Peshawar Zalmi has announced its PSL 5 squad, followed by their 18 men selection in the Zalmi team line from PSL 2020 Draft. Zalmi is the most consistent and comparatively robust team of the tournament who have ranked in top 3 sides of the competition. The franchise Peshawar Zalmi Key Players released from their PSL 5 squad and name as the well-balanced team lineup. Zalmi came up with the best top-order batting lineup and best all-rounders from the cricket world.
The franchise have announced their 18 man squad of which they have retained seven players from previous PSL 4 squad. Three new players have joined Peshawar Zalmi such as Tom Banton, Shoaib Malik and Deven Pretorius Dwaine. Darren Sammy to lead Peshawar Zalmi squad for the next season of PSL T20 League next year. Kamaran Akmal and Wahab Riaz are the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker for Zalmi, respectively.
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Zalmi is the only team featured in the PSL final for three times consecutively out of four-seasons. The team has won the single title of Pakistan Super League 2017 by defeating Quetta Gladiators. In the most recent PSL 2019 season, Gladiators defeated Peshawar Zalmi in a scintillating contest and won the maiden title. Zalmi is two times runner up and lost the title game from Islamabad United twice.
Five Match Winning Players
There are five match-winning or key players in the Zalmi squad PSL 5 who can do a great job for their team. English County Championship sensation Tom Banton to make his debut in PSL 2020 for Peshawar Zalmi. Banton has excellent batting averages with destructive batting style. Except for him Kieron Pollard, Shoaib Malik, Imam ul Haq and Wahab Riaz can win matches for Zalmi.
1 – Tom Banton
Tom Banton is the only player in Zalmi Squad 2020 picked up from the Diamond category of PSL 2020 Draft. He is a wicket-keeper batsman with plenty of experience in limited over cricket. Tom is the crucial player for Peshawar Zalmi, who can do a real job for his team in the middle order. He was the most demanded player in the PSL draft from the diamond category.
He is the second pick from the draft after his countryman Jason Roy who joined Gladiators squad. Banton 10 made his T20 Domestic Cricket debut for Somerset in English County Championship 2017. He played excellent cricket in the most recent NatWest T20 Blast season and set records with his bat.
Tom is the crucial player in Zalmi PSL 5 squad for his outstanding batting and excellent wicket-keeping. He recently contracted to Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League 2019 20 seasons. Zalmi have three opening batsman options with Tom Banton, Imam ul Haq, and Kamran Akmal.
2 – Kieron Pollard
The big man Kieron Pollard joined Zalmi Squad PSL 4 last year and retained by the franchise for PSL 2020. He made his debut in 2017 Pakistan Super League season for Karachi Kings, and later next PSL 3 joined Sultan’s squad. Pollard is a T20 specialist all-rounder who did a great job and became a regular member of team squad whatever franchise he played. He is the critical player for Peshawar Zalmi for his explosive and destructive batting style.
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Pollard has played all cricket league, including Indian Premier League, Big Bash League and Bangladesh Premier League. Moreover Caribbean Premier League, Mzansi Super League and Global T20 Canada as well. He got plenty of experience and well versed to the playing conditions all over the world. His aggressive hitting mighty sixes made him sensation as he loves to play fearlessly.
Kieron is a potentially vital player in Zalmi lineup for his batting and bowling performances. He won three games for Zalmi in the previous season of PSL 2019 with scoring runs and take wickets. His presence at the crease is nothing less than a guarantee to chase a total with at average required the run rate of 12 terms or more.
3 – Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik is the leading run-scorer for Pakistan National Team in T20I cricket. Malik is a batting all-rounder who played the first two seasons of Pakistan Super League for Karachi Kings. Shoaib Malik captained Karachi Kings along with Ravi Bopara in few games of the tournament for Kings. He joined Multan Sultan Squad in 3rd season of PSL and led the squad. Malik joined Peshawar Zalmi 2020 PSL squad and ready to play his first season for Zalmi.
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He is an outstanding Batman and best all-rounder well known limited over specialist batsman. Malik usually bats at number 3 or 4 position and a very responsible player to the handly game in any situation. He played according to the game situation and kept going with the original game with little calmness.
Malik batting position is the key for Zalmi in the presence of multiple options at any area of the game. Zalmi have a very well balanced team with numerous options at every batting position. His batting may change according to the game situation as per skipper Darren Sammy. Malik loves to maintain his strike rate and plays with the run rate requirements.
4 – Imam ul Haq
The opening batsman of Pakistan National Cricket Team Imam ul Haq retained by the Peshawar Zalmi. Imam made his debut in 2019 Pakistan Super League for Peshawar Zalmi and maintained by the franchise for PSL 2020. He is a very consistent player in all three formats of international cricket Test, ODI and T20I. He is an opening batsman who enjoys powerplay cricket and use correctly to set a momentum at the start of the innings.
Zalmi got three options as an opening batsman in the form or Tom Banton, Kamran Akmal and Imam ul Haq. The captain of Zalmi squad Darren Sammy got many options; how he dealt with is a matter of discussion. Most probably Kamran Akmal and Imam ul Haq to open the batting innings for Zalmi.
Imam ul Haq is the crucial player in Zalmi squad for his excellent skills and consistency. Zalmi got one of the best pair of the opening batsman in the form of Imam and Tom Banton or Kamran Akmal. He is the second most successful batsman followed by Babar Azam with seven centuries in just 37 innings in ODI.
5 – Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz or Viki made his debut in Pakistan Super League with the maiden season of the tournament. He joined Zalmi squad PSL 1 and retained by the franchise throughout the short history of the competition. Wahab is one of few players in Zalmi squad who played all season for a single team such as Kamran Akmal and Darren Sammy. He is a bowling all-rounder who balls at an average of 154 KMPH and produces quick yorkers and bouncers.
Wahab Riaz is Peshawar Zalmi Key Player who can do a job for his team to win the game. He is the leading wicket-taker in Zalmi Squad with 65 wickets in 45 matches for Zalmi in PSL. He is a very economically bowler in Zalmi squad who have conceded fewer runs than any other player in the team. His economical overs in the second spell especially after 16 overs in limited-overs would be watchable.
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