After weeks of build-up, the PSL’s most profitable franchise Islamabad United named 37-year previous Mohammad Sami as captain for the fourth version of the match. The defending champions and the winners of two of the three tournaments held so far had earlier appointed 20-year previous Shadab Khan as vice captain.
Sami has not performed for Pakistan since March 2016, with worldwide consistency proving elusive all through his profession. Within the PSL, nonetheless, Sami has discovered a wealthy vein wicket-takerrforming outstandingly all three seasons. He’s the second highest wickettaker throughout the Pakistan Tremendous League with 37 wickets in 27 matches, behind solely Wahab Riaz. He averages 17.43 – once more solely bettered by Wahab within the high 20, together with his economic system charge of 6.55 unmatched among the many high ten quick bowlers.
Upon announcement of the captain, Islamabad United proprietor Ali Naqvi mentioned: “Sami has at all times served the franchise with utmost respect and honour. He has at all times carried out himself in manner that defines us and has been one of many stars for the workforce over the previous three years, profitable a number of matches on his personal. Moreover, he has years of captaincy expertise – he has captained varied Karachi groups, on and off, for nearly a decade now, and has been profitable in that position.”
In flip, Mohammad Sami expressed his personal delight at being appointed captain, declaring himself “honoured and privileged” to be allowed the chance.
“It is an honour for me that Islamabad United and Ali Naqvi have chosen me to steer the franchise. I’ve at all times aimed to provide my all to the workforce, to repay the religion that they’ve vested in him, and I hope that I can rise to this problem too. I really feel privileged to have been given this chance and I hope that I’ll proceed Islamabad United’s custom of success.”
Islamabad United kick off the PSL on February 14, with the primary recreation of the match to be performed in Dubai in opposition to Lahore Qalandars.