KARACHI: No franchise has actually won more titles in the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) background than Islamabad United. They made it to the last twice in the first three periods– 2016 and 2018– as well as secured the glimmering trophy on both events.
Islamabad, that had a terrible Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2020 when they wound up bottom of the stacks– may have lost the solutions of Luke Ronchi, Colin Ingram, Saif Badar and Akif Javed yet have substantially strengthened their squad for the upcoming edition. Nevertheless, they have actually endured a crippling blow with the unavailability of Colin Munro– who had actually been kept by the franchise– as a result of a quarantine system implemented by New Zealand as well as would certainly have not reached his house nation till the middle of May.
While Islamabad, that will certainly be again led by Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan, are still undergoing procedure of filling in the slot developed by Munro’s forced absence, the two-time winners have actually added the batting firepower of England dispose of Alex Hales, Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali and also the emerging pace-bowling sensation Mohammad Wasim in a well-balanced squad that can go all the way this time.
Pakistan Super League (PSL) But one familiar number will be glaringly missing out on from the Islamabad dugout for the very first time is the popular physio Errol Alcott– that was the mastermind behind the scenes of Australia’s all-conquering cricket sides from 1984 to 2006.
According to the Islamabad group sources, the 65-year-old Alcott stated he disapproval the bio-secure bubble life at his age. His replacement is Jason Pilgrim from Trinidad who functions as a speaker at the College of West Indies and also has actually additionally educated Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago in cricket and also his area in sports in addition to having formerly functioned as a fitness instructor for Michigan Youth Fumbling Association.
Squad: Shadab Khan (captain), Alex Hales, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Lewis Gregory, Asif Ali, Phil Salt, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Rohail Nazir, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Musa Khan, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Mohammad Wasim (four players to be added).
Backroom staff: Johan Botha (head coach), Saeed Ajmal (assistant coach), Michael Smith (batting coach), Rumman Raees Khan (bowling consultant), Hanif Malik (fielding coach), Jason Pilgrim (physio/trainer), Rehan-ul-Haq (general manager), Hassan Cheema (strategy manager), Zukhruf Mumtaz Khan (media manager).
Season M W L T NR/Abd SR Rank
2016 11 7 4 0 0 63.63 1st
2017 9 4 5 0 0 44.44 4th
2018 12 8 3 1 0 75.00 1st
2019 12 6 6 0 0 50.00 3rd
2020 10 3 6 0 1 27.37 6th
Overall 54 28 24 1 1 53.77 —
Opponents M W L T NR/Abd SR
Karachi Kings 14 8 6 0 0 57.14
Lahore Qalandars 10 7 2 1 0 75.00
Multan Sultans 5 3 2 0 0 60.00
Peshawar Zalmi 13 6 6 0 1 50.00
Quetta Gladiators 11 4 7 0 0 36.36
Islamabad United’s fixtures (all times PST)
Feb 21: vs Multan Sultans (Karachi, 7:00pm)
Feb 24: vs Karachi Kings (Karachi, 7:00pm)
Feb 27: vs Peshawar Zalmi (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 1: vs Quetta Gladiators (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 4: vs Lahore Qalandars (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 6: vs Quetta Gladiators (Karachi, 2:00pm)
March 7: vs Karachi Kings (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 12: vs Lahore Qalandars (Lahore, 8:00pm)
March 13: vs Multan Sultans (Lahore, 7:00pm)
March 15: vs Peshawar Zalmi (Lahore, 7:00pm)