The 5th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is about to get underway on Thursday, February 20. The tournament opener will see defending champions Quetta Gladiators take on Islamabad United at the National Stadium in Karachi. The game will commence at 7:30 PM (IST).
Quetta Gladiators will begin the quest to defend their title as they take on Islamabad United in the first game of the tournament. Their batting line-up consists of some high profile names in the form of Shane Watson, Jason Roy and Umar Akmal who will look to score quick runs for their team. They also have some promising bowlers in their bowling arsenal like Naseem Shah, Fawad Ahmed, and Sohail Khan who have the ability to grab wickets.
On the other hand, Islamabad United made it to the playoffs last year but were knocked out by Peshawar Zalmi. They would like to right the wrongs from last year and win the coveted trophy.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain & Wicket-keeper), Shane Watson, Jason Roy, Ahmed Shehzad, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Fawad Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Zahid Mehmood.
Shadab Khan (Captain), Luke Ronchi (Wicket-keeper), Colin Munro, Dawid Malan, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Rumman Raees, Muhammad Musa, Amad Butt.
Wicketkeepers: Luke Ronchi
Batsmen: Colin Munro, Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, Shane Watson (Captain), Jason Roy (Vice-captain)
Bowlers: Fawad Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Hasnain
All-Rounder: Shadab Khan, Ben Cutting
Quetta Gladiators start off as favourites to win.