PSL Team Preview: Peshawar Zalmi

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Prince Pathan, Jan 21, 2017.

PSL Team Preview: Peshawar Zalmi

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Prince Pathan, Jan 21, 2017.

by Prince Pathan
Jan 21, 2017 at 12:36 AM
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    Peshawar Zalmi


    Were touted as one of the favourites to lift the gold for the inaugural edition of the PSL but after a very dominant group stage display they were undone by nerves against an equally impressive Gladiators and the sheer individual brilliance of Sharjeel Khan.

    It is a new year and with it brings a new captain, one of the most successful T20 captains in the game, a man who has orchestrated two world cup victories for his nation, that man is none other than Darren Sammy.

    Squad:

    All Rounders: Shahid Afridi (Spin), Darren Sammy (Medium Pace) (c), Iftikhar Ahmed (Spin), Shakib ul Hasan (Spin), Mohammad Hafeez (Spin)

    Batsmen: Eoin Morgan, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Shahzad, Khushdil Shah, Alex Hales, Tamim Iqbal, Kamran Akmal

    Pace/Medium Pace: Wahab Riaz, Chris Jordan, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan Jr, Hasan Ali

    Spinners: Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Irfan Khan


    Strengths: T20 specialists, Hard Hitting Batsmen, All Round Variety, Bowling Variety

    The Zalmi team are more balanced than they were last year, they boast an array of world class allrounders and T20 specialists. Mohammad Hafeez, Shakib ul Hasan, Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy are all household names when it comes to both bat and ball and need no introduction. When it comes to power hitting the Zalmi team again excels with players like Mohammad Shahzad, the explosive opener from Afghanistan, Eoin Morgan the innovative middle order batsman from Ireland and Tamim Iqbal the best player to come out of Bangladesh leading the charge at the top. In terms of young Pakistani talent, they showcase the steady and reliable Haris Sohail the future of the Pakistani middle order, the unpredictable Sohaib Maqsood who is looking to make a comeback into the national fold, Muhammad Asghar the talented spinner from Chaman, Hasan Ali the fiery new pacer on the block along with the two new players from the tribal areas, the hard hitting T20 specialist Khushdil Shah and the spinner who impressed everybody with a lot of variety, Mohammad Irfan Khan. Finally, to top off the set, Peshawar Zalmi boast the express yet extremely inconsistent Wahab Riaz, the re-emerging Junaid Khan, the man with 6 different slower balls Imran Khan Jnr and the death over specialist Chris Jordan.


    Weakness: (Selection Dilemma?)

    The only thing that springs to mind is selection headache, there is no glaring weakness in this team, as the all-rounders are equally good with the ball & bat which gives plenty of room for specialist batsmen to be selected and play their natural game without fear of a long tail.


    Key Players: Shahid Afridi/Darren Sammy

    He has fans and detractors alike but one must agree with the fact that Peshawar Zalmi as a brand are popular because of this man. He can change a game around single handed whether positively or negatively. From giving hope to an entire region to breaking their TV screens in disgust. For as long as he plays in the PSL he will be the most integral member of this Zalmi team and this could be his defining year in the PSL without any captaincy responsibilities which will surely allow that inner superstar to emerge once again. It most definitely will not be a surprise if a losing cause is turned into a winning cause by this man in the month that hastily approaches.


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    Shahid Afridi will have an important part to play for Peshawar Zalmi with both bat and ball

    There will be a lot of expectations from Darren Sammy after he was put in charge of the Peshawar Zalmi team. He does not require any introductions; his trophy cabinet is glistened with two world cup trophies in an era where cricket has begun to die in the Caribbean. He is a leader of men and can get the best out of his team which is what everyone involved with Zalmi will be hoping for. His cricketing prowess is not so bad either.

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    Darren Sammy will be looking to replicate his winning WT20 formula at the PSL


    Player to watch out for: Mohammad Shahzad Mohammadi

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    Mohammad Shahzad was in good form in the BPL and the recently concluded Desert T20

    He is no longer a man who tortures minnow teams but he has proven to be highly capable of bullying the bowlers of a cricketing giant like South Africa too. The explosive opening batsmen from Afghanistan truly enjoys clearing the ropes and is a dream opener to have for any T20 team.

    In the UAE, He averages 41 in T20i with a S/R of 137 and a highest score of 118 which came about in the one man demolition job of Zimbabwe. Not only that but it tends to rain boundaries in UAE whenever this man takes the pitch. His firepower can be assessed by the fact that he boasts a monstrous collection of 120 fours and 32 sixes in as little as 28 games. He was also in terrific form in the BPL and the recently concluded Desert T20, where he scored runs consistently at high strike rates. If given the chance there is a high certainty there will be fireworks and with Alex Hales being ruled out this may very well be reality.

    Another player to look out for would be Haris Sohail , who will be making a comeback to cricket after a long time, having recovered from his injury. Haris will be looking to perform in order to prove that he still has it in him to perform at the top level. Mohammad Asghar performed admirably in the last PSL, but still hasn't been able to break into the international circuit and will look to nudge the selectors once again. Leg spinner Irfan Khan created some waves when videos of him turning the ball miles surfaced on the internet, and he will also be looking to prove his worth, if he gets an opportunity.

    Final Verdict:

    Peshawar Zalmi are comfortably the most balanced team in the entire competition this year with good bowlers, world class allrounders and hard hitting batsmen. They will most certainly be one of the dominant teams in the group stages and only time will tell if they go all the way this year, with the other teams also having strengthened it promises to be a very exciting tournament.
     
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Prince Pathan, Jan 21, 2017.

    1. Alchemy
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      Zalmi is quite balanced as compared to the other teams. Has firepower in both bowling and batting. I didnt like the fact that they changed the captain to Sammy. I still am trying to guess what were the ulterior motives behind it. Zalmis should have won the first tourney but fortune didnt favour them.
       
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      Sammy winning the world cup, Afridi losing all interest in it. I am sure even Afridi does not fancy himself ahead of a double WC winning captain
       
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      Find it hard to believe. Afridi has the alpha male thing going on and to be honest with the risk of sounding arrogant i believe that i know personally how hard it is to let anyone lead you when you have such a personality.
       
    4. Prince Pathan
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      I am sure he knows that every time Zalmi fail he gets the blame for it. He plays much better as a player anyway so I am not complaining.
       
    5. ASLI-PATHAN
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      Well balanced squad. Favorites to win the title this year.
       
    6. Fireworks11
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      Strong in all departments.
       
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      I think Hafeez will have an important part to play too, both with the ball and upfront. If he gets going, I think it'll be very hard to stop this side. As @Prince Pathan mentioned they seemed to be very well balanced.
       
    9. Passionate Pakistani
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      Hales out for 6 weeks and considering the fact that english players will miss last two games and play offs.. its over for him.

      Bangladesh players wont be available for first three matches either.. looks like shahzad and kami will open then at least in first three games.

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    10. Ahson8
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      Hafeez ?
       
    11. Ahson8
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      Tamim also, last time he went and the team's batting suddenly looked as if lacking of confidence.
       
    12. Passionate Pakistani
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      Hafeez will be 3. There are no other foreign players available for first three games so shahzad,morgan and sammy will play. Dont think Jordan will play. Bengali players and Hales wont be available.

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    13. Alchemy
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      Big loss for Zalmis. Without Tamim and Hales, they would have a huge gaping hole in batting.
       
    14. Patriot
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      lol
       
    15. ASLI-PATHAN
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      It was not a joke.
       
    16. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      Most balanced squad in the league. In form openers, decent middle order, destructive lower order, best pace attack and ever reliable spin attack. All bases covered
       
    17. Prince Pathan
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      @Mohsin You hear this? Talaak Talaak Talaak
      Shakib and Tamim missing is not overly worrying because MS is a able replacement of Tamim. Hafeez can bowl again. Alex Hales another one who is not much of a loss. Morgan on the other hand would be.

      Sammy - Morgan - MS will definitely play first match or whoever they decide to replace Alex Hales with. Jordan hopefully wont play because that will take up a batting or an AR spot.

      A part of me wants them to sign Najibullah Zadran another destructive T20 specialist or if not hopefully give KhushdilShah a chance to play
       
    18. Rhythm
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      2nd best team after Qalandars. Excited to see Irfan play. Hope he gets his opportunities.
       
    19. Major
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      I have to applause Javed Afridi's decision to take the captaincy away from afridi and give it to Sammy. Afridi isn't a good captain and the captaincy needed a change. I know it must have been a hard decision for Javed Afridi as there were rumours 3 months before the draft that Afridi would move out from Zalmi regarding some captaincy issue.

      Asghar is this team's strength, however the batting is not that strong.
       
    20. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      You gotta be kidding, right?

      Kami
      Tamim
      Hafeez
      Morgan
      Shakib
      Maqsood/Iftikhar
      Afridi
      Sammy

      Not strong enough?
       
    21. Prince Pathan
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      Prince Pathan Sultan of Swing

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      You forgot


       
    22. Rhythm
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      They don't have enough gelness.
       
    23. Major
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      those are just names.

      Kami, hafeez, maqsood and iftikhar are not consisstent batsmen. Even though Tamim had a good season last year, but i'm still not sure if he could repeat that.

      The only good batsmen they have got is Morgan
       
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    24. maddgenius
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      maddgenius Whispering Death

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      Which other team has better consistent T20 batsmen?

      They'll have Afridi and Sammy at #7 and 8. Name any team with better finishers?
       
    25. maddgenius
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      What is gelness?
       
    26. Major
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      just because you could slog every ball doesn't mean you're a finisher

      Quetta's batting line up is very strong. And Lahore has a very good batting line up with Mcculum and Deplort there. Azhar Ali is also a good opener, not a bad option and Grant elliot is a fantastic edition.

      Islamabad has got players to attack spinners on these wickets
       
    27. Rhythm
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      It's a secret only Misbah and his fanboys know.
       
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      Azhar Ali is a good T20 opener? I've heard it all
       
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      @Prince Pathan
       
    30. Major
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      this is the problem with some of you guys. Just because he bats slow in test, everyone assumes he can't bat in t20s

      The guy batted well in last years tournament, plus hes an opener.
       
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    32. Prince Pathan
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      I agree regarding Kami, Ifthikar, Maqsood and Hafeez but Tamim is very consistent as an opener. I mean I get it that people were surprised last year but that is only because he is Bengali. The guy is one of the most fluent stroke makers in world cricket and it is even more impressive that he is from a team still regarded as a minnow.

      By your logic though would you classify ISB a consistent batting lineup? If they click they are dangerous like all other teams in this league. Only one I do not rate is Karachi because it will be heavily dependent on Gayle who is going to flop again


      Zalmi and Lahore have the two best batting lineups without a doubt which is conveniently the two teams I am supporting this year. I like Quetta but some of the selections are very strange.
       
    33. Major
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      Islamabad has a batting that is good according to the requirements. The requirement here is playing spin, so haddin, khalid latif and Misbah are a wonderful fit. Watson is a joke of a player against spin. But then there is duckett and all, so not a bad batting line up.

      Zalmi's batting isn't good. The match that they lost to Isloo in that qualifier, they should had not lost as it was a good batting track, their weak batting lost them the match.

      isloo did made a bad decision in dropping asif ali. a wonderful finisher at lower order
       
    34. Prince Pathan
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      Oh that is the criteria by which you are judging them? Spin

      Afridi, Ifthikar, Hafeez, Kamran, MS, Tamim, Maqsood,Shakib are all pretty damn good against spin bowling lol?

      You have to also remember the Zalmi mentor is one of the best players of spin bowling in all of Pakistan
       
    35. Major
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      they are all rusty players. Kamran has one of the best cuts in cricket, but he could hardly go after 10 and 20.

      All those above mentioned batsmen are known to throw their wicket away.

      However, i do think the Afghani MS is a great addition. But another batsmen like him was needed somewhere in the middle
       
    36. Mohsin
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      lol alright man, I admit ghalti hui...allow it, let it go. Don't let a chunky, explosive afghan guy get between us...
       
    37. Ahson8
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      Haris should be playing over Maqsood / Iftikhar
       
    38. Passionate Pakistani
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      Lol so kami and hafeez and tamim are just names but azhar is a good t20 opener. Lel.

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    39. Don Quixote
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      U forgot the best one , Haris Sohail.
       

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