Key foreign player
Kieron Pollard is well known to the fans of Karachi for those famous 12 runs off the final two balls in 2017 that took them through to the playoffs, but needless to say, he is no one-match wonder. From the Toronto Nationals to the Adelaide Strikers, he has become one of the giants of the T20 circuit right around the world, having played almost 450 games. The PSL is well-acquainted with his brutal hitting; he’s struck at over 161 across the seasons. And he has also brought that languid yet impossibly athletic boundary fielding which produces stunning catches. In Peshawar, under the leadership of a fellow West Indian, Pollard should feel right at home.
Under the radar local player
Nabi Gu, 21, may only have played a handful of games, but there’s plenty to indicate the following five weeks could be seminal in his career’s launch. Just six T20 innings provide little by way of a gauge as to the kind of player he is, but the 99 runs he’s scored have come off 74 balls, and a first-class average of 44.8 suggests batting quality. In a Peshawar side where the top order is a little thin, Nabi could find opportunities opening up for him.
Squad: Darren Sammy (capt) Kamran Akmal (wk), Andre Fletcher, Nabi Gul, Dawid Malan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohaib Maqsoon, Wayne Madsen, Liam Dawson, Kieron Pollard, Khalid Usman, Umar Amin, Wahab Riaz, Chris Jordan, Hasan Ali, Umaid Asif, Ibtisam Sheikh, Sameen Gul, Samiullah Afridi, Jamal Anwar
Management and coaching staff: Mohammad Akram (head coach), Younis Khan (batting coach and mentor), Saqlain Mushtaq (spin bowling consultant), Grant Luden (fielding coach and fitness trainer), Ibrahim Qureshi (assistant trainer) Brad Robinson (physio), Usman Hashim (analyst)