The third edition of the cash-rich T20 league will begin from Thursday
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to enter its third year, and the excitement is reaching its peak.With teams getting ready to put their authority over their oppositions, we are bringing you a list of five emerging players which everyone should keep an eye on in the tournament.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
The left-arm pacer is highly sought after product and is termed as the local ‘Mitchell Starc’. The 17-year-old had a brilliant U19 World Cup, because of which he managed to get a spot in the tournament’s eleven as well. In the PSL, he will get a chance to play under the leadership of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, which means he will get a chance to show his real colours. If Afridi went on to perform like he did in the U19 World Cup, he can make a real claim to be considered for the selection in the national team —sooner rather than later.
There was a time when Zafar Gohar was termed as the next big thing, but now he is no way near making return for the national side. However, surprisingly, he is still only 23 years old, which means he has time on his side. But his problem is that he is being picked by Islamabad United, where the likes of Shadab Khan and Samuel Badree will always going to be preferred over him, which means he will have fewer chances to show what he is exactly capable of.
Peshawar Zalmi’s Mohammad Asghar had two outstanding seasons for the franchise, and even just at the age of 19, he has the experience of 23 first-class games, 51 list A matches and 41 T20s. While defending the title without the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Shahid Afridi, Asghar’s role will be even greater this time around, and it will be interesting to see if he can once again live up to the expectations.
Azam Khan’s selection in the Quetta Gladiators’ squad caused a big controversy, as he is the son of the head coach and former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan. Famous for his hard-hitting, the eyes will be on Azam to live up to the expectations, as not only his, but also Moin’s reputation will be at stake when he will come out to bat.
Last in the list is Lahore Qalandar’s Raza Hasan, who just like Zafar Gohar, was termed as the next big thing to take it over from Saeed Ajmal after his retirement, but it was not to be as he was banned after testing positive in a dope test. This will be a great opportunity for Hasan to make a name for himself, and if he manages to live up to the expectations, there is no reason why he will not be reconsidered for the national team once again.