The sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League will begin on February 20, 2021. As the tournament starts off with a clash between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators, it seems like a good time to see the full squads of each of the teams as they have gone through some changes.
Mohammad Rizwan, who stayed on the bench most of the time during the PSL 2020, was released by his franchise, Karachi Kings. Multan Sultans picked him up at the draft and he was named the captain of the franchise going into the 2021 edition. Karachi Kings also traded Alex Hales to Islamabad United and got back Colin Ingram in return.
On Monday, Pakistan Cricket Board announced some of the replacements which the franchises have chosen ahead of the tournament. Faf du Plessis, who had featured in the previous season of Peshawar Zalmi will return to the franchise as a partial replacement of Chris Gayle. On Wednesday, du Plessis retired from Test cricket, in order to focus on white-ball cricket.
Islamabad United have named three replacements. Fawad Alam, USA fast-bowler Ali Khan and Ireland opener Paul Stirling have been named in the Islamabad United. The three players will come in place of Colin Munro, Reece Topley and Chris Jordan. Tom-Kohler Cadmore will join Quetta Gladiators as the replacement of Liam Livingstone.
Jordan, Topley, and Livingstone have been named in the England T20I squad for the Indian tour, because of which the trio will miss the tournament. Munro, on the other hand, has to miss the tournament as he couldn’t book a quarantine space for the time when he returns to New Zealand after the tournament. Due to the COVID-19, New Zealand has devised a rule for people coming into the country, which states that one has to book a space ahead of time, which Munro failed to do.
Here are the full squads for the teams playing in the PSL 2021
Alex Hales, Asif Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hussain Talat, Musa Khan, Shadab Khan, Zafar Gohar, Hassan Ali, Paul Stirling, Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt, Rohail Nazir, Ali Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Akif Javed
Amir Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Chadwick Walton, Joe Clarke, Noor Ahmad, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Malik, Qasim Akram
Ben Dunk, David Wiese, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar, Rashid Khan, Joe Denly, Samit Patel, Tom Abell, Zeeshan Ashraf, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Faizan, Maaz Khan, Zaid Alam, Ahmed Danyal
Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir, James Vince, Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw, Shan Masood, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, Chris Lynn, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Carlos Brathwaite, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaib Ullah, Adam Lyth, Shahnawaz Dhani, Muhammad Umar, Imran Khan Sr
Haider Ali, Kamran Akmal, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, David Miller, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bopara, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif, Saqib Mahmood, Imam-ul-Haq, Muhammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan, Ibrar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir Khan
Anwar Ali, Azam Khan, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn, Tom Banton, Usman Khan Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Usman Khan, Faf du Plessis (partial replacement for Chris Gayle)