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10 Players to Watch out for in the Pakistan Super League

10 Players to Watch out for in the Pakistan Super League

The Pakistan Super League has been a huge platform for the emerging players from the nation to make a mark and enter the limelight in the last few years. The PSL has helped a number of cricketers like Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, and Faheem Ashraf to get selected in the national team and the PSL 2020 to is expected to bring some new stars to the limelight. 

Here is a list of players – both Pakistani and international – who can become stars in the PSL 2020 These players can also be great differential picks in fantasy cricket games and can earn vital points for your fantasy cricket team, whether you play cash fantasy cricket games or free games. 

A Javed (Islamabad United) – The 19-year old left-arm fast bowler rose to fame in the National T20 league, which was played last October when he turned out for Balochistan. With his pacy deliveries and subtle variations in line and length, Javed picked up nine wickets in seven games as he helped his team to the finals. He also represented the Pakistan Emerging Team in the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup last November and earned praise from bowling experts. 

F Allen (Multan Sultans) – The West Indian can hit big sixes and is an electric fielder. He can also pitch in with wickets with his left-arm spin, which makes him a player to watch out for. Allen is already a star in the Caribbean Premier League, where he impressed in the death overs in 2019, smashing 177 off 79 balls between overs 16 to 20 at a strike rate of over 225. He was picked up by IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2020 season and will join the PSL team after the West Indies’ tour of Sri Lanka. 

Arshad Iqbal (Karachi Kings) – The promising right-arm fast bowler Iqbal represented Pakistan U19 in the Under 19 World Cup in 2018, where he picked up six wickets in five games, including a three-wicket haul against the eventual champions India in the semis. He has played one First-Class game thus far, three List A matches and seven T20s in the last two years, picking up 19 wickets across formats. He represented Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the National T20 Second XI Tournament last October, and he will be eager to impress this PSL season. 

Ali Khan (Karachi Kings) – The pacer consistently hits the 140kmph speed mark and was one of the breakout players in the CPL in 2018, where he picked up 16 wickets at an average of 20.81 and an impressive economy rate of just 7.80. He was unable to hold on to his form in the CPL 2019 but his ability to bowl yorkers and his raw pace has meant that he has signed up for the Bangladesh Premier League and the Global T20 Canada in the T10 League, and he will be eyeing a good return in the PSL. 

Dilbar Hussain (Lahore Qalandars) – The 26-year old has made good progress after being discovered while playing for the Lahore Qalandars Player Development Program in 2018. He then represented Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League in 2019-2020. His biggest performance came when he dismissed legendary batsman AB de Villiers in his maiden BBL appearance, and he will be looking to get under the skin of other big stars in the edition. 

Seekkuge Prasanna (Lahore Qalandars) – Prasanna will have the onus of hitting some big shots in the death overs for his team in the upcoming PSL. The leg-break bowler often outfoxes batsmen with his googlies, and he has evolved into a power hitter as well, which was evident in the CPL last year. In the second Qualifier, Prasanna smashed 51 in just 27 balls to leave the cricketing world in awe. He has played in the BPL and the T20 Blast in the past, and this will be his maiden stint in the PSL. 

Zeeshan Ali A (Multan Sultans) – Zeeshan impressed with a phenomenal season in the domestic scene for Southern Punjab last year. He had a fine run in the National T20 Second XI tournament, where he scored 127 runs. He amassed a total of 395 runs in just seven innings with the help of three fifties. He ended with a staggering average of 65.83 and a strike rate of 174.77, hitting 23 sixes and 34 fours. In the First Class Quaid-e-Azam Tournament, Zeeshan scored two successive hundreds for his team. 

Philip Salt (Islamabad United) – An aggressive top-order batsman, Salt has been in stellar form in the last few months. He can be brutal against genuine pace when the bounce is true, and he will fancy his chances against quality seamers from Pakistan. He turned out for the CPL in 2019 and also led the way for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. 

Haider A (Peshawar Zalmi) – Haidar is a rising batsman who has already made a mark at the junior and First Class level. The 19-year old is an opener with a wide array of shots at his disposal. He was a regular in the Under 19 Pakistan team and even played in the ICC Under 19 World Cup this year in South Africa, where he scored a fifty in his side’s loss to India in the semis. He made 134 in the Quaid-e-Azam finals and has scored 645 FC runs at an average of just under 50 since making his debut. 

L Gregory (Peshawar Zalmi) – Peshawar have a number of all-rounders in their side in PSL 2020, but with Keiron Pollard away for the first half due to international commitments, the onus will be on Gregory. In the recent BP, the English player scored 262 runs in 11 games at a strike rate of over 140 for Rangpur Riders. He had also contributed with 15 wickets at an economy rate of just 7.64. 

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