Pakistan Super League Team-by-Team Guide: Kings look vulnerable

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The PSL should return next month after postponement so Ed Hawkins is here with the vital squad changes and trends...

"It is bizarre recruitment considering Kings have the best opening duo in the tournament. They are shaping up to be a solid lay on the outright"

Karachi Kings 5 games/6 points - 3.505/2

In Martin Guptill, Najibullah Zadran, Thisara Perera, Chadwick Walton
Out Colin Ingram, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Joe Clarke
Run rate For 9.7 (1st)
Run rate Against 9.0 (4th)

Analysis Karachi Kings are the league leaders (on net run rate) and favourites. Yet they have suffered more than any other team due to the postponement because they have lost their top- and middle-order. Joe Clarke, Mohammad Nabi, Colin Ingram and Dan Christian were finishing off teams after fast starts from openers Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan. Yet there is no excuse for replacing those style of batters with Martin Guptill and Chadwick Walton, both openers. It is bizarre recruitment considering they have the best opening duo in the tournament. They are shaping up to be a solid lay on the outright.

Possible XI Babar, Guptill, Sharjeel, Walton, Zadran, Imad Wasim, Perera, Amir, Arshad, Ilyas, Waqas

Squad Imad Wasim (capt), Abbas Afridi, Aamer Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton, Danish Aziz, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmad, Qasim Akram, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Zeeshan Malik

Peshawar Zalmi 5g/6p - 4.03/1

In Fabian Allen, Rovman Powell, Fidel Edwards, David Miller
Out Mujeeb, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Ravi Bopara,
For 8.9 (2nd)
Against 8.6 (2nd)

Analysis Zalmi have an identical win record as Karachi Kings and are only positioned second in the table on win rate. But they are virtually a new team with all their overseas player replaced. The biggest losses are 12-wicket leader Saqib Mahmood and middle-order rock Ravi Bopara. There is continuity in their new picks, however. The three West Indian selections cover all bases. We are particularly enamoured with Fabian Allen who is surely overdue a breakthrough season with a foreign franchise. Retaining a strong, tight record in the field should be achievable. All new recruits may miss at least the play-offs if they get there because of the South Africa-West Indies T20 series.

Possible XI Kamran Akmal, Imam, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Rutherford, Powell, Allen, Wahab, Umaid, Edwards, Irfan

Squad Wahab Riaz (capt), Abrar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Bismillah Khan, David Miller (partially available), Fabian Allen (partially available), Fidel Edwards (partially available), Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Rovman Powell, Waqar Salamkheil, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, Umaid Asif

Islamabad United 4g/6p - 3.55/2

In Usman Khawaja, Colin Munro
Out Alex Hales, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt
For 8.3 (=5th)
Against 8.1 (1st)

Analysis For a side which struggled for quick runs to lose Alex Hales is cruel. They have done their best to replace him with Usman Khawaja and Colin MUnro, but are they in the same class as opening thrusters? And how will the pair cope with stodgier conditions in the UAE? Where United are strong is with homegrown all-rounders. Faheem Ashraf and Shabab Khan are as good as it gets. They would certainly be wise to get Faheem, in terrific form, in as quickly as possible. They need a much-improved effort from Iftikhar Ahmed who is being left behind by the duo. He was sluggish with the bat and barely bowled. Their unaffected tight bowling group should ensure progress.

Possible XI Khawaja, Munro, Nazir, Asif Ali, Talat, Faheem, Iftikhar, Shadab, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Fawad

Squad Shadab Khan (capt), Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Ali Khan, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Akhlaq, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Usman Khawaja, Zafar Gohar, Zeeshan Zamee

Lahore Qalandars 4g/6p - 3.052/1

In James Faulkner, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson, Seekkuge Prasanna
Out David Wiese, Joe Denly, Tom Abell, Samit Patel
For 8.3 (=5th)
Against 8.7 (3rd)

Analysis Lahore have been boosted by the return of Rashid Khan after he was previously ruled out. It means that Lahore line up with most enviable bowling attack around. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf are superb pace options. They can also now add James Faulkner to the mix, who was brilliant in the last two Big Bash seasons. Callum Ferguson adds nous at No 3.

Possible XI Zaman, Sohail, Ferguson, Hafeez, Dunk, Salman, Faulkner, Rashid, Afridi, Rauf, Daniyal

Squad Sohail Akhtar (capt), Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, Callum Ferguson, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Seekkuge Prasana, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sultan Ahmed, Tim David, Zaid Alam and Zeeshan Ashraf

Multan Sultans 5g/2p - 9.08/1

Out Chris Lynn, James Vince, Carlos Brathwaite, Adam Lyth, Shahid Afridi
In Gurbaz, Linde, McCoy, Hetmyer, Hammad Azam
For 8.8 (3rd)
Against 9.1 (5th)

Analysis The Sultans have lost two big players in James Vince and Carlos Brathwaite. Vince was their second highest runscorer with 174 runs at 135 while Brathwaite was neat and tidy with the ball. Vicne's departure puts more pressure on Mohammad Rizwan, the top tournament runscorer. Still, Chris Lynn and Adam Lyth are hardly disastrous losses. Lynn had been awful while Lyth didn't play a game. South Africa all-rounder George Linde is also a very solid replacement for Brathwaite and we are prepping for taking big prices about him taking individual top runscorer honours. The really interesting capture, though, is Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The Afghan keeper could well open the batting with Rizwan so look out for top-bat value.

Possible XI Rizwan, Masood, Maqsood, Rossouw, Hetmyer, Kuhshdil, Linde, Sohail Khan, Qadir, Imran Tahir, Imran Khan,

Squad Mohammad Rizwan (capt), Hammad Azam, Imran Tahir, Imran Khan Snr, Johnson Charles, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Umar, Obed McCoy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Shahnawaz Dhani, Shan Masood, Shimron Hetmyer (partially available), Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, Waseem Muhammad

Quetta Gladiators 5g/2p - 15.014/1

Out Tom Banton, Dale Steyn, Ben Cutting, Chris Gayle, Naseem Shah
In Andre Russell, Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald
For 8.2 6th
Against 9.2 (6th)

Analysis Quetta have only one win in five. They are going to need to win at least three of their last five to stand a chance of the play-offs. But they have been largely unaffected by squad churn in a negative sense. Losing the ineffective Tom Banton and Dale Steyn and bringing in Andre Russell is an upgrade but Dre Russ will probably miss the play-offs. They were unfortunate with the coin flip in the first half of the tournament. Four times the chasing bias went against them and they lost. They did, however, manage to defend a target against Multan Sultans in Karachi (15 of last 17 won by bat second) which is some achievement.

Possible XI Du Plessis, Delport, Usman Khan, Saim Ayub, Sarfaraz, Russell, Nawaz, Shinwari, Qais, Hasnain, Anwar Ali

Squad Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt), Abdul Nasir, Andre Russell (partially available), Anwar Ali, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Hassan Khan, Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Saim Ayub, Usman Khan, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood, Zahir Khan


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