The historic fifth edition of the Pakistan premier domestic T20 tournament, Pakistan Super League, is all set to commence from the 20th of February. It will be the first time that the PSL would be entirely held in Pakistan.
Besides the fact that the PSL has a huge role to play in changing the view of foreign cricket playing nations regarding the security situation of Pakistan, PSL has also provided Pakistan cricket with some immensely talented cricketers including Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Fakhar Zaman to Shaheen Shah Afridi, Faheem Ashraf and Haris Rauf.
This time, there is more talent to watch out for during the upcoming edition of the HBL PSL. Here we will look at the 6 youngsters, who have the ability to make it big on the cricket stage.
Let’s Take a Look:
Akif Javed – Islamabad United
Belonging from a small village of Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Akif Javed has caught the eye of many cricketing enthusiasts. Akif Javed was impressive during the National T20 tournament played in October last year.
The 19-year old took 9 wickets in 7 matches in the National T20 tournament, thanks to his dynamic deliveries and change of pace. He was also part of the winning Pakistani team at the Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Bangladesh last November.
Arshad Iqbal – Karachi Kings
Another former member of the Pakistan Under-19 Cricket team, Arshad Iqbal will be representing Karachi Kings in the PSL this season.
He was part of the under-19 cricket team squad during the world cup in 2018. He finished the tournament with 6 wickets to his name in 5 matches, including a 3-wicket haul in the semi-final against arch-rival India.
Arshad Iqbal has so far played one first-class, three List ‘A’ and seven T20 matches in domestic cricket. The right-arm-fast-bowler claimed 19 wickets in these matches, 10 in T20Is alone.
Dilbar Hussain – Lahore Qalandars
Dilbar Hussain was unearthed during the Lahore Qalandars’ Player Development Program two years ago. The 26-year old was named as the replacement for Haris Rauf during the recently held Big Bash League.
Dilbar Hussain managed to get the key wicket of AB De Villiers in his only appearance at the BBL.
Zeeshan Ashraf – Multan Sultans
Zeeshan Ashraf was no doubt the centre of attention during the PSL 2020 Draft, when Multan Sultans drafted him in their squad using the Wild Card pick which bumped-up his category to Diamond from Silver.
The 27-years-old had performed exceptionally well during the domestic season for South Punjab. Zeeshan Ashraf smashed a hundred during the National T20 Second XI tournament. He finished the tournament with 395 runs in seven innings including three fifties.
The most importing thing the Sultan’ fans will be hoping to see more from him, is his ability to hit the ball a long way. Zeeshan hit 23 sixes and 34 fours in the National T20 Second XI tournament causing trouble for the opposition bowlers.
Haider Ali – Peshawar Zalmi
The 19-year old Rawalpindi born, Haider Ali has been rated very highly by the cricket gurus. West Indian legend Ian Bishop described him as the next Babar Azam.
He was also part of the Pakistan Under-19 squad during the world cup, where he scored a fifty in the semi-final against India.
Aarish Ali Khan – Quetta Gladiators
Aarish Ali Khan is another member of the Pakistan under-19 cricket team, who is ready to showcase his talent in the Pakistan Super League.
The 19-year-old was the leading wicket-taker of the National U19 One-Day tournament this season with 15 wickets to his name in just 6 games.
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