Updated PSL 2021 squads information with the season set to resume in UAE.
After a battle fought earnestly against health security and logistical hurdles amid COVID-19 pandemic, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 is finally set to resume on Wednesday (June 9) in Abu Dhabi.
Only 14 of the scheduled 34 games were possible when the tournament was played in its traditional window in March, as it had to be suspended after news of multiple positive cases among players and support staff.
The Karachi leg of the PSL 2021 threw up interesting trends, with teams mostly opting to chase and the bat dominating over the ball. While in Karachi, the spinners didn’t enjoy the rub of the green, they are expected to be at the forefront of affairs for all teams in Abu Dhabi’s scorching heat and bigger boundary dimensions.
Since March, all six teams have experienced a reshuffling of players ahead of PSL 2021 after successive online drafts following withdrawals and injuries.
Aware of the need to be flexible with the times, the PCB allowed PSL franchises to add two new players to their respective squads, with at least one of them from overseas. The teams were earlier required to field at least three or a maximum of four players from abroad in their playing XIs. But that has been reduced to a minimum of two and a maximum of three overseas players, keeping in mind the pandemic.
PSL 2021 squads: The final teams for Pakistan Super League
Karachi Kings – (1st in points table with 3 wins and 2 losses)
The Kings, who won the PSL last year, have had quite a few changes to their original squad, with names as big as Colin Ingram, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Joe Clarke, Liton Das missing ahead of the Abu Dhabi leg. Three of them are replaced by Thisara Perera, Najibullah Zadran, Martin Guptill.
Final squad: Imad Wasim (capt), Abbas Afridi, Aamer Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton, Danish Aziz, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmad, Qasim Akram, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Zeeshan Malik.
Peshawar Zalmi – (2nd in points table with 3 wins and 2 losses)
Zalmi also don’t have their original picked squad with them after losing Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ravi Bopara for various reasons. They’ve, however, roped in Fabian Allen, Fidel Edwards, Rovman Powell for the rest of the tournament. But Allen and Edwards are only partially available due to international commitments.
Final squad: Wahab Riaz (capt), Abrar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Bismillah Khan, David Miller (also partially available), Fabian Allen, Fidel Edwards, Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Rovman Powell, Waqar Salamkheil, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Umaid Asif
Islamabad United – (3rd in points table with 3 wins and 1 loss)
The United, who won their last two matches in Karachi, will be weakened by the absence of Alex Hales, Phil Salt, Lewis Gregory and Janneman Malan from their original roster. But they’ve tried to plug those holes with the inclusion of Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Brandon King.
Final squad: Shadab Khan (capt), Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Ali Khan, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Akhlaq, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Usman Khawaja, Zafar Gohar, Zeeshan Zameer, Umar Amin, Brandon King
Lahore Qalandars – (4th in points table with 3 wins and 1 loss)
Samit Patel, Shakib Al Hasan, David Wiese, Joe Denly, Tom Abell are no longer available for the Qalandars, who, however, have Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Seekkuge Prasanna, Rashid Khan, James Faulkner, Tim David and Sultan Ahmed available for the rest of PSL 2021.
Final squad: Sohail Akhtar (capt), Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, Callum Ferguson, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Seekkuge Prasanna, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sultan Ahmed, Tim David, Zaid Alam and Zeeshan Ashraf
Multan Sultans – (5th in points table with 1 win and 4 losses)
The Sultans will enter the Abu Dhabi leg of PSL 2021 reeling from the absence of James Vince, Adam Lyth, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Lynn, Shahid Afridi, Obed McCoy and Mahmudullah. And though they’ve brought in Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asif Afridi, Hammad Azam, Blessing Muzarabani and Shimron Hetmyer, they still have their work cut out in trying to overcome the current standings and lift the PSL 2021 title.
Final squad: Mohammad Rizwan (capt), Hammad Azam, Imran Tahir, Imran Khan Snr, Johnson Charles, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Umar, Blessing Muzarabani, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Asif Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Shan Masood, Shimron Hetmyer (partially available), Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, Waseem Muhammad
Quetta Gladiators (6th in points table with 1 win and 4 losses)
Keeping in mind the unavailability of Tom Banton, Dale Steyn, Anwar Ali, the Gladiators will be pleased they’ve got Andre Russell and Jack Wildermuth to come in (partially in Russell’s case) for the rest of the PSL 2021. The Gladiators have a task on their hands after suffering four defeats from their five matches in Karachi and slumping to the lowest possible position in the six-team standings.
Final squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt), Abdul Nasir, Andre Russell , Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Hassan Khan, Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Usman Khan, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood, Zahir Khan.