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The Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021) is just a month ahead and the preparations are already going on. With the HBL PSL draft being done, the schedule has also been on-screened. Each team has made sure to choose the full-strength squad to clinch the HBL PSL 6 title with their deliverances.
Preview and Analysis:
Islamabad United is the only team to win more than one PSL title. They were the winners of the inaugural edition in 2016, where they beat Quetta Gladiators by eight wickets. Then again, in 2018, they defeated Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets. Misbah ul-Haq and JP Duminy were the captains to lead the side in their respective years.
Last season, however, they had the worse season. For the first time, United failed to qualify for the playoffs and came last. They won only three matches out of their ten. It was quite surprising performances from the United team.
Now they will be looking forward to the upcoming season. United has picked some big players on their side, including Hasan Ali, to complete their “Roti gang.” Hasan’s inclusion will strengthen their bowling line-up and lower-order batting, keeping in mind Hasan’s batting.
Along with Hasan were Karachi Kings’ Iftikhar Ahmed and Alex Hales. Hales inclusion caught the fans’ eyes, believing that Hales opening alongside Munro will be a treat to watch.
There will behold for the United; they will be looking to go back to their winning ways and target their third PSL title.
PSL 2021: All you need to know about Islamabad United
Here is the squad:
Platinum: Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Alex Hales,
Diamond: Colin Munro, Faheem Ashraf, Lewis Gregory
Gold: Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Phil Salt
Silver: Zafar Gohar, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Reece Topley, Iftikhar Ahmed
Supplementary: Chris Jordan, Akif Javed
Emerging: Mohammad Wasim, Ahmed Saifi
Here is the schedule:
|Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans||3||21st February||Sunday||Karachi||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings||6||24th February||Wednesday||Karachi||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi||10||27th February||Saturday||Karachi||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators||12||1st March||Monday||Karachi||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars||15||4th March||Thursday||Karachi||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators||17||6th March||Saturday||Karachi||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Karachi Kings||20||7th March||Sunday||Lahore||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars||24||12th March||Friday||Lahore||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans||26||13th March||Saturday||Lahore||TBD|
|Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi||29||15th March||Monday||Lahore||TBD|
List of released and retained players: PSL 2021
Retained: Alex Hales (platinum), Shadab Khan (platinum), Asif Ali (gold), Hussain Talat (gold), Colin Munro (diamond), Faheem Ashraf (diamond), Musa Khan (silver), Zafar Gohar (silver)
Released: Akif Javed, Luke Ronchi (unavailable), Dale Steyn, Phil Salt, Rassie Van Der Russell, Rizwan Husain, Saif Badar, Rumman Raees, Ahmed Safi Ullah, Amad Butt
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