LAHORE: Numerous overseas cricketers have reasserted their credentials by featuring in the HBL Pakistan Super League with Luke Ronchi, player of the tournament in 2018, is the prime example.
While the coming HBL PSL is a chance to shine for many budding cricketers of Pakistan, it is also an opportunity for the visiting players to prove their worth and take their T20 careers to greater heights, according to an analysis conducted here.
There are some players who will be aiming to play a bigger role in the HBL PSL. Philip Salt (Islamabad United), The 22-year-old is a wicketkeeper/batsman from Wales who plays county cricket for Sussex. Salt was Islamabad United’s third pick in this season’s HBL PSL Player Draft mainly because of his ability to score at a brisk pace.
In England’s domestic T20 competition last year, the Welshman scored 355 runs at a stunning strike-rate of 172.33 and also hit four half-centuries. He also played three T20s for Lahore Qalandars in Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy last year in October in which his scores, while batting in the lower-order, were 37 not out, 15 and 26.
Salt has also opened the innings for Sussex and, if he does same in HBL PSL 2019, United could have the most destructive opening pair in the tournament.
Liam Livingstone (Karachi Kings), The 25-year-old captained Lancashire to the semi-final round in England’s domestic T20 competition last year, but the most glaring aspect of his performance in the tournament was his batting strike-rate. He scored 318 runs at a strike-rate of 188.16, the third highest in the competition, and also scored a 51-ball 100 against Derbyshire.
The Lancastrian was picked by Karachi Kings as one of the supplementary players but will be available for the whole tournament.
In his most recent T20 match, he handed England Lions a win against Pakistan A in Abu Dhabi. Opening the bowling with his leg-spin, Livingstone took three top-order wickets and also scored 35 not out off 19 balls.
Sandeep Lamichhane (Lahore Qalandars), The Nepalese spin wizard will be the only player from the ICC’s associate teams in the HBL PSL 2019. Such is his demand in franchise cricket that even though he made his T20 debut only 10 months ago, Lahore Qalandars will be his sixth team in the T20 leagues.
In the ongoing league in Australia, the 18-year-old has taken 11 wickets for Melbourne Stars at an average of 13.45 and an economy of just 6.83. The Qalandars will be hoping he carries this form to HBL PSL.
Since he will be playing alongside Yasir Shah, the Qalandars could have the best leg-spinning pair in HBL PSL 2019.
Laurie Evans (Multan Sultans), The 31-year-old batsman from England will feature in the HBL PSL for the first time after he was picked by Multan Sultans in the silver category.
Evans was the top run-getter in England’s domestic T20 competition with 614 runs at an average of 68.22 and a strike rate of 135.84. That helped Sussex to reach the final of the tournament.
In the past 12 months, he has scored 1,258 runs at 54.69 in T20 cricket. And as recently as last month, while playing in Bangladesh Premier League, he hit his maiden T20 century.
With Steve Smith and Nicholas Pooran not available, the Sultans will be banking on his batting expertise in the coming HBL PSL.
Cricket: South Africa World Cup squad
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Thursday named the following squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales:
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.
Sri Lanka dump Chandimal, bring back Thirimanne for World Cup
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Thursday dumped established stars including former captain Dinesh Chandimal to hand batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay a place in their World Cup squad.
Chandimal, who was one-day captain until last October, wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga were all left out of the 15-man squad.
Thirimanne and Vandersay along with all-rounders Milinda Siriwardana and Jeevan Mendis got places despite not playing in the one-day team for more than a year.
Left-handed batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, who was appointed captain on Wednesday, last played an ODI in March 2015.
Opening batsman Avishka Fernando and paceman Nuwan Pradeep were also named for the 50-over event which starts in England and Wales on May 30.
The 1996 champions kick off their campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff on June 1.
Sri Lanka squad:
Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal
Sri Lanka announce World Cup 2019 squad
COLOMBO: Milinda Siriwardana, Jeffrey Vandersay and Jeevan Mendis made remarkable comebacks as Sri Lanka announced their 15-strong squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 on Thursday, 18 April.
Siriwardana and Vandersay last played one-day internationals in October 2017, while Jeevan Mendis’ previous appearance in the format came in the 2015 World Cup match against Afghanistan.
However, many of the regulars, including Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga and Akila Dananjaya, were excluded from the squad altogether, with Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Kasun Rajitha, and Wanindu Hasaranga placed on standby.
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana