PSL provides Pakistan the opportunity to expand their already impressive T20 pool



PSL provides Pakistan the opportunity to expand their already impressive T20 pool

PSL provides Pakistan the opportunity to expand their already impressive T20 pool

January 28, 2022  Authorbet365baji

Despite starting the year on a high note on the field, with a hammering of South Africa at home, Pakistan's 2021 season did not get off to the best of starts. The Pakistan Super League's sixth edition was called to a halt due to an increase of Covid-19 instances, and the competition had to be postponed as a result. The tournament was eventually completed after the PCB found an opening in their schedule in June, but the board was in for more pain as the year progressed.

After years of planning, England and New Zealand were scheduled to travel the country, but both the ECB and NZ withdrew at the last minute. The team put up a fantastic performance in the T20 World Cup, where they were arguably the most eye-catching squad, despite their supporters being denied of excitement.

Three of their cricketers received top ICC accolades for their on-field performances throughout the year. All three of them will be leading their respective teams in this year's PSL, as they try to continue their winning ways from the previous season. For the young Pakistani players entering the tournament, Shaheen Afridi, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan have set a high standard. Shaheen will be monitored closely, as the ICC Cricketer of the Year prepares to lead the team for the first time. With another T20 World Cup coming up later this year, the PCB will be hoping that the player pool will have grown even more by the time the competition is through. With Mohammad Hafeez retiring from international cricket and Shoaib Malik nearing the end of his career, Pakistan will need middle-order options if they are to repeat their T20 WC success in 2021 and possibly go even farther.

Apart from Shaheen, another Afridi is bound to draw notice, as he always does. Shahid Afridi has officially confirmed that he will play in the Pakistan Super League for the final time this season. This time, he's joined the Quetta Gladiators in the hopes of adding another trophy to his collection. The greater focus, however, will certainly be on the PCB's ability to pull off the tournament without incident. With a jam-packed schedule ahead of them, 2022 may not be able to afford the luxury that 2021 did in the event that the competition is interrupted. If the event is effectively staged, it will assuage any reservations that boards from across the world may have about their possible visits to the country.

The bio-bubbles are likely to be more protective this time, and Karachi, which will host the first 15 matches, will only allow 25% of the spectators to enter as a precaution. Lahore will host the rest of the matches, including the final.

Covid-specific playing conditions will be in effect this season. For a game to take place, a squad must have at least 13 Covid-negative players. In the event of a virus epidemic in their squads, franchises will be able to choose from a pool of local players who have been isolated.