Islamabad United got off to a sizzling start in the PSL 6, winning three out of their four games before the tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19. After a few months of hiatus, the T20 extravaganza is all set to resume from June 1.
However, given the current situation, several overseas players pulled out of the league. To make up for the lost players, a replacement draft was organized where franchises roped in top overseas players who were willing to take part in the tournament. Islamabad United bought Usman Khawaja, Janneman Malan and Colin Munro for the remaining matches as replacements for Alex Hales, Lewis Gregory and Phil Salt.
Here is the SWOT analysis of the Islamabad United
Despite losing some of their key overseas players, Islamabad managed to rope in apt replacements. Usman Khawaja, Janneman Malan and Colin Munro will bolster their batting line up. All three are top-order batsmen, a department where Islamabad United seemed to be lacking. Another thing that makes Islamabad United a real contender is the number of all-rounders. Players like Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf add a lot of depth to the team.
Even though Islamabad United have a very strong batting, they somewhat lack quality in the bowling department. Hasan Ali is definitely in some very good form but apart from him, we don’t see a genuine wicket-taker in their team.
It’s a great opportunity for Pakistan’s young sensation Mohammad Wasim to make a case for himself. The 19-year-old is regarded as the future of the Pakistan team. He can bowl at a brisk pace and can also tonk the ball big. Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq labelled him as the quickest bowler in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and has pledged to groom him as a bowler.
Shadab Khan was ruled out of the South Africa and Zimbabwe series. If he doesn’t recover from his injury in time, Islamabad United doesn’t have a quilty backup spinner. They might also struggle to find a capable skipper.
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