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PSL Season 2 – Preview

#PSL2017 Starts today let me present my view on different PSL squads:

1 ) #IslamabadUnited :

Andre Russell ban can be a big blow to the #IslU chances for #Psl2 .

But Defending Champs have got enough in them to repeat the glory..

STRENGTHS:

A) Experienced foreign T20 Specialists:

With the la of  Shane Watson, Dr Smith and world’s best T20 bowler in Samuel Badree, Islamabad have lot of quality internationals in their Squad.

B) Veteran Pakistani Players:  In Misbah ul Haq, Saeed Ajmal, Irfan , United have proven Pakistani veterans who can change the course of game anytime.

C) Experienced bowling line up:

With the likes of Badree, Irfan , Ajmal, Sami ,Finn , Watson, Islamabad United have the experienced T20 bowling lineup, which can easily win them games in tight situations.

WEAKNESSES:

A) Lack of power hitters at the Back end:

With no Andre Russell, United’s Back end hitting may suffer.They definitely need bigger contributions from top order to neutralise power hitters at the back end.

B) Bit Voidness in the Middle order:

They lack a proper T20 player in the middle order who can rotate strike.Probably Sam Billings may do this job. But in the Asian conditions, that can be a tricky proposition for him.

New Members to watch out:

Ben duckett , Steve Finn, Zohaib Khan, Shadab Khan, Hussain Talat.

Possible XI for First Game:

DR SMITH.

SHARJEEL.

WATSON.

KHALID LATIF.

SAM BILLINGS(w)

MISBAH UL HAQ.

HUSSAIN TALAT/SHADAB KHAN.

M SAMI.

S AJMAL/ R RAEES.

S BADREE.

M IRFAN.

.

Prediction -(Eliminator).

2) #QuettaGladiators :

#QG was much balanced side before the Redraft ..

Now they have all of sudden been robbed from some great T20 stars like Brathwaite, Willey, Nabi..

Like Last year they are quite short on hype but  can turn tables easily and have all the ingredients to win the #Psl2.

STRENGTHS:

A) GOOD BATTING TOP ORDER:

With the likes of KP, Shahzad, Russouw and Wright , QG have lot to be optimistic about their top order batting.

B) VIBRANT LEADER: In Sarfaraz, QG have got vibrant and dynamic leader .He can use his Cunning operandi to win from any situation.

C) EXPERIENCED PAKISTAN STARS:

Shahzad, Sarfaraz, Gul, Babar , Anwar Ali give Local experience to the team which is very important in league cricket.

WEAKNESSES:

A) Lack of Power hitting at the back end.

B) Dicey Middle order.

New Members to watch out For:

Tymal Mills, Rilee Russouw, Thisara Perera, Hassan Khan.

Possible XI:

Wright.

Shahzad.

KP.

Russouw.

Sarfaraz. (C/w)

M Nawaz.

Saad Nasim.

Hassan Khan.

Anwar Ali.

Umar Gul.

Tymal Mills.

Possible Prediction – ( Qualifiers)

3) #PESHAWARZALMI

Peshawar ZALMI like last year is the hot contender for this year’s #PSL .

They have got the most experienced T20 side in the tournament with 5 t20l captains in the side.

STRENGTHS:

A) EXPERIENCE OF 5 CAPTAINS:

PZ have 5 International T20 captains ( Sammy, Morgan, Hafeez, Afridi, Shakib) in the squad which can help them in the pressure situations.

B) GUN T20 ALLROUNDERS:

In Sammy, Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Hafeez ZALMI have strong all-round side which can be vital in the balanced outlook of the team.

C) FIREPOWER IN THE PACE BATTERY:

Wahab, Junaid, Jordan , Hassan Ali provide alot of aggression and firepower to the ZALMI team.

They can easily sink the opposition batting with the lethal fast Bowling on any day.

WEAKNESSES:

Not too many weaknesses in the squad.

Probably , if u want to be critical they lack the aggression in top order batting.

NEW MEMBERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Haris Sohail, Eoin Morgan, Sohaib Maqsood, C Jordan, Shakib Al Hasan, Marlon Samuels.

POSSIBLE XI for First game:

Hafeez.

K Akmal (w)

Samuels.

Morgan.

Khushdil Shah.

D Sammy.

S Afridi.

C Jordan.

W Riaz.

Junaid Khan/ Hassan Ali.

M Asghar.

.

Possible Prediction – Winner.

4) #KARACHIKINGS :

#KK is filled with the International stars who are not playing International cricket too often lately.

Some have retired, some are not been picked due to uncricketing reasons.

#STRENGTHS :

A) BIGGEST T20 STARS : In Chris Gayle, Pollard , Malik .KK have got biggest T20 stars in the team who can single handedly win them T20 games on their day.

B) IMPRESSIVE PAK TALENT: In Babar Azam, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir, Kings have got the Pakistani International future in their team which can be handy in UAE.

#WEAKNESSES :

A) SANGA – SILENCE: Having been benched by Hurricanes in recently concluded BBL due to lack of form .Sangakkara who is captain of Karachi , certainly form-wise ,he has lot to prove in Kings jersey.

B) LACK OF QUALITY SPINNERS AND PACERS: With only Imad Wasim and Usama Mir in the side as genuine Spinners, Kings certainly have problem in the spin department.

In Pace department, there is only Amir, Sohail Khan Rahat Ali and Ryan McLaren which shows they are also bit light on the quality pacers.

C) LACK OF INTERNATIONAL T20 CRICKET FOR FOREIGN STARS:

Gayle, Bopara, Sanga, Mahela, Pollard, McLaren all the International Karachi stars have not played international cricket from some time .

This will obviously test the Kings in under stress conditions.

NEW MEMBERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

Chris Gayle, Ryan McLaren, Babar Azam, Pollard, Shahzaib Hassan.

POSSIBLE XI FOR FIRST GAME:

GAYLE.

SANGAKKARA.(C/W)

BABAR AZAM.

S MALIK.

R BOPARA.

K POLLARD.

I WASIM.

ABRAR/ HASSAN MOHSIN.

SOHAIL KHAN

M AMIR.

USAMA MIR.

POSSIBLE PREDICTION -( Last)

5) #LahoreQalandars

LQ has changed not only the Jersey color from the last year but also changed the outlook of the team. They have roped in the Aggression leadership of Brendan McCullum which can be certainly a welcome change for Last year’s toothless captaincy by Azhar Ali.

STRENGTHS:

A) AGGRESSION IN TOP ORDER:

With BAZ and ROY in the opening slot, this can be easily the best opening partnership in PSL2.

They can deflate the opposition bowlers with in no time.

B) BEST SPINNERS:

Qalanders have also quality in the spin department with Sunil Narine and Yasir shah backed up by youngsters like Zafar Gohar, Usman Qadir and Chris Green etc.

C) PAKISTANI PROS:

With so many good Pakistani International players like Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Azhar Ali, Yasir shah, Rizwan, Bilawal Bhatti, Zafar Gohar, Amir Yamin, etc ,Lahore can hope that they will come good in this PSL.

WEAKNESSES:

A) LACK OF FAST BOWLER: Lahore is lacking a genuine pace bowler in the team after the injury of Shaun Tait.

B) LACK OF FIREPOWER IN THE END:

Lahore doesn’t have big hitter in the late order.

Likes of James Franklin , Amir Yamin,Sohail Tanvir can trusted to do the job but will be difficult.

NEW MEMBERS TO WATCH OUT:

B McCullum, J Roy, Franklin, G Elliott, F Zaman, S Narine, Y Shah, S Tanvir.

POSSIBLE X1 For First game:

B McCullum (C)

J Roy.

F Zaman.

U Akmal.

M Rizwan (w)

G Elliott.

S Tanvir.

B Bhatti.

S Narine.

Y Shah.

G Mudassar.

Possible Prediction: Runner Up.

PSL Season 2 – Preview
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