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    Islamabad United 2018 Squad and Discussion Thread

    Platinum Diamond Gold Silver Emerging Supplementary
    Misbah-ul-Haq © Samuel Badree Rumman Raees Iftikhar Ahmed Sahibzada Farhan Alex Hales
    Andre Russell Mohammad Sami Shadab Khan Amad Butt Hussain Talat David Willey
    JP Duminy Luke Ronchi Faheem Ashraf Asif Ali Rohail Nazir Mohammad Hasan
    Sam Billings Mohammad Hasnain
    Zafar Gohar
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 29th December 2017 at 10:28.


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    But...but... Misbah doesn't pick youngsters.

    Strong contingent of young Pakistani players: Rumman, Shadab, Faheem, Amad, Asif Ali, Sahibzada, Talat, Zafar.

    Some decent international selections. Not sure why people are giving IU stick for selecting Ronchi. He was on fire in CPL and IU need some experienced hands to guide the youngsters.

    Only selection I can't forgive is cha-cha Ifti.

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    Some final local picks made in Zafar, Fahim, Sahibzada & Talat.

    However, Misbah is past it as a batsman and his slow batting could screw up this side.


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    Decent squad, especially delighted that we snapped Sahbizada Farhan! @Red Devil I remember us discussing him as an ideal replacement for the rattle manj


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    But...but... Misbah doesn't pick youngsters.

    Strong contingent of young Pakistani players: Rumman, Shadab, Faheem, Amad, Asif Ali, Sahibzada, Talat, Zafar.

    Some decent international selections. Not sure why people are giving IU stick for selecting Ronchi. He was on fire in CPL and IU need some experienced hands to guide the youngsters.

    Only selection I can't forgive is cha-cha Ifti.
    Chacha is there to keep Misbah company.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    But...but... Misbah doesn't pick youngsters.

    Strong contingent of young Pakistani players: Rumman, Shadab, Faheem, Amad, Asif Ali, Sahibzada, Talat, Zafar.

    Some decent international selections. Not sure why people are giving IU stick for selecting Ronchi. He was on fire in CPL and IU need some experienced hands to guide the youngsters.

    Only selection I can't forgive is cha-cha Ifti.
    pleasantly surprised by ISLU picks this year.the best squad.

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    Mohammad Sami is still going at it, he's probably still in the top 3 quickest bowlers in Pak


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Looks the strongest team of the competition.

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    Bowling is a bit thin but good to see all the young players.


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    I think they have the best team.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Bowling is a bit thin but good to see all the young players.
    True but this should mean Amad/Faheem/Talat get opportunities to bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    True but this should mean Amad/Faheem/Talat get opportunities to bowl.
    Yeah, their allrounders should make up for it. They have Russel as well.


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    Some good picks. Hopefully Sahibzada Farhan and Hussain Talat get a good run in the side and perform. They are the sort of players we need in the Pakistan team right now. These guys coming good will be great for Pakistan. Add Amad Butt to that list as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    pleasantly surprised by ISLU picks this year.the best squad.
    Waqar/Deano deserve credit for this. Wasim has moved to MS and we saw what he selected.

    Waqar had the right idea as Pakistan coach but lacked the know-how. Working with Deano at IU will be good for him.

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    The most exciting team for me many upcoming young stars in the squad!


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    1. Ronchi - wk - f
    2. Farhan - e
    3. Talat - e
    4. Dumminy - f
    5. Misbah - c
    6. Andre Russel - f
    7. Faheem
    8. Shabab
    9. Sami
    10. Ruman
    11. Badree - f

    Sadly though i expect to see Chacha Ifti over Talat

    This is the most rounded squad though


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    we're looking good this season..some of the other teams will really be up against it if we click..really pleased with this squad..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Waqar/Deano deserve credit for this. Wasim has moved to MS and we saw what he selected.

    Waqar had the right idea as Pakistan coach but lacked the know-how. Working with Deano at IU will be good for him.
    They have an actual bowling coach now instead of "lock your wrist and flick it."


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    Islamabad looking so good this year. I cannot believe this is Islamabad United of the PSL! Never imagined that Wasim's departure would do Isloo this good.

    For Pakistan cricket's sake I hope these guys get into the finals. They have a lot of upcoming Pakistani players in the squad.

    My dream final would be : Lahore Qalanders vs Islamabad United. It would do Pak cricket's progress a world of good!


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    The best squad of PSL3 by far.

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    Misbah should have been in coaching staff, rest team is fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShahidDar08 View Post
    Misbah should have been in coaching staff, rest team is fine
    Could be Misbah's last PSL as a player.


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    Hope to see hussain talat, farhan and amad are given the whole psl rather then just a game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    But...but... Misbah doesn't pick youngsters.

    Strong contingent of young Pakistani players: Rumman, Shadab, Faheem, Amad, Asif Ali, Sahibzada, Talat, Zafar.

    Some decent international selections. Not sure why people are giving IU stick for selecting Ronchi. He was on fire in CPL and IU need some experienced hands to guide the youngsters.

    Only selection I can't forgive is cha-cha Ifti.
    How many games were Kamran Ghulam, Amad Butt and Hussain Talat were given in the 2 years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    But...but... Misbah doesn't pick youngsters.

    Strong contingent of young Pakistani players: Rumman, Shadab, Faheem, Amad, Asif Ali, Sahibzada, Talat, Zafar.

    Some decent international selections. Not sure why people are giving IU stick for selecting Ronchi. He was on fire in CPL and IU need some experienced hands to guide the youngsters.

    Only selection I can't forgive is cha-cha Ifti.
    Misbah and Wasim had no hand in the picks this year. Made a huge difference. Not blaming Misbah but it's something noticeable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistanigoneaussie View Post
    1. Ronchi - wk - f
    2. Farhan - e
    3. Talat - e
    4. Dumminy - f
    5. Misbah - c
    6. Andre Russel - f
    7. Faheem
    8. Shabab
    9. Sami
    10. Ruman
    11. Badree - f

    Sadly though i expect to see Chacha Ifti over Talat

    This is the most rounded squad though
    Chacha can do a job,,

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    Expecting us to win again. Frankly, this squad has no competition especially considering you're being skippered by a legend.

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    Most balanced squad of PSL. Very intelligent picks by Isloo this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressPacer View Post
    Expecting us to win again. Frankly, this squad has no competition especially considering you're being skippered by a legend.
    Karacahi will give u tough time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    How many games were Kamran Ghulam, Amad Butt and Hussain Talat were given in the 2 years?
    Why do you ignore Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees ? Are they not youngsters or also part of chacha brigade ?

    PZ and MS are worse when it comes to failure to blood youngsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressPacer View Post
    Expecting us to win again. Frankly, this squad has no competition especially considering you're being skippered by a legend.
    Well going by his performances in BPL, that legend will be a liability as a batsmen and dare I say the weakest link in Islamabad's line up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenstorm View Post
    Well going by his performances in BPL, that legend will be a liability as a batsmen and dare I say the weakest link in Islamabad's line up.
    Agreed. His innings in the BPL thus far have been ordinary, but not too bad. I expect him to get more consistent and score more fluently with more match practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    Karacahi will give u tough time.
    IU will apart through Karachi's batting. The weakest batting side in all of PSL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Why do you ignore Shadab Khan and Rumman Raees ? Are they not youngsters or also part of chacha brigade ?

    PZ and MS are worse when it comes to failure to blood youngsters.
    I didn't include Shadab Khan on purpose. Hope you can figure it out why. As for rumman he is a t20 special and for that i will give him credit. I am Talking in general. I never said the other teams are any better. But, the injustice some of these guys recieved stands out as they are talented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    Chacha can do a job,,
    he can just not better than anyone else in the 11


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    Good team, not sure how well a 50 year old captain will do on the field though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    Misbah and Wasim had no hand in the picks this year. Made a huge difference. Not blaming Misbah but it's something noticeable.
    Yes and Misbah had no hand in the picks last year either, when Shadab, Rumman, Amad, Asif Ali, Talat played.

    He also had no hands in the free picks for Faisalabad in the National t20 cup when he made Sahibzada his first pick.

    Come on, stop using this pseudo logic just because you dislike the guy. Criticise him when he makes mistakes but don't have a one size fits all agenda.

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    They can pick a world class team from this squad. Easily the most exciting team to watch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    But...but... Misbah doesn't pick youngsters.

    Strong contingent of young Pakistani players: Rumman, Shadab, Faheem, Amad, Asif Ali, Sahibzada, Talat, Zafar.

    Some decent international selections. Not sure why people are giving IU stick for selecting Ronchi. He was on fire in CPL and IU need some experienced hands to guide the youngsters.

    Only selection I can't forgive is cha-cha Ifti.
    But Cha cha Ifti is also a youngster only 25-26 years old.


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    A very solid squad though, strong bowling line-up, decent middle order and some raw talent.


    "And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe" - Surah Ibrahim (14:7)

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    Haters running out of things to feed their delusions. Misbah is clearly motivated for the best for Pakistan Cricket, as he always has been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressPacer View Post
    Haters running out of things to feed their delusions. Misbah is clearly motivated for the best for Pakistan Cricket, as he always has been.
    Such as selecting rifit uncle?

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    IU has gotten a lot flak for being an old house.
    The truth is most of the guys who have graduated to the international level have come from IU. Guys like Rumman, Shadab, Sharjeel(gone now). This year hopefully it will be, Fahim, Amad, Talat, Zafar, Hasan who will go a new level in their game.

    Ronchi, Farhan, Talat, Badree, Iftikhar and Hales are Misbah's picks from what I can see or atleast recommendations.

    Qalanders and United have provided us with the most newcomers. In contrast, Quetta, Peshawar and Karachi have been methodical with their selections.
    Hasan Ali, Nawaz and Shinwari have been the only 3 guys to have made it to the international team from these teams. Quetta have been persisting with failures like Shafiq and Zulfiqar babar who wouldn't be of much use to Pakistan in t20is. Peshawar have relied on the tried and tested guys like Hafeez, Kamran etc while Karachi have been the team with a lot of middle order players and allrounders-sort.

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    Ronchi (would have gone with Billings but he will be on national duty)
    Sahibzada
    Talat
    JP
    Misbah
    Russell
    Faheem/Amad/Gohar
    Shadab
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    Bowling is really strong with different opitions. Also batting is strong with lots of power down the order and depth in batting. Unlike other franchises they have backed youth a lot. Well balanced squad with no glaring weakness.

    Credit to Dean,Waqar,and Misbah for assembling this squad. Islamabad is my team, with this team I'm confident we can win the tournament which will be a miserable day for Misbah haters especially some on this forum.

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    IU squad is very good, but I feel their biggest weakness is Misbah. He is quite good as Captain, but I watched some part of BPL, where he is struggling big time - overall PSL attack is better, therefore I am not sure how IU can accommodate a Captain and probably No. 5 like him, who should start all 10 matches. I was expecting him to retire last year, but looks like he'll continue till 45 at least. Other than that, if everyone available - really good team. Comparing IU & MS, I probably now realize between Deano & Wasim, who was instrumental in IU's raise..... Also, almost certainly both Talat & Farhan will start every match as they don't have too many in top order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Yes and Misbah had no hand in the picks last year either, when Shadab, Rumman, Amad, Asif Ali, Talat played.

    He also had no hands in the free picks for Faisalabad in the National t20 cup when he made Sahibzada his first pick.

    Come on, stop using this pseudo logic just because you dislike the guy. Criticise him when he makes mistakes but don't have a one size fits all agenda.
    I have never disliked the guy. In fact he is from my area. Just noted how different the team is this year when some of the old staff isn't there. The things you mentioned above is the reason I said I do not blame Misbah.


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    This is Misbah's last PSL as a player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    This is Misbah's last PSL as a player.
    That much is obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    They have an actual bowling coach now instead of "lock your wrist and flick it."
    Natural talent. Not so natural coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    IU squad is very good, but I feel their biggest weakness is Misbah. He is quite good as Captain, but I watched some part of BPL, where he is struggling big time - overall PSL attack is better, therefore I am not sure how IU can accommodate a Captain and probably No. 5 like him, who should start all 10 matches. I was expecting him to retire last year, but looks like he'll continue till 45 at least. Other than that, if everyone available - really good team. Comparing IU & MS, I probably now realize between Deano & Wasim, who was instrumental in IU's raise..... Also, almost certainly both Talat & Farhan will start every match as they don't have too many in top order.
    ur every post these days hit above the shoulder area of my body......yes MISBAH is going to be liability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressPacer View Post
    Haters running out of things to feed their delusions. Misbah is clearly motivated for the best for Pakistan Cricket, as he always has been.
    Misbah doesn't like youngsters they said.

    Most of those haters have chosen to stay away from this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    Such as selecting rifit uncle?
    Gave Talat,Shadab,and Amad a chance last year.

    Or doesn't let your rose tinted glasses let you see that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Decent squad, especially delighted that we snapped Sahbizada Farhan! @Red Devil I remember us discussing him as an ideal replacement for the rattle manj
    Yep, glad we snagged him up. Probably the best local batsman available in the draft.

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    Ngl they're probably the best team on paper. All-around strength is unmatched. And players are well-suited to T20s.

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    Gonna be supporting IU this season.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Yes and Misbah had no hand in the picks last year either, when Shadab, Rumman, Amad, Asif Ali, Talat played.

    He also had no hands in the free picks for Faisalabad in the National t20 cup when he made Sahibzada his first pick.

    Come on, stop using this pseudo logic just because you dislike the guy. Criticise him when he makes mistakes but don't have a one size fits all agenda.
    Man, the haters are always gonna keep moaning. Just let them as this is nothing new.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    Misbah and Wasim had no hand in the picks this year. Made a huge difference. Not blaming Misbah but it's something noticeable.


    i like how people make analysis even without knowing.


    Misbah was bound to pick faheem and sahibzada as both play for faisalabad or sngpl.


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    Most balanced squad.

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    Was my favorite team from season 1 due to Sharjeel. Will be interesting to see if Sahibzada Farhan can do what Sharjeel used to do.

    Also shudnt Hussain Talat have graduated from emerging to silver?

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    Not a bad squad. Though Misbah should not be the captain and look for a role as a player mentor.

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    Looks on paper like the strongest squad.

    Glad to see they've got rid of the OAP's tag.



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    Multan warriors let me down with their final squad, will be rooting for Islamabad as long as deserving youngsters are played over Ifti who is well above 35 in reality.


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    Hope we see a final between the two best teams in the tournament, Lahore and Islamabad. Will be a great advertisement for the PSL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Platinum Diamond Gold Silver Emerging Supplementary
    Misbah-ul-Haq © Samuel Badree Rumman Raees Iftikhar Ahmed Sahibzada Farhan Alex Hales
    Andre Russell Mohammad Sami Shadab Khan Amad Butt Hussain Talat David Willey
    JP Duminy Luke Ronchi Faheem Ashraf Asif Ali Mohammad Hasan
    Sam Billings Mohammad Hasnain
    Zafar Gohar
    United are nothing without Shane Watson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Gave Talat,Shadab,and Amad a chance last year.

    Or doesn't let your rose tinted glasses let you see that?
    I stated a fact. Don't need to get emotional.

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    Is it me or the Foreign players have decreased this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    I stated a fact. Don't need to get emotional.

    Keep on crying. Misbah selected youngsters whilst your other favourites picked TTFs and oldies.

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    Love how they have Farhan, Faheem, Talat, Ammad, Shadab and Rumman in their ranks - hope all 6 of them play every single game for IU


    Full credit to Micky Arthur for realizing Babar Azam was born to bat at 3 in all formats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Keep on crying. Misbah selected youngsters whilst your other favourites picked TTFs and oldies.
    Can you tell my favourites please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    Can you tell my favourites please?
    Anyone not named Misbah probably?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Anyone not named Misbah probably?
    Stop trying to be cleaver and find me my favourites who have selected TTF's since you know my favourites. I am sure you will find evidence. Good luck.

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    Grandpa XI, really looks like a boring dud team now.

    I thought introducing Waqar will introduce some fresh faces in the squad.

    There is no Star power here.

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    The only thing ISLU had before was star power.... alot of brand names and top stars sponsoring it, now all the limelight is gone to Multan Sultans as soon as Wasim left them.

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    Saeed Ajmal is the bowling coach of ISLU..

    I have to laugh out loud at this loooooollllll

    The guy who can't spin the ball is now a 'spin bowling coach'

    Misbah using his references to help Ajmal earn a reputable living.

    Ajmal can't spin the ball to save his life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waleed88 View Post
    Saeed Ajmal is the bowling coach of ISLU..

    I have to laugh out loud at this loooooollllll

    The guy who can't spin the ball is now a 'spin bowling coach'

    Misbah using his references to help Ajmal earn a reputable living.

    Ajmal can't spin the ball to save his life.
    If Viv can be paid thousands for giving high 5s then why can't our players earn a living. This is what's wrong with our people we can't see each other succeed and want some foreigner. You want him to start a rehri and sell aloo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bay Garrett View Post
    If Viv can be paid thousands for giving high 5s then why can't our players earn a living. This is what's wrong with our people we can't see each other succeed and want some foreigner. You want him to start a rehri and sell aloo?
    Comparing Viv to Ajmal is the greatest tragedy

    Ajmal is a 'spin bowling coach' - how can you be the coach when you can't spin the ball yourself? What is he gonna teach to Shadab? How to chuck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    IU has gotten a lot flak for being an old house.
    The truth is most of the guys who have graduated to the international level have come from IU. Guys like Rumman, Shadab, Sharjeel(gone now). This year hopefully it will be, Fahim, Amad, Talat, Zafar, Hasan who will go a new level in their game.

    Ronchi, Farhan, Talat, Badree, Iftikhar and Hales are Misbah's picks from what I can see or atleast recommendations.

    Qalanders and United have provided us with the most newcomers. In contrast, Quetta, Peshawar and Karachi have been methodical with their selections.
    Hasan Ali, Nawaz and Shinwari have been the only 3 guys to have made it to the international team from these teams. Quetta have been persisting with failures like Shafiq and Zulfiqar babar who wouldn't be of much use to Pakistan in t20is. Peshawar have relied on the tried and tested guys like Hafeez, Kamran etc while Karachi have been the team with a lot of middle order players and allrounders-sort.
    didnt realise you had a direct line to Misbah.

    but I agree with the rest of your post. IU will once again be the ones to bring it.
    Last edited by UN talkz; 13th November 2017 at 12:09.

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    A compact batsman light but otherwise the best squad in PSL 3. I really wish they play Asif Ali at number 5 and he comes in around the 13-14th over. His hitting has always been clean and can potentially become a death specialist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    didnt realise you had a direct line to Misbah.

    but I agree with the rest of your post. IU will once again be the ones to bring it.
    Ronchi has been playing under Misbah in BPL recently. In interviews and talk shows, he has praised Talat, Iftikhar, Badree and Hales a lot in last 2-3 years. Learn to join the dots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waleed88 View Post
    Saeed Ajmal is the bowling coach of ISLU..

    I have to laugh out loud at this loooooollllll

    The guy who can't spin the ball is now a 'spin bowling coach'

    Misbah using his references to help Ajmal earn a reputable living.

    Ajmal can't spin the ball to save his life.
    Misbah supporting oldies, after all, he owes his test and some ODI success to Ajmal for chucking. Absolutely shameless.


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