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PSL 2022: Imran, Rizwan script commanding win
Sports Bulletin KARACHI:-Multan Sultans began their title defence with a dominating seven-wicket win over Karachi Kings in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 opener thanks to Imran Tahir’s brilliant three for 16 and Mohammad Rizwan’s breezy 52 not out off 47. Imran’s crucial wickets of Sharjeel Khan in his first spell, and of Mohammad Nabi and Tom Lammonby in one over restricted Karachi to 124, which Multan overhauled with 10 balls spare. Other performers: Karachi’s Sharjeel hammered 43 off 31, clubbing three sixes and as many fours, in the 66-run opening stand with Babar Azam. Multan opener Shan Masood scored 26 off 18 to provide a solid start with a partnership worth 38 runs, before Rizwan and Sohaib Maqsood (30 off 31) added 63 for the second wicket. Quotes: Imran Tahir – It is a special feeling. I cannot put it in words. I am very happy I delivered what the team demanded of me and I hope my team and I continue to do what we did today. It is always good to be back in Pakistan. I am from here and my family is here. Hopefully, I will see all of my lovely friends after the tournament. We had a lovely crowd today, so I want to thank them for coming out to support us and the game of cricket, which is really nice to see in this sad time we are living in. I am looking forward to the next three weeks. Scores in brief: Karachi Kings 124-5, 20 overs (Sharjeel Khan 43, Joe Clarke 26, Babar Azam 23; Imran Tahir 3-16) Multan Sultans 126-3, 18.2 overs, (Mohammad Rizwan 52 not out, Sohaib Maqsood 30, Shan Masood 26; Mohammad Nabi 2-17)
Leading International Cricket Commentators join HBL PSL 2022
Sports Report KARACHI:-Some of the leading cricket commentators will call the HBL Pakistan Super League 7 action. The Pakistan Cricket Board today unveiled the commentators for the upcoming edition, which will commence at Karachi’s National Stadium from 27 January. Former England cricketer Nick Knight and Mike Haysman, the former first-class cricketer and now one of the most credible voices in world cricket, will mark their HBL PSL commentary debuts. This will be Haysman’s third visit to Pakistan in a year, after his stints in South Africa’s tour of Pakistan and the National T20 last year. Former England captain David Gower returns for his second consecutive stint after the legendary commentator made his appearance in the Karachi-leg of the 2021 edition. Former New Zealand and Zimbabwe pacers Danny Morrison (Lahore matches only) and Pommie Mbangwa (Karachi matches only) also join the HBL PSL commentary roaster once again. The Pakistan contingent of the commentators include former Pakistan cricketers Bazid Khan, Marina Iqbal, Sana Mir, Urooj Mumtaz and Waqar Younis, along with Tariq Saeed, the pioneer of Urdu commentary. The action will be called in both English and Urdu languages to bring both international and local audiences closer to action. Thirty High-Definition cameras along with buggy and drone cameras will embellish the viewing experience of the fans of the league in Pakistan and around the world. The Spider Cam will once again bring up and close experience with in-match chats between the players and commentators. Presenter Erin Holland also marks a return to the league. Sikander Bakht and Zainab Abbas will host the pre- and post-match shows. Cricket fans in Pakistan will be able to watch the HBL PSL 7 in high-definition on A Sports and PTV Sports, while viewers around the world can watch the action live on Willow TV (North America), Flow Sports (Caribbean), Sky Sports (United Kingdom), Sky Sport (New Zealand) and Super Sport (Africa).
PSL 2022: PCB announces reserve pool of players
Sports Report LAHORE:-The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a reserve pool of 19 players for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022, which will be played in Karachi and Lahore from 27 January to 27 February. Fifteen players will be part of the Managed Event Environment and will check-in in the team hotel on Friday, 21 January. The remaining four players will remain outside the Managed Event Environment and will be called-up in case of an emergency. The 15 players who will be part of the Managed Event Environment are: Aamer Jamal (Northern), Abrar Ahmad (Sindh), Amad Butt (Balochistan), Ammad Alam (Sindh), Bismillah Khan (Balochistan), Hassan Khan (Southern Punjab), Khalid Usman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Musadiq Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Nasir Nawaz (Northern), Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab), Tayyab Tahir (Southern Punjab), Umar Amin (Northern), Umar Siddiq (Southern Punjab), Usman Shinwari (Northern) and Waqas Maqsood (Central Punjab) Players outside the Managed Event Environment are: Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan), Omair bin Yousuf (Sindh), Saud Shakeel (Sindh) and Zahid Mahmood (Sindh) The initial list of players was put together by the franchisees, which was then reviewed by the Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim, who made slight changes by withdrawing Test players who are likely to participate in a training camp from next week for the series against Australia. The teams will be allowed to select players of their choice from the reserve pool of players on medical grounds only and will require Technical Committee’s approval.
HERO CPL VIEWERSHIP PASSES 500 MILLION ONCE AGAIN
Sports Desk ISLAMABAD:-The viewership of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) passed the half a billion mark for the second successive season in 2021 with strong numbers across the globe. The total viewership was 517.4 million across linear TV and digital channels. The 2021 Hero CPL took place in St Kitts & Nevis with all 33 matches taking place at Warner Park, Basseterre. The home franchise, the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, emerged victorious in a thrilling final against the Saint Lucia Kings, which was the most watched game of the tournament with the semi-final between the Patriots and Guyana Amazon Warriors the second most viewed match. Once again it was India that represented the largest linear TV viewership with the Caribbean close behind. There were major broadcast deals across the globe. In India, Star and Fancode shared the linear and digital broadcast and ensured CPL became the second most watched league after the IPL. In the Caribbean Sportsmax and the major local stations showed the games. BT Sport in the UK, Fox Sports in Australia, Willow in the USA and Sky in New Zealand were the other major global networks to broadcast CPL. The tournament was also streamed on Hero CPL’s social media channels, ensuring the CPL could be watched anywhere in the world. The total viewership of 517.4million sees the Hero CPL maintaining the big boost in coverage that the tournament received in 2020, once again showing the worldwide appetite for ‘The Biggest Party in Sport’. The 2021 broadcast featured a number of innovations including virtual pitch advertising, live player tracking and the use of Sportcor’s Kookaburra Smart Ball for the first time in a live tournament setting. Pete Russell, Hero CPL’s CEO, said: “We were delighted to pass the 500 million viewer mark set in 2020 and to maintain that figure for 2021 when we were competing with so many other sports, is a fantastic achievement. These figures show where the Hero CPL sits in world cricket with the tournament now being amongst the most watched cricket leagues in the world. We very much looking forward to continuing this fantastic success in 2022 and promise to continue to innovate and deliver unforgettable viewing experiences.”
Rizwan v Sarfaraz: face-off of two best wicketkeepers in HBL PSL 7
Sports Report LAHORE:-Pakistan boast a rich cricketing history and over decades the country has produced top-class wicketkeepers. Their athleticism and outstanding glovework has left an indelible mark on the game and earned them recognition wherever the game is played. This HBL Pakistan Super League will once again see two of the best contemporary wicketkeeper-batters from Pakistan lead their sides as Sultans of Multan will march behind Mohammad Rizwan and Gladiators of Quetta behind Sarfaraz Ahmed. Rizwan has had a superlative 2021. He rewrote the history books by becoming the only batter in the history of the game to score over a thousand T20I runs in a calendar year, smashing 1,326 runs at a staggering average of 73.66 and a strike rate of 134.89. He spanked 119 fours and 42 maximums – both the most for any international batter that year – and scored his maiden century and 12 half-centuries. His extraordinary run earned him PCB’s Most Valuable Cricket and T20I Cricketer of the Year awards for 2021. He joined the Sultans’ camp in the 2021 edition and was quick to make a mark by leading them to their maiden title. Sarfaraz has been at the forefront of Pakistan’s T20 revolution, leading the side to record series wins and guiding them to the no.1 spot in the ICC T20I Team Rankings in the process. It is because of his outstanding record at the helm for both Pakistan and Quetta Gladiators that he remains the only player to be leading his franchise since the outset of the league. He has the seventh most runs (1,189 at 31.28 at a strike rate of 128.26) in the tournament. Multan Sultans made their entry in the HBL PSL festival in 2018. After struggling to leave a mark in their first two seasons, Sultans emerged as a force in 2020 – the first time an entire edition of the tournament was played in Pakistan – when they finished the group stage as the best side with six wins, the most for any side, from eight completed matches. In the last edition, with Rizwan at the helm, Sultans made history by bagging their maiden HBL PSL title with a fascinating win over Peshawar Zalmi in the final at Abu Dhabi. Quetta Gladiators have been one of the most consistent sides. They are one of the three sides to have won more than 50 per cent matches in the tournament’s history. They played the finals of the first two editions; before bagging the title in 2019. Their returns in the last two editions have not done justice to the expectations of theirs and league’s fans, and the Sarfaraz-led unit will be eager to overturn their fortunes when the seventh HBL PSL kicks off in Karachi on 27 January. Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators have faced-off seven times with the latter coming out victorious four times. They will meet on 31 January and 18 February. Quetta Gladiators’ captain Sarfaraz Ahmed: “The HBL PSL has proved to be an exceptional platform in unveiling the national talent and Quetta Gladiators have been blessed to have extraordinary youngsters. It has been a delightful experience to lead Quetta Gladiators for the last six years. There have been ups and downs, but the team has stuck together in tough times and every player has backed each other. “Multan Sultans have been on a roll in the last two seasons, but I am sure we will be able to stop them in HBL PSL 7. They emerged as an attacking and modern-day cricketing unit under Rizwan, who continues to score runs and do wonders for whoever he plays. He is a great addition to Pakistan cricket and his stratospheric 2021 has made each and every Pakistani proud. Multan Sultans’ captain Mohammad Rizwan: “I joined the Sultans’ camp last year and it has been a great experience to work with such an exciting bunch of cricketers. It is certainly a huge responsibility to lead a side like Multan Sultans, but the effort that everyone, from the players to support staff, put in make my job easy. I am eager to do well in this season and stretch my last year’s form. “Quetta Gladiators are a tough side and they can defeat any team. We have immense respect for them and are looking forward to play them. Squads (in alphabetical order): Multan Sultans - Mohammad Rizwan (c), Abbas Afridi, Amir Azmat, Anwar Ali, Asif Afridi, Blessing Muzarabani, David Willey, Ihsanullah, Imran Khan Snr, Imran Tahir, Khushdil Shah, Odean Smith/Johnson Charles, Rilee Rossouw, Rizwan Hussain, Rovman Powell/Dominic Drakes, Rumman Raees, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Sohaib Maqsood and Tim David Quetta Gladiators – Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, Ahsan Ali, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ghulam Mudassar, Iftikhar Ahmed, James Faulkner, James Vince/Will Smeed, Jason Roy/Shimron Hetmyer, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Muhammad Ashar Qureshi, Naseem Shah, Naveen ul Haq/Luke Wood, Noor Ahmad/Ali Imran, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Akmal
NCOC allows 25 per cent crowds for HBL PSL 2022 Karachi-leg matches
Sports Bulletin KARACHI:-The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has approved 25 per cent crowd attendance for the HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 Karachi-leg matches, which will be played at the National Stadium from 27 January to 7 February. The decision means around 8,000 spectators will be allowed inside the venue each match day. However, to ensure their health and safety as well as others attending the matches, the spectators’ entry will be subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, which are: ·       Individuals above the age of 12 years must be fully vaccinated ·       Valid vaccination certificates must be shown at the time gaining access to the stadium ·       Wearing of masks inside the venue is mandatory ·       Anyone violating the NCOC guidelines shall be liable to be evicted out of the stadium PCB Chief Operating Officer and HBL PSL Tournament Director Salman Naseer: “Spectators are the essence of any sport event and in this background, we now hope to set the stage with 25 per cent crowds to attend the Karachi matches of the HBL PSL 2022. “As a responsible organisation, we completely understand our obligations in relation to health and safety of the fans and will leave no stone unturned in strictly implementing the NCOC guidelines. “However, we will also require complete and unconditional support from the spectators so that they and others can continue to enjoy the matches in a safe and secure environment. This is something they can do by simply following the guidelines.” The NCOC will make a decision closer to time for the Lahore-leg matches scheduled in the Gaddafi, which will be played from 10-27 February.
HBL-PSL 2022: Sri Lankan man Ranjan Madugalle to referee 7th edition annual fixture
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD (January 18, 2022):-Sri Lankan national, chief Match Referee of International Cricket Council (ICC) Ranjan Madugalle will act as referee first time in the history of Pakistan Super League (PSL), as he will make debut in the seventh edition of the PCB’s marquee event, which will be held in Karachi from 27 January to 7 February and then from 10-27 February in Lahore. Madugalle played 21 Tests and 63 ODIs for Sri Lanka from 1979 to 1988 and has refereed in 125 Twenty20 Internationals. This is in addition to the 201 Tests and 370 ODIs he has refereed since joining the ICC’s elite panel of match referees in 1993. Madugalle has been a regular visitor to Pakistan for international assignments, with his last visit being in January 2020 for the three T20Is against Bangladesh. Apart from Aleem Dar, Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth of the ICC’s elite panel of umpires, local umpires to share umpiring responsibilities include Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Khan Afridi, Imtiaz Iqbal, Imran Jawed, Nasir Hussain, Rashid Riaz, Shozab Raza and Waleed Yaqub. All are members of the PCB’s elite panel of umpires. Match referees (5): Ali Naqvi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Javed Malik, Ranjan Madugalle and Roshan Mahanama. Umpires (12) - Ahsan Raza, Aleem Dar, Asif Yaqoob, Faisal Khan Afridi,  Imtiaz Iqbal, Imran Jawed, Michael Gough, Nasir Hussain, Rashid Riaz, Richard Illingworth, Shozab Raza and Waleed Yaqub
Babar v Shaheen: a fierce battle ready to unfold: PSL to start from January 27 at Karachi
ALI AHMED Lahore January 18, 2022):-The HBL Pakistan Super League has thrown up riveting rivalries since its outset. It has pitted the best of the world against each other, and international teammates have come face to face which has made for fantastic viewing for the fans around the world. The seventh edition of the HBL PSL, which will be played from 27 January till 27 February, will present the fans more such exciting competitions and one of the most sought-after face-off will be between the country’s best batter and pacer – Karachi Kings’ Babar Azam and Lahore Qalandars’ Shaheen Afridi. Both cricketers have been an integral part of the national team’s set-up and played a crucial role for the side in a record-breaking 2021 in which Pakistan won 20 T20Is – the most by any team in a calendar year. They enter the HBL PSL 7 in red-hot form. Babar added 1,779 to his tally of 7,471 T20 runs in the last year and was the second best batter – in terms of runs – behind his Pakistan opening partner Mohammad Rizwan. The right-hander struck two centuries and 18 half-centuries, averaged over 48 and scored his runs at a strike rate of 131.38. Shaheen was one of the four pacers to take more than 50 T20 wickets in 2021. The left-armer’s thunderbolts added 51 scalps – at 21.50 runs apiece – to his account at a strike rate of 16.4. He leaked 7.82 runs, on average, in 2021 – which is a testimony to his extraordinary control in all phases of the innings, considering how unforgiving this format has been for bowlers. Babar and Shaheen have faced-off seven times in the HBL PSL and the honours have somewhat remained even. Shaheen has bowled 46 deliveries to Babar in which he has gotten him out once – bowled, off stump knocked over, in the last HBL PSL. Babar has scored 73 against Shaheen, hitting 12 fours. Babar is yet to smack Shaheen for a maximum. The two are expected to meet in the powerplay and both boast extraordinary record in the first six overs in an innings in HBL PSL. Shaheen’s economy of 6.66 is the best amongst the pacers with at least 10 wickets and Babar averages a staggering 77.42 – the highest for a batter with 500 runs in this phase – and has only been dismissed seven times in 34 innings. What further spices up the rivalry between these two is the fact that Babar and Shaheen will be leading their sides after the 21-year-old pacer was recently appointed as Lahore Qalandars’ captain. When the two sides meet at Karachi’s National Stadium on 30 January and Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on 18 February, Lahore Qalandars will hope to improve their head-to-head against Karachi Kings as the Qalandars have won five off the 13 games (one decided on Super Over) and lost all others. Karachi Kings’ captain Babar Azam: “The HBL PSL has played a phenomenal role in the growth and development of Pakistan cricketers. I first began to open in competitive T20 cricket in HBL PSL and it helped immensely in my transformation. “Facing Shaheen is always a thrilling proposition as he asks a lot of questions. His searing pace, ability to bring the ball back and guileful variations keep a batter judging. He has a passion to learn and, over the years, has developed this phenomenal ability to adapt to conditions quickly. “It will be a tough, but an exciting battle and I look forward to facing Shaheen once again. I am sure, the fans are also eagerly awaiting it.” Lahore Qalandars’ captain Shaheen Afridi: “The HBL PSL has been a launching pad for me and many fast bowlers. You want to play tough and competitive cricket at the domestic level to help you prepare for the international stage and that is exactly what this league has done for me. That five for four against Multan Sultans at Dubai instilled self-belief and gave confidence that I can excel. “Babar is a tough cookie and his solid technique tests you whenever and wherever you bowl at him. Wearing a soft smile on his face, he will dispatch you to boundary in every part of the ground and nullify all your plans. “The battle with Babar will be an interesting one in front of both Karachi and Lahore crowds. I will be enjoying it for sure and I hope the fans will also have fun watching it.” Squads: Karachi Kings – Babar Azam (c), Amir Yamin, Chris Jordan, Faisal Akram, Imad Wasim, Joe Clarke, Jordan Thompson, Lewis Gregory, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Nabi, Muhammad Imran, Qasim Akram/Mohammad Taha, Rohail Nazir, Romario Shepherd, Sahibzada Farhan, Sharjeel Khan, Talha Ahsan, Tom Abell/Ian Cockbain and Umaid Asif Lahore Qalandars – Shaheen Shah Afridi (c), Abdullah Shafiq, Ahmed Daniyal, Akif Javed, Dawid Wiese, Dean Foxcroft, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Harry Brook, Imran Randhawa, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hafeez, Maaz Khan, Phil Salt/Ben Dunk, Rashid Khan, Samit Patel, Sohail Akhtar, Syed Faridoun, Zaman Khan and Zeeshan Ashraf
Fans to nominate Hamaray Heroes for HBL PSL 7
Sports Bulletin LAHORE (January 17, 2022):-Pakistan cricket fans will have an opportunity to nominate their favourite personalities, who will be recognised by the Pakistan Cricket Board under the Hamaray Heroes initiative during the HBL Pakistan Super League 7 from 27 January to 27 February. The fans can submit their suggestions by completing a nominations form, available on the HBL PSL website, and submitting before 23 January. The final list will be submitted to a panel comprising the PCB Board of Governors members and 34 candidates with maximum nominations will be rewarded remotely during the tournament whose first 15 matches will be played in the Karachi-leg and 19 matches in the Lahore-leg. The fans will have a chance to pick their favourite personalities from different walks of life, such as such as sports, education, healthcare, art, culture, music, social work, social entrepreneurship and technology, with the PCB using its brand and reach to appreciate these individuals for their contributions and enhancing the image of the country. The HBL PSL fans can shine a light on the heroes by nominating them in one or several categories. They can be people or organisations who directly help others, whose work is improving the wellbeing of others, or whose achievements are inspiring others. The campaign was introduced in the HBL PSL 2020 and received an overwhelming response as the initiative rewarded prominent Pakistan stars, where Kabaddi player Imran Butt, Founder of ACF Animal Rescue Ayesha Chundrigar, Mountain Climber Nazir Sultan, Professional eSports Player Arslan Ash and Filmmaker Faheem Azvi.
History of the HBL Pakistan Super League
Report: Ali Ahmed LAHORE (January 16, 2022):-The HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 will be held in Karachi and Lahore from 27 January to 27 February with some of the world’s best shortest format players in action in the 34-match competition. The HBL PSL has evolved and come a long way since its inception in 2016 and has now become a global brand that not only unites the nation but also attracts some of the biggest and most respected commercial entities. The recent landmark commercial agreements signed for the 2022 and 2023 events is a case in point and speaks volumes of this event’s value and significance. The first edition that was competed by five sides was played from start to finish in the United Arab Emirates, while the final of the 2017 tournament was staged at the Gaddafi Stadium. In 2018, Multan Sultans joined as the sixth side and the two Eliminators were played in Lahore while the final was staged in Karachi. Eight matches of the 2019 edition took place in Karachi, whereas all 34 matches of the 2020 tournament were held across four Pakistan venues. In 2021, 14 matches were played in Karachi and the remaining 20 were staged in Abu Dhabi in June after the event had to be suspended in March following Covid-19 outbreak within the teams. The 2022 event is planned in Karachi and Lahore, and promises to be as exciting as the last six editions. Below is a quick history of the previous HBL PSL events that has not only produced high-quality cricket but has given world cricket some of the most entertaining and exciting players of this era. HBL PSL 2016: Islamabad United made history when they beat Quetta Gladiators in the final of the inaugural edition of the HBL PSL to become the first-ever side to lift the silverware. Islamabad cruised past the 175-run target for the loss of four wickets with eight balls spare at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. West Indian Dwayne Smith was named the player-of-the-match for his scintillating 73 (51 balls, 7 fours, 4 sixes). Karachi Kings’ all-rounder Ravi Bopara was named the player-of-the-tournament for his all-round contributions (329 runs at 54.83, 11 wickets at 13.81). The tournament was played on a double-league basis. Peshawar Zalmi topped the standings at the end of the round-robin stage but lost out on a place in the final after losing both their play-offs to Quetta and Islamabad, respectively. Qalandars’ Umar Akmal topped the batting charts, finishing with 335 runs in seven innings while United’s Andre Russell topped the bowling charts with 16 wickets in 10 games. HBL PSL 2017: Zalmi outclassed Gladiators in a one-sided final at the Gaddafi Stadium to lift the glittering HBL PSL 2017 trophy. Batting first in the final, Zalmi posted 148 for six in their 20 overs. Gladiators were dismissed for 90 runs in reply to lose their second consecutive final. Sammy was named the player-of-the-match for his match turning unbeaten 28 off 11 balls (three sixes, one four) and astute leadership. Kamran Akmal with 353 runs in 11 games including a century in the play-off against Kings and 12 dismissals behind the stumps was declared the player-of-the-tournament. He also bagged best batsman and best wicketkeeper of the tournament awards. Kings’ Sohail Khan, with 16 wickets, topped the bowling charts, while Wahab finished on the second-spot on the bowling charts for the second consecutive time collecting 15 wickets in 10 games. HBL PSL 2018: United reclaimed the title when they defeated Zalmi by three wickets in an exciting final at the National Stadium. Batting first, Zalmi posted 148 for nine with United chasing down the target with 19 balls to spare. Luke Ronchi capped off his player-of-the-match performances with a brilliant 52 off 26 balls (four fours, five sixes). Ronchi scored 435 runs in 11 games to be adjudged player-of-the-tournament.  Faheem Ashraf doubled United’s joy with a bowler-of-the-tournament performance (18 wickets in 12 matches). HBL PSL 2019: It was a case of third time lucky for the Gladiators as they finally lifted the trophy at the National Stadium after defeating Zalmi by eight wickets. Batting first, Zalmi posted 138 for eight as speedster Mohammad Hasnain and the richly experienced T20 globe-trotter Dwayne Bravo shared five wickets between them. Ahmed Shehzad and Rilee Rossouw saw off the chase with an unbroken 73-run third-wicket partnership to give Gladiators a much awaited HBL PSL title. Ahmed scored 58 off 51 balls while Rossouw made 39 off 32 balls. Gladiators’ Australian import Shane Watson dazzled with the bat with a 430-run tally in 12 innings at 43.00 and a strike-rate of 143.81. Kamran was once again the mainstay for Zalmi producing 357 runs in 13 innings, while United’s Cameron Delport stood third with 355 runs in 12 innings. Hasan Ali had a magnificent season for Zalmi; the right-arm-pacer took 25 wickets in 13 games. Faheem took 21 in 12 games for the United while Wahab was once again among the top three, finishing the tournament with a 17-wicket tally in 13 matches. Team of HBL PSL 2019, selected by an independent panel, was (in batting order): 1-Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators), 2-Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper) (Peshawar Zalmi), 3-Babar Azam (Karachi Kings), 4-AB de Villiers (captain) (Lahore Qalandars), 5-Colin Ingram (Karachi Kings), 6-Asif Ali (Islamabad United), 7-Kieron Pollard (Peshawar Zalmi), 8-Faheem Ashraf (Islamabad United), 9-Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi), 10-Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi), 11-Umer Khan (Karachi Kings). Sandeep Lamichhane (12th, Lahore Qalandars) HBL PSL 2020: Babar Azam had an event to remember when hit a 49-ball 63 to guide Karachi Kings to their maiden title when they defeated Lahore Qalandars by five wicket at the National Stadium. In pursuit of a 135-run target, Kings reached victory with eight balls and five wickets to spare. Babar was later judged player of the final, best batsman of the tournament and player-of-the-tournament. Qalandars’ Shaheen Shah Afridi won the Best bowler of the HBL PSL 2020 award with 17 scalps – the most in the edition –and Ben Dunk won the Best wicketkeeper of the HBL PSL 2020 award for accounting for nine batsmen behind the stumps. Peshawar Zalmi’s Haider Ali was declared as the Emerging Player of the HBL PSL 2020 as he scored an impressive 239 runs at a strike rate of over 157. HBL PSL Team of 2020, selected by an independent panel, was (in batting order) – 1-Babar Azam (Karachi Kings), 2-Chris Lynn (Lahore Qalandars), 3-Alex Hales (Karachi Kings), 4-Haider Ali (Peshawar Zalmi), 5-Mohammad Hafeez (Lahore Qalandars), 6-Shadab Khan (captain, Islamabad United), 7-Ben Dunk (wicketkeeper, Lahore Qalandars), 8-David Wiese (Lahore Qalandars), 9-Mohammad Amir (Karachi Kings), 10-Shaheen Shah Afridi (Lahore Qalandars), 11-Mohammad Hasnain (Quetta Gladiators). Fakhar Zaman (12th, Lahore Qalandars) HBL PSL 2021: Multan Sultans became the fifth team to win the HBL PSL when they defeated Peshawar Zalmi at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi by 47 runs. Batting first, Sultans scored a record 206 for four that revolved around Sohaib Maqsood’s 65 not out and Rilee Rossouw’s 50. In turn, Zalmi finished at 159 for nine with Imran Tahir collecting three for 33 and, Blessing Muzarabani and Imran Khan picking up two wickets apiece conceding 26 and 27 runs, respectively. Sohaib Maqsood not only earned a Pakistan call-up for the England and West Indies tours for his 428 runs, he also walked away with the player of the final, best batsman of HBL PSL 2021 and player of HBL PSL awards. Multan Sultans’ Shahnawaz Dahani won the best bowler of HBL PSL 2021 for his 20 wickets and was also adjudged Best Emerging Cricketer of HBL PSL 2021, while Sultan’s captain Mohammad Rizwan was declared best wicketkeeper for his 20 dismissals. The Team of HBL PSL 2021, selected by an independent panel, was (in batting order): 1- Hazratullah Zazai (Peshawar Zalmi), 2-Babar Azam (Karachi Kings), 3-Colin Munro (Islamabad United), 4-Sohaib Maqsood (Multan Sultans), 5-Mohammad Rizwan (captain, wicketkeeper)(Multan Sultans), 6-Asif Ali (Islamabad United), 7-Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi), 8-Rashid Khan (Lahore Qalandars), 9-Hasan Ali (Islamabad United), 10-Shaheen Shah Afridi (Lahore Qalandars), 11-Shahnawaz Dahani (Multan Sultans). James Faulkner (12th, Lahore Qalandars).