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Over the years, Pakistan Super League is proving to be revolutionary in providing emerging cricketers with the opportunity to express their capabilities. An unparalleled push in the initial stages of a career can embed a whole new zeal in it and that’s exactly what PSL has been transpiring in the last few years.
A long list of stars including the likes of Shaheen Shah, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali came under the spotlight, thanks to their remarkable performances within the PSL
Season 7 of PSL with its endless chain of opportunities is drawing near.
A Glance at the Top Emerging Cricketers under the Radar in PSL 7
Abdullah Shafiq – One of the Top Emerging Cricketers
Being the only batsman in the history of Pakistan Cricket to score centuries on both First class & T20 debut, Abdullah Shafiq undoubtedly has been a consistent performer at the domestic level. But unfortunately for him, a rather abysmal beginning against kiwis in the limited-overs series meant a longer wait before he could get a go in the marquee event.
The recent resurgence against Bangladesh made him appear in the headlines once again, ultimately yielding him a spot in the PSL. The stylish right-hander would be the one to watch out for.
Muhammad Huraira – The Young Gun
The 19-year-old batter showed genuine character & caliber in the recently concluded Quaid-e-Azam trophy. He assembled 986 runs at an impressive average of 58, including a triple century. The promising teenager holds the center of attention in this edition of the marquee event where he will be seen playing for the two times champion Islamabad United.
Azam Khan – Is he What the Team Needs as a Power Hitter?
A roller coaster experience so far for the hard-hitting right-hander at the recognized level of cricket. This season provides him with another opportunity to reaffirm his worth as one of the few genuine pinch hitters within the country. Azam will be hoping that a change in side will eventually result in a change of fortunes as he shifts from Quetta Gladiators to Islamabad United.
Late call but the right one. As the ‘Domestic cricketer of the year’ had to wait for two additional picks to be in there. Shahibzada Farhan has been around for quite a while now. But bold performances at the domestic level recently, indeed have shifted the focus back at him. All eyes are set on him because a decent PSL could earn him a spot in the vacant middle order of the national side.
The right-hand wicketkeeper-batsman showed glimpses of his potential in the last National t20 cup with a couple of sparkling knocks. He will be in action for Islamabad United in the upcoming PSL season.
Qasim Akram – The Sensational All-rounder
The current captain of Pakistan under 19 side and a complete package with his all-around skills. A gritty off-spinner and an aggressive batter. He will be representing Karachi Kings this season and is among the sizzling Emerging cricketers on display.
Another blazing pacer in the pipeline. Zaman Khan recently lit up the inaugural season of the Kashmir Premier League. He will be looking forward to carrying on with the good work during his time with the Lahore Qalandars franchise.
One could easily proclaim that the wicketkeeper-batsman didn’t get enough opportunities within the PSL. A new chapter with Karachi Kings might induce the required fixation. Rohail Nazir was the ‘Wicket-keeper of the tournament’ in both the domestic T20 competition & the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. This edition of PSL holds pivotal importance in defining the future directions of his career which has been regarded as bright by many.
Having an action pretty similar to that of legend Dale Steyn. Khurram Shehzad would doubtlessly want to imitate the pedigree of performances as well. A decent right-hand pacer has proper control on his bowling and is another exciting prospect to look forward to in this PSL.
The young quickie rocked the recently concluded U-19 Asia Cup where he managed the highest number of wickets, precisely 11 wickets in just 3 games. He will be in action in the U-19 World Cup as well before beginning his venture with the Islamabad United franchise in the PSL 7 season.
As PSL performs the supreme service of providing opportunities to these Emerging cricketers. Vice versa, these young guns bring a whole new life to our very own tournament making it sharp, glitzy and cherishing.