Potential Future Pakistani Stars In The PSL 2018

Quetta Gladiators spinner Hassan Khan delivers the ball during the final cricket match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi at The Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on March 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Potential Future Pakistani Stars In The PSL 2018

The past two seasons of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have already produced Pakistani players who have made their impact in the international arena, especially in limited overs cricket. Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Rumman Raees and Muhammad Nawaz are all an integral part of Pakistan’s white ball cricket now and they were instrumental in their recent Champions Trophy success. They have also contributed to Pakistan’s rise to being the number one T20 side last month.

Keeping this in mind it is fair to say that this season will further increase the pool of players and will give the selectors a real headache. Here are some of the potential future stars who will be part of Pakistan Super League this season.

Saif Badar – Multan Sultans

Born in Sialkot, the nineteen-year-old Saif Badar made his mark in the 2016 U19 World Cup where he scored 258 runs at an average of 51.6.

Picked up by Multan Sultan in the emerging category in the draft, Saif is a middle order batsman who can generate power in his shots easily.

With senior players like Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik to help him throughout this PSL, the tournament is a great opportunity for him to make his mark on the big stage.

Shaheen Shah Afridi – Lahore Qalandars

Shaheen, 17, hails from FATA and just recently represented Pakistan in the U19 World Cup last month where he impressed all by taking 12 wickets in 5 matches.
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At 6’6 Shaheen has the advantage of his height and can bowl up to 90 mph. He will be representing Lahore Qalandars in the PSL and might be the next big thing in Pakistani bowling prowess.

Sahibzada Farhan – Islamabad United

Having made his first-class debut for Peshawar last year, Farhan is a right-handed opening batsman who likes to take the game to the opposition.

He has played 10 T20’s domestically where he has scored 283 runs at an average of 40.42 and has a healthy strike rate of 111.85.

Representing Islamabad United he his entering the tournament with great expectations on his shoulders.
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Hassan Khan – Quetta Gladiators

Hassan, 19, who also made his first-class debut last year, led Pakistan to the semi-finals of the recently concluded U19 World Cup in New Zealand.

Khan is a right-handed batsman, who also bowls left-arm spin and is a brilliant fielder as well.

He was Quetta’s emerging player last season and with more experience under his belt this year he will be gearing up to shine in this season.

Hassan Mohsin – Karachi Kings

Mohsin will be representing his hometown Karachi in the PSL.

He rose to fame with his brilliant all-round performance at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016, where he scored 293 runs at 97 and took 11 wickets at 14.81.

He has recently started his first-class career with Pakistan Television and has given some notable performances there too.

Ibtisam Sheikh – Peshawar Zalmi

Ibtisam, 19, comes from Hyderabad and made his first-class debut last year for Faisalabad.

He has played 3 T20’s domestically thus far and has taken 5 wickets with 3/20 being his best bowling figures.

He is being rated highly by the coaches at a domestic level and with the recent success of leg-spinners around the world in shorter formats, Peshawar Zalmi might be tempted to select him in their playing eleven.

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