As the tournament’s inaugural date inches closer, all Pakistani cricket fans are wondering about 2016 Pakistan Super League who will win it. The answer to this can’t be truly known until the tournament’s final takes place, but an analysis and comparison of all the squads can predict the favorites of the tournament. For Pakistan Super League (PSL) Match Prediction Go here also read complete detail about PSL 2016 .
Quetta Gladiators PSL 2016 Team
It’s fair to say that all five teams in the tournament seem well matched and the results will be too close to call, but many pundits believe that Quetta Gladiators may be the weakest link in the tournament. However, the squad is filled with some match-winning players who can easily make things go Quetta’s way any given day. Of all the five teams, Quetta’s captain is the most inexperienced in terms of leadership, but there is no denying that Sarfraz Ahmed has talent and with the right players at his disposal, Sarfraz can easily outclass any opponent.
Quetta has a well-balanced squad and instead of going for high-profile Chris Gayle and Shane Watson, it bid for the recovering Kevin Pietersen. He has the ability to single-handedly win any match and Quetta will be counting on his performance. Even if Kevin doesn’t perform, Quetta has several good batsmen in the squad.
The final prediction for Quetta Gladiators is to finish fourth and reach the semi-finals.
Lahore Qalandars shocked many people when it bought Azhar Ali and named him captain. Although a talented batsmen for ODI and Tests, Azhar is not exactly cut out for the shortest format of the game. However, his signing does make sense as he is expected to bring some stability to the side, which is otherwise filled with hard-hitting batsmen such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, and Umar Akmal.
Lahore does have the potential to go all the way if the gamble works and its hard-hitting batsmen perform well. However, the sudden doubts looming over the presence of the team’s key bowlers Yasir Shah and Mustafizur Rahman can leave the team weak and one-sided.
If a prediction were to be made, some might say that Lahore is a favorite to win the tournament with the presence of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo. However, the lack of leadership and stability in the middle order can cost it heavily. Thus, the Qalandars is expected to finish fifth and not make it to the playoffs.
Peshawar Zalmi PSL 2016 Team
Led by the crowd-favorite Shahid “Boom Boom” Afridi, Peshawar went out of its way to make sure Shahid Afridi lands in its squad. Not only is he the captain of Pakistan’s T20 team, but Afridi is also unarguably one of the most lethal players in the format. However, Peshawar Zalmi will need a lot more from Afridi than just a few big hits if it is to perform well in the tournament. He is known for single-handedly leading the international team to T20 World Cup glory when he not only played crucial knocks in the semi-final and final but also led the way with his bowling and fielding.
Peshawar will most certainly be expecting its overseas star player Darren Sammy to get in action alongside Afridi as the combination of these hitters has high expectations from the fans. The overall squad looks promising, but a lot depends on Afridi’s form for Peshawar, which may not be good news.
Peshawar Zalmi may not prove to be the strongest side in the tournament, but it’ll turn out to be the most entertaining one. The prediction for Peshawar is to finish second on the table and make it to the playoffs but miss out on a place in the final.
Islamabad United PSL 2016 Team
Islamabad United is led by the Test skipper of Pakistan, Misbah ul Haq. Misbah might have taken an early retirement from the T20 format, but that doesn’t mean he can’t hit it big. In fact, Misbah is the leading six-hitter in Tests, which may seem ironic as the local fans label Misbah “Tuk Tuk”. Very few people remember Misbah’s heroics in the inaugural T20 World Cup that almost won Pakistan the tournament.
Nevertheless, Islamabad has a lot more to offer as it secured the Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson as well as prolific batsmen Brad Haddin and Sam Billings. Shane Watson will prove to be a valuable asset for Islamabad not only with the bat but also with the ball as he combines with the tallest cricketer at the moment, Mohammad Irfan. Arguably the most well-balanced team in the tournament, Islamabad United will be relying on Misbah’s calculated decisions. However, fans may be hoping that he takes more risks than usual.
Many people might not agree with this, but statistically, Islamabad is the strongest side in the tournament and will finish third on the table and reach the final playoff.
Karachi Kings PSL 2016 Team
Karachi Kings is led by Pakistani all-rounder and former captain, Shoaib Malik. The fact that Malik is in extraordinary form with both the bat and ball makes him one of the strongest players in PSL. The team will be counting on James Vince and Lendl Simmons as well. Vince was player of the series in the recent T20 series played between England and Pakistan.
Karachi Kings has invested wisely by bringing in the in-form Bangladeshi players Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan. Ravi Bopara is another brilliant capture for the Kings. Apart from impressive overseas players, Karachi is also heavy on local talent as Bilawal Bhatti and Imad Wasim are expected to perform well. However, the biggest capture for Karachi Kings has been Mohammad Amir, who has recently returned to international cricket and appears to be back to his best form already.
Karachi may not have signed Chris Gayle or Shane Watson, but it still managed to create the strongest team in the tournament. A well-balanced squad that covers all areas and is extremely talented should see Karachi Kings finish top of the table and reach the final playoff. If your question is still 2016 Pakistan Super League who will win, the most likely answer seems to be Karachi Kings.