely revive international cricket in the country. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved and I really hope we have the whole of PSL in Pakistan from next year.”

    ‘Islamabad more balanced this time around’

    Ajmal has warned Islamabad’s PSL rivals that the winners of the first edition are even stronger this time around since they boast a much more balanced side.

    “We have signed a few good players and our focus was on recruiting quality all-rounders,” he said. “Andre Russell’s return will surely boost us, while the likes of Alex Hales, JP Duminy and Luke Ronchi can play an important role as well. Nothing is certain in cricket but our team looks very good on paper.”

    Ajmal the coach

    The United job is Ajmal’s first in coaching and he believes he can help the youngsters improve a lot. “I will try to help youngsters with all the experience that I have,” said Ajmal, who will also be working closely with spin sensation Shadab Khan. “Our players, especially the spinners, have enough quality and experience to perform and deliver, but I will try to add a few more tricks to their armory.”

    However, Ajmal was non-committal about his chances of becoming a full-time coach in the future. “This is my first assignment as a coach and I am really looking forward to it,” he said. “I don’t know right now if the field of coaching is the right one for me but I am going to give it my best. If I feel like this is the right line of work for me, then I will take up some coaching courses as well. In cricket, you must always learn new things and that is just as vital for a coach as it is for a player.”

    ‘Waqar able replacement for Wasim’

    United head into the tournament shorn of mentor Wasim Akram, who has joined the Multan Sultan dugout, but Ajmal is not too worried about Wasim’s departure, stating that the incoming Waqar Younis can do just as good a job.

    “We will of course miss Wasim but he is replaced by Waqar, who was also a legendary pacer and has a great coaching resume. His being part of the United setup is sure to help the pacers.”

    Need to groom leaders

    43-year-old United captain Misbahul Haq is the oldest skipper in the PSL and Ajmal knows it will soon be time for the right-handed batsman to call time on an incredible career. It is therefore vital, he argues, that young players are groomed to be leaders in the future.

    “I don’t think there is any local player in the current squad right now who can replace Misbah,” he said. “[Fast-bowler] Rumman Raees has been named the vice-captain and hopefully he can turn into a real leader in the future. We should also be looking to groom several youngsters since this will help Pakistan cricket because every team needs several leaders out there on the pitch. The PSL can be used by the franchises to experiment.”

    Going out with no regrets

    Ajmal, who recently retired from the game, said he has no regrets about his playing career and thanked his fans for supporting him throughout.

    “I am thankful for all the success I have had in my career, and I am extremely pleased with my achievements,” said the former world number one bowler. “I don’t think any player has achieved as much success in as short a time as I did, so I don’t have any regret nor do I have any hard feelings against anyone. I want to once again thank my friends, family and fans for all the support they gave me throughout my career. And now my only focus is the spin-coaching job with United.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1632304/7-hope-entire-psl-played-pakistan-next-year-ajmal/
     
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    Karachi buoy...

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    Proper 6 pack,not the baby ones the Indian cricketers have.
     
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    What does it have to do with Indian cricketers?
     
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    Samit Patel To Join Islamabad United

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    England all-rounder Samit Patel will join Islamabad United for HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 being played later this month in UAE and Pakistan

    LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Feb, 2018 ):England all-rounder Samit Patel will join Islamabad United for HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 being played later this month in UAE and Pakistan.


    A spokesman of Pakistan Cricket Board while talking to APP here on Tuesday said, Patel comes in as a replacement for Sri Lankan all-rounder Asela Gunaratne who will miss the season due to a national team training camp.

    Patel brings a wealth of experience to the United squad with 214 T20 games, 4,174 career runs and 178 wickets, he said. "England fast bowler David Willey had to pull out due to a pre-season county tour. Willey's compatriot Steve Finn, who was earlier drafted as a partial replacement for Willey, will now be available for the full tournament", he informed.

    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/sports/psl-player-update-samit-patel-to-join-islama-259974.html
     
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    All the good work done at the draft...now being undone
     
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    wasn't Samit Patel part of PSL in the first season too but didn't get a chance to play?

    Anyway its still a good signing considering he's still a beast in that England t20 tourneys
     
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    Misbah keen to produce good results in PSL-3

    ISLAMABAD:- Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq Thursday said he was fully focused on the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL) and was hopeful to achieve good results. Talking to media persons at Pindi Stadium Rawalpindi, United captain Misbah said all teams and young players were taking part in the PSL-3 with full preparation. "I hope more young players will come to fore in this PSL edition," he said. Islamabad United coach Waqar Younis, said PSL matches should also be held in Rawalpindi. "The people of Rawalpindi can witness their cricket stars in the exhibition match today," he said.–Staff Reporter

    https://nation.com.pk/16-Feb-2018/misbah-keen-to-produce-good-results-in-psl-3
     
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    Fixed-up Islamabad United seek a fresh start

    Islamabad United have seen it all. From becoming the champions of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) to the realisation they have rouge elements within their ranks in the second edition, United have been on both the ends of the emotional spectrum.

    In the wake of the infamous spot-fixing scandal that saw Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, and Khalid Latif being banned from the game, United were frequently in the news, albeit for unwanted reasons.

    The controversy affected the franchise’s title defence as their win percentage fell by almost 20% last season from the first season’s 64.

    Fun fact: Last season, United lost both of their group matches to the Lahore Qalandars — a side that finished last and won just thrice in eight attempts. Their win combined percentage against the Karachi Kings and the Qalandars — two of the poorest performing sides — is just 50. However, their combined win percentage against two-time finalists Quetta Gladiators and reigning champions Peshawar Zalmi is 60.

    All the bad press, however, was balanced out by the extraordinary performances by United players Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees for Pakistan, especially during the national team's glorious Champions Trophy triumph in June last year.

    This indicates that the capital city side are slightly prone to taking their foot off the gas against easy opposition but could also elevate their game when the going gets tough.

    United — one of the only two franchises to have retained the same captain (Misbah-ul-Haq) since the start of the PSL (the other being the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators) — appointed left-arm medium-pacer Raees as their vice-captain for this season.

    Having lost their director of cricket, Wasim Akram, to the Multan Sultans, United swiftly moved to replace one W with another, bringing in his former strike partner Waqar Younis for the role.

    Meanwhile, Spin maestro Saeed Ajmal, who played two seasons for United before retiring from all forms of cricket in November last year, has been appointed as the spin bowling coach.

    Australia's Dean Jones reprises the head coaching position.

    Player availability update
    United made several tweaks to their line-up during the player replacement draft.

    They signed England all-rounder Samit Patel as a replacement for Sri Lanka's Asela Gunaratne, who was supposed to cover for JP Duminy.

    West Indian wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton will provide cover for Sam Billings, who has scored 167 runs in nine innings for United at a strike rate of 130.

    Lanky English pacer Steven Finn, who was a part of the United squad last year but did not get to play, will be available for the whole season this time around. He was roped in as replacement for compatriot David Willey.

    This season will also see Andre Russell return to action after serving a year-long ban for violating the whereabouts clause of the World Anti-Doping Agency code.

    The West Indian was instrumental with the ball during United’s successful PSL campaign two years ago, picking up 16 wickets at an average of just 17, in 10 matches.

    Strengths
    United had to rebuild their entire top-order after they lost Sharjeel and Khalid to five-year bans, and most would agree that the team managers did a brilliant job.

    They have struck the right combination — a good mixture of experienced international players with young domestic talent — in every facet of the game.

    Their opening options include Luke Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan, both of whom have been in top form in limited-overs cricket, with Alex Hales available on the bench as a supplementary player.

    Ronchi, the former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman, has averaged 31.51, almost eight runs more than his career average, in T20s in 2017.

    Charsadda-born Farhan has continued to grow as a batsman since he was picked up by United in the player draft. The 21-year-old piled up 454 runs at an average of 57 for Peshawar in a recent domestic one-day tournament. Four of the scores in his eight innings were 50-plus, one of them in triple digits.

    Their middle order has the raw talent of Hussain Talat, Amad Butt and Iftikhar Ahmed, while veterans Misbah-ul-Haq and JP Duminy will be expected to play the anchoring role.

    Raees, Amad Butt, and Fahim Ashraf have the experienced Mohammad Sami as a senior in the pace department. Shadab Khan and Zafar Gohar have the Calypsos' Samuel Badree as a guiding light.

    Weaknesses
    It's pretty clear the franchises have learned a great deal from the previous two editions. Each roster looks very carefully built and interspersed with world class talent, which has made it difficult for general observers and even experts to hunt for flaws.

    On paper, United's squad looks pretty strong. With no major weak areas on their roster, one has to say that their managers did a stellar job during the draft and recruitment process.

    But once the season starts, United will have a reputation to salvage that was sullied by the spot-fixing scandal last year. They will also have to give their 43-year-old captain a memorable parting gift – that is if he decides to hang his gloves.

    Player to watch: Faheem Ashraf
    Faheem Ashraf made headlines when he scored a swashbuckling 30-ball 64 in a Champions Trophy warm-up match and took Pakistan over the line in their pursuit of Bangladesh’s 342.

    However, he, later admitted that he considers himself a bowling all-rounder. He proved himself right two weeks later during his international debut against Sri Lanka. In what was essentially a Champions Trophy quarter-final, Ashraf made a decent impression with the ball, returning two for 37 in 6.2 overs.

    This will be the 24-year-old’s first PSL and so he will likely be under the scanner. Ashraf may not have a five-wicket haul or a 50 to his name in the shorter format but don't be surprised if that changes within a month.

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    Islamabad United lose player to injury a week before PSL starts

    ISLAMABAD: A week before their opening match of the 2018 Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United have been dealt an injury setback as Mohammad Hasnain, the Under-19 fast bowler and an emerging talent, has picked up an unspecified knock. The player has been ruled out of the tournament, which means his injury could be of a serious nature. Hasnain, 17, was picked by United on the basis of his impressive showings for the Under-19 national team. It was hoped that the PSL platform would provide Hasnain an opportunity to prove his mettle in the big leagues and perhaps, follow in the footsteps of Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman. However, it seems the youngster will have to wait a little longer before he can prove himself. United, the champions of the PSL’s first tournament in 2016, will kick off their bid to reclaim the title on February 24 with a match against reigning champions Peshawar Zalmi.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/204031/islamabad-united-lose-player-injury-week-psl-starts/
     
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    one mission for Islamabad this season - Make sure Karachi and Quetta don't qualify for playoffs
     
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    Looking forward to seeing Misbah again lol.

    Also hoping Shadab has a good tournament. Especially with the bat. I'm not convinced yet whether he can play a quick innings. Have see him play steady ones but not a quick one yet
     

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