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2016 Pakistan Super League (PSL)

The first edition of the 2016 Pakistan Super League (Urdu: پاکستان سپر لیگ ) is also known as the HBL PSL 2016. PSL 16 will be the fruit of the struggle of Pakistan Cricket Board to start an international T20 franchise league of its own. Although the first edition of the league will take place in UAE instead of Pakistan, the buzz and hype around the tournament are increasing as the commencement date closes in. The tournament begins on 4th February. Although initially Doha was being tipped to host the tournament, Dubai and Sharjah have earned the official representation of the competition. Five teams are competing in the tournament that will be played in the round-robin and playoff format. For PSL Match Schedule 2016 Go here .

2016 Pakistan Super League (PSL)

On 21st September 2015, the tournament was announced and the official logo was unveiled. 3rd December saw the franchise teams being sold to their respective owners and on 21st December, the player draft was formed, after which all five squads were created.

2016 PSL

Islamabad United

ISBUnited PSL 2016 Logo

Islamabad United is one of the favorites for the tournament. The presence of some high-profile players as well as the legendary Wasim Akram as part of the coaching staff makes this team worth looking out for. The team is captained by Misbah ul Haq and heavily relies on Pakistani batsmen such as Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan, and Umar Amin, though the presence of three overseas players (Shane Watson, Andre Russell and Brad Haddin) certainly makes Islamabad United a strong competitor. Watson is expected to be the star performer of the team with the bat as well as the ball, and the presence of fast bowlers such as Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Sami will provide Islamabad with some pace to rely on.

2016 Pakistan Super League (PSL) Match Prediction

PSL Player Prediction

The English youngster and wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings is a player to look out for.

PSL Team Prediction

Islamabad United is expected to finish second on the table.

Lahore Qalandars

Lahore Qalandars PSL Team

Known for its passionate love for the game, Lahore Qalandars will most certainly be looking to entertain its fans as it has focused on signing aggressive and hard-hitting players such as Chris Gayle, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, and Abdul Razzaq. Although they will be counting on Chris Gayle and Umar Akmal’s combination to post huge totals on the board, the presence of the talented leg-spinner Yasir Shah means the team will also be expecting to bowl out its opponents on low scores. The team is led by Pakistan’s ODI team captain Azhar Ali, who may have been a surprise pick considering his style of play, but he’ll be expected to bring much-needed stability to the middle order. 

PSL Player Prediction

Abdul Razzaq will be making a much-awaited comeback to international cricket and has a lot to prove, so he’ll be a player to watch out for.

Team Prediction

Lahore Qalandars is expected to finish fifth on the table.

Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings psl 2016 team logo

Karachi Kings is led by the in-form all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who has a lot of captaincy experience as he has led his domestic T20 team Sialkot Stallions to cup victory many times. Malik is joined by other T20 specialists such as TM Dilshan, Lendl Simmons, Shakib Al Hasan, and Ravi Bopara. Boasting a squad filled with local talents such as unorthodox Fawad Alam and hard-hitters Shahzaib Hasan and Nauman Anwar, the team will also be relying on fast bowling with the presence of Sohail Tanvir, Bilawal Bhatti, and Sohail Khan.

PSL Player Prediction

Mohammad Amir is back after a five-year-long ban from international cricket, and he’s already looking in top form as he took the BPL by storm and is expected to be the best bowler of this tournament as well.

Team Prediction

Karachi Kings is expected to finish second on the table.

Peshawar Zalmi

Peshawar Zalmi PSL Team Logo

Peshawar Zalmi is one of the strongest teams in the league that is made even stronger by the presence of T20 specialist Shahid Afridi, who is also the captain of the team. The presence of good and reliable batsmen such as Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, and Jim Allenby and hard-hitters such as Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy, and Brad Hodge makes the batting order balanced. Peshawar Zalmi is also packing some heavy guns in the bowling department with the combination of Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, and English pacer Chris Jordan expected to bring down many opponents.

PSL Player Prediction

Shahid Afridi will be leading the team on all fronts as he is expected to bat higher in the order as well as try to get some crucial wickets with his leg-spin. His leadership will also be in focus throughout the tournament as he readies himself for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

PSL Team Prediction

Strongest team in the league, Zalmi is expected to finish first on the table.

Quetta Gladiators

Quetta Gladiators PSL 2016 logo

Rated as the only underdog of the tournament, Quetta Gladiators is a well-balanced team with a combination of players that can even lead the team to victory. Pakistani wicket-keeper and ODI team vice-captain Sarfraz Ahmed will be captaining the Gladiators, but with international stars such as Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Kumar Sangakkara, Sarfraz will have a lot of quality available. All-rounders Elton Chigumbura and Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi will be relied on as well. The team will also be expecting Thisara Perera, Anwar Ali, and Umar Gul to strike off some bails with their pace. Asad Shafiq and Ahmed Shahzad, being regulars for Pakistan, are expected to perform well too.

PSL Player Prediction

Kevin Pietersen may be the team’s star player, but Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi is in top form and expected to exhibit some thrilling performances for the Gladiators.

Team Prediction

Writing off Quetta can be a mistake as it has a balanced squad that can easily land the team a third place on the table.

Even with the presence of many international players, all Pakistani selectors will be closely watching the youngsters taking part in the tournament as they prepare the roster for the World Cup T20 and the 2016 Pakistan Super League will help the team prepare for that.

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