Islamabad United will play 1st PSL 2 match against Peshawar Zalmi

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 | 0

The second edition of Pakistan Super League is so close and going to start in upcoming 9th February, 2017. This time, the tournament is known as PSL 2 or HBL PSL 2017 due to sponsorship reason. In the inaugural match of the tournament, defending champion Islamabad United will face Peshawar Zalmi which will be staged in 9th February, 2017 and Dubai International Cricket Stadium will be the host of the match. Like the first season of the tournament, this time also, the complete edition of PSL will be hosted outside of Pakistan and in that case, United Arab Emirates is going to arrange it. But, recently a news has come that the final match of PSL 2 will be hosted in Lahore, Pakistan though, the news yet to be confirmed.

Islamabad United will play 1st PSL 2 match against Peshawar Zalmi

However, Islamabad United is regarded as the most successful team of the tournament due to last season performance and they are going to start the new season of confidence. Misbah ul Haq is the current captain and probably Aussie all – rounder Shane Watson would be the icon player of the team. He also played in the last season of PSL. Besides, team Islamabad has already picked a number of overseas players in their team squad excluding Watson where English Sam Billings and Ben Duckett, Australian Brad Haddin, West Indies Dwayne Smith, Samuel Badree etc have included.

On the other hand, Peshawar Zalmi was one of four team which reached the playoff stage in last season of PSL but could not make it to the final. Their captain is Darren Sammy. This team is one of the most balanced team and has plenty of chance to win 2nd title of PSL. They have most dangerous batsmen Eoin Morgan who is the English captain along with the Tigers hard hitter Tamim Iqbal, Marlon Samuels. Besides, Tanmay Mishra, Samit Patel, Andre Fletcher and Chris Jordan also in their current team squad as the overseas players. So, hopefully their match will be contesting.

However, PSL is one of the newborn edition of short form cricket competition but the first edition of the tournament was quite successful. So, it would perhaps, PSL is going to be the most popular T20 cricket competition within very short time.

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