April 13, 2024


ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) champions Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators might be eyeing a profitable begin to the match, as the 2 groups face one another on the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore immediately, Sunday. 


The ninth version of the PSL, Pakistan’s skilled Twenty20 cricket league, kicked off on Saturday with a glitzy opening ceremony that includes action-packed performances from among the nation’s main pop stars. 


Within the first match performed in Lahore, Islamabad United thrashed defending champions Lahore Qalandars by eight wickets to open their account within the match. 


Sunday’s encounter between the Gladiators and Zalmi will start at 2:00 p.m. The Gladiators had been strengthened by the arrival of batters Jason Roy and Laurie Evans to Lahore hours earlier than the match. 


“The royal arrival,” the Gladiators wrote on social media platform X, displaying Roy and Evans reaching Lahore. 


In the meantime, Zalmi introduced on X that former Pakistan bowler Umar Gul has joined the squad as its bowling marketing consultant for PSL 9. 


“Famend for his deadly toe-crushing yorkers and dying over bowling, former Pakistan pacer Umar Gul joins Peshawar Zalmi as our bowling marketing consultant for #HBLPSL9,” Zalmi wrote on X. 


Sunday’s match is anticipated to be an attention-grabbing contest between the 2 former champions. Zalmi will head into the match assured about their batting order, strengthened by the likes of skipper Babar Azam, Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris and Tom Kohler-Cadmore. 


The Gladiators, nevertheless, might be eyeing a change in fortunes as they take the sector for the primary time below a brand new skipper, Rilee Rossouw, who might be main the facet on Sunday. 


His group has a formidable bowling assault within the type of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Wasim Jr.. and Abrar Ahmad.


Head-to-head, Zalmi fare higher than their opponents, profitable 4 matches and dropping only one. 


Squads:


Peshawar Zalmi

Babar Azam (captain), Aamir Jamal, Arif Yaqoob, Arshad Iqbal, Asif Ali, Daniel Mousley, Luke Wooden, Mohammad Haris, Paul Walter, Rovman Powell, Saim Ayub, Salman Irshad, Sufyan Muqeem, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Umair Afridi and Waqar Salamkheil


Rising: Aimal Khan, Haseebullah Khan, Mehran Mumtaz and Mohammad Zeeshan


Quetta Gladiators

Rilee Rossouw (captain), Abrar Ahmad, Bismillah Khan, Jason Roy, Laurie Evans, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Omair bin Yousuf, Sajjad Ali Jr., Sarfaraz Ahmad, Saud Shakeel, Sherfane Rutherford, Sohail Khan, Umar Amin, Usman Qadir, Usman Tariq and Will Smeed


Rising: Adil Naz and Khawaja Mohammad Nafay