A Quick Overview of the Squads for PSL 6
The PSL Draft for season 6 commenced on the 10th of January, 2021. All the teams prepared their 18-man squads (Karachi Kings have 17 so far) for the league starting from the 20th of February. Let us take a quick look at each team’s strengths and weaknesses and their possible playing XIs.
After winning the PSL 5 trophy, it seems like Karachi Kings have won the PSL 6 Draft too. Although the only trade before the draft in which they lost Alex Hales for Colin Ingram didn’t favor them much, KK still has a very strong squad.
Karachi’s major strengths will be their pace attack, opening duo, and all-rounders. Alongside Mohammad Amir’s experience, they have the in-form Waqas Maqsood and Arshad Iqbal. While the presence of fast-bowling all-rounders such as Aamer Yamin and Dan Christian would strengthen their lower middle-order, too, Mohammad Ilyas – having the 3rd lowest SR in PSL’s history (250+ balls) – provides them a wicket-taking choice. More than five all-rounders in the squad will allow Kings to have deep batting without compromising their bowling. Moreover, the Babar-Sharjeel duo at the top provides Kings one of the most reliable opening pairs in the tournament.
Considering the importance of wrist-spinners in T20s, the lack of such options can be a weakness in Karachi’s squad. 16-year-old Afghan Noor Ahmad is the only such option in the squad.
(Karachi Kings have one supplementary pick left. The current squad comprises 17 players.)
- Babar Azam
- Sharjeel Khan
- Colin Ingram (O)
- Chadwick Walton (O) – WK
- Danish Aziz
- Mohammad Nabi (O)
- Dan Christian (O)
- Imad Wasim – C
- Aamer Yamin
- Mohammad Amir
- Arshad Iqbal (E)
After a tough season last year, Islamabad United has a well-built squad this year. They have a destructive opening pair, some top all-rounders, and a decent bowling attack. The return of Alex Hales provides them an almost likewise replacement of Luke Ronchi. The combination of Alex Hales and Colin Munro can deliver aggressive starts to the batting. Moreover, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, probably the best spin and pace all-rounder in Pakistan, make the team balanced. Other all-rounders such as Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Chris Jordan, and Zafar Gohar also strengthen both the batting and bowling departments.
Hasan Ali’s addition has fulfilled the gap of an experienced and reliable local pacer in IU’s squad. Overall, IU has a solid bowling lineup in both pace and spin departments. Furthermore, they also have dependable emerging players, with two of them, Wasim jr and Ahmed Safi, having the ability to hit a few big shots too.
An area where Islamabad might face some trouble would be missing backup of proper batsmen. In case their batsmen don’t perform much, they will have to depend on all-rounders to fulfill this role.
- Alex Hales (O)
- Colin Munro (O)
- Phil Salt (O) – WK
- Hussain Talat
- Shadab Khan – C
- Iftikhar Ahmed
- Asif Ali
- Faheem Ashraf
- Chris Jordan (O)
- Hasan Ali
- Akif Javed (E) / Ahmed Safi Abdullah (E)
Note: Chris Jordan, Lewis Gregory, and Reece Topley will have availability issues depending on their selection for England’s tour of India.