Two-time champions Islamabad United look to bounce back from playoffs heartbreak in PSL 6 to win their third title.
Only one team has won multiple Pakistan Super League (PSL) titles, and that team is Islamabad United. They also have the highest win percentage in PSL history. Thus, to say that expectations are always high for the #DimaghSe squad wouldn’t be a misestimation. The same is the case for Islamabad United in PSL 7.
The sixth edition of the PSL was almost a dream season for Shadab Khan’s men – at least until the playoffs. Islamabad United won 8 of their 10 group stage games, becoming the first team in the PSL to achieve that feat. They played a hyper-aggressive brand of cricket, as they usually do, across both legs (Pakistan and the UAE). However, they lost consecutive playoffs to eventual finalists Multan Sultans and Peshawar Zalmi to be knocked out of the tournament.
Islamabad United have built a solid core of local players, with captain Shadab Khan alongside the likes of Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Zafar Gohar, Musa Khan, and a relatively recent addition in Hasan Ali. However, they have replaced Johan Botha as Head Coach, with Azhar Mahmood, formerly Assistant Coach at Multan Sultans, taking over for his first major assignment in a top coaching role. United’s approach is unlikely to change, and their draft picks indicate as much.