The Lions of Islamabad United are roaring to clinch back their lost PSL title.
Islamabad United is owned by Leonine Global Sports, which is an entity of Leonine Global Investment owned by Ali Naqvi and Amna Naqvi.
The proud owners of the franchise were the winners of the first ever Pakistan Super League. But they couldn’t retain the title in the second edition of PSL. Well now they are roaring back, eyeing to regain the lost title and glory.
Islamabad United’s team is filled with cricketing superstars. To clinch the title they are coming with their strongest ever side. In this year’s PSL Draft, JP Duminy was their Platinum pick along with Luke Ronchi. To further strengthen their batting line up they have picked Sam Billings, Zafar Gohar and these player might be joined by England’s batting super star Alex Hales.
In bowling department they have picked fast bowler David Willey. Two new emerging talent Sahibzada Farhan and Hussain Talat are also a part of Islamabad United’s team.
As far as the management go there has been a big change. For the previous two years they have had Wasim Akram as their fast bowling coach. Now that he has left for Team Multan Sultans, Waqar Younis has joined as his replacement who is as good as Wasim. Dean Jones remains the head coach for the team and Saeed Ajmal being Spin bowling coach.
Islamabad United has one of the most balanced team this year. If these players are used in good varied combination they have a good chance at winning. It will be exciting to see how the captain and coach put their men to use.
This is Islamabad United’s TEAM for the third edition of PSL:
- Management/Coaches : Waqar Younis, Dean Jones, Saeed Ajmal
- Batsmen: Misbah ul Haq (Captain), Alex Hales, Asif Ali, Sahibzada Farhan
- Bowlers: Samuel Badree, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Steven Finn (replaced David Willey), Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Hasnain
- All Rounders: Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Amad Butt, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Samit Patel (as a cover for JP Duminy), Hussain Talat, Rohail Nazir
- Wicket Keepers: Sam Billings, Luke Ronchi, Mohammad Hasan
Islamabad United has announced PTCL, G.F.C, Haleeb Foods as their official partners, FM98 as their official Urdu Radio partners, Samaa as their official news media partner, The Citizens Foundation as Education partners and Tribune as their Print and Digital Publication partner.
The one and only heart-throb of Pakistan Fawad Khan, remains the Islamabad United’s team Ambassador.