Pakistan Super League is going to change the entire dynamics of Pakistan cricket. A project that looked like going in bin is finally going to take place. It arrives with an opportunity for the board to take cricket in our country to a whole new level. For domestic cricketers, it’s an opportunity to get world class experience along with better paychecks for their talent.
On the other hand, PSL provides an occasion to those, who are slowly fading at International cricket and are in desperate need to prove their worth. Here are 5 players, who must put a solid show in the dessert safari:
The 31 year old last played for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup. Since then, Sohail Khan is out of the frame for the selection process. The fast bowler was decent with his performances on the grandest stage of them all.
PSL provides him with a chance to prove his critics wrong. Under the cerebral captaincy of Shoaib Malik, Sohail is likely to flourish as he looks on towards making a strong statement.
The man from Hyderabad last played for Pakistan A against the England Lions. He still has a long way to go as an opening batting prospect for Pakistan. The 26 year old is a hard hitter of the ball at the top of the order.
He will represent Islamabad United, which will be led by current test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq. For Pakistan, the dilemma at the top continues specially in the T20 format. The World T20 is just around the corner with Afridi still scratching his head over a reliable opener. PSL comes as a perfect opportunity for Sharjeel Khan to get back in the Pakistan ranks and knock the door for the opening spot.
After the departure of Muhammad Amir in 2010, Junaid was Pakistan’s go to man in every format. He was the spearhead of Pakistan’s bowling. However, the story is different these days.
Junaid’s graph is constantly declining. His recent showings in the green shirt were far from impressive. With Peshawar Zalmi, Junaid has a chance to get his career back on track. It’s about time his potential and hard work behind the scenes is replicated on the field as he reaches a crucial point in his career.
Quetta Gladiators looks like an underrated team already. People are not giving this team much of a chance in the tournament. However, our very own Guldozer can actually change this perception.
Gul is probably the finest T20 bowler in the world. The spectacle he has produced throughout his story career has been remarkable.
At this point of time, Gul is looking for a comeback in the national team. He is proving his mettle in the domestic circuit and looks forward to PSL as a turning point in his career.
Quite evidently, Umar Akmal has failed to do justice to his talent. His batting style, exquisite timing and powerful hitting all go in vain due to lack of responsibility. He was once compared to the current test captain of India,ViratKohli. Though, the man from Lahore has seen more downs than ups in his cricketing life.
PSL provides a platform to Umar Akmal to re-establish his career. This tournament is massive and Umar needs to strike gold here big time. The world would like to see Akmal performing in top gear, as the world waits to see a much more mature side of his game.
His selection for the T20 world cup will certainly be effected by his work rate for his team Lahore Qalandars. He must bat sensibly in order to give Lahore a fair chance in this tournament.