Islamabad United is a professional PSL T20 cricket team. Team belongs to Islamabad Region. It is also the capital city of Pakistan. Islamabad United team was established when decision was final for Pakistan Super League in the late of 2015. Islamabad United franchise was purchase by Leonine Global Investment through its sports entity Leonine Global Sports. Owner of this franchise are Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi. Team’s current captain is Pakistan very famous player Misbah ul Haq while Dean Jones (former Australian Player) is the head coach of the team. Islamabad United cricket team is the champion of first PSL edition 2016.
In 2015 PCB confirm the PSL first edition will play in February 2016 and for that purpose five franchises was sold to different companies. Islamabad United franchise was sold to Leonine Global Sports for US $ 15 Million for the period of 10 Years.
Previous Two Editions:
After poor start of PSL 2016 edition Islamabad United cricket team finished its group stage as no.3 best team out of five. In group stage team played eight matches and win four out of it and qualify for the knock out (qualifying round).
Islamabad United win first qualifying round matches against Karachi Kings and then win another match against Peshawar Zalmi that leads the team into final against Quetta Gladiators. In final match of PSL 2016 (first edition) Islamabad United win against Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets and become the first ever champion team in PSL.
In second edition of PSL Islamabad United team not changed much and retained its 17 players. Team picked Ben Duckett, Zohaib Khan & Shadab Khan to complete its 20 player’s squad for PSL second edition. Later on Steven Finn was replaced by against Andree Russell because he was banned by ICC due to positive doping test. Ben Duckett was replaced against Nicolas Pooran when Duckett left the squad due to national duties.
In 2017 edition its position was still same as team win four matches out of eight in group stage and qualify for the next round (qualifier round). Again Islamabad United meat with Karachi Kings in qualifying round but this team Karachi Kings team win the match and Islamabad United ends its journey in PSL second edition.
Team Name & Logo:
Team name & logo firstly was revealed in 22nd December 2015 in a well planned ceremony that was arranged at Polo Club Islamabad. Team’s logo features with a lion and major colours of its shirt are Red, Orange & light shade of brown.
|Year||Chest Branding||Frond Branding||Back Branding||Sleeve Branding|
|2017||JS Bank||Q Mobile||PTCL||Dunya News & Mocca Coffee|
Team’s Current Squad:
|Misbah Ul Haq
|Right Handed Batsman||US $ 140,000||2016||Local|
|Asif Ali||Right Handed Batsman||US $ 25,000||2016||Local|
|Hussain Talat||Left Handed Batsman||US $ 10,000||2016||Local|
|Ben Duckett||Left Handed Batsman||Disclosed Amount||2017||Overseas|
|Sharjeel Khan||Left Handed Batsman||US $ 70,000||2016||Local|
|Khalid Latif||Right Handed Batsman||US $ 70,000||2016||Local|
|Rafatullah Mohmand||Right Handed Batsman||Replacement Signing||2017||Local|
|Shane Watson||Right Handed Batsman & Right-arm fast medium||US $ 140,000||2016||Overseas|
|Dwayne Smith||Right Handed Batsman & Right-arm medium||Amount Disclosed||2016||Overseas|
|Imran Khalid||Left Handed Batsman & Left-arm Orthodox Spin||US $ 25,000||2016||Local|
|Shadab Khan||Right Handed Batsman & Right-arm Leg Break||Us $ 10,000||2017||Local|
|Sam Billings||Right Handed Batsman||US $ 25,000||2016||Overseas|
|Nicolas Pooran||Left Handed Batsman||Replacement Signing||2017||Overseas|
|Brad Haddin||Right Handed||Us $ 50,000||2016||Overseas|
|Mohammad Sami||Right-arm Fast||US $ 50,000||2016||Local|
|Rumman Raees||Left-arm medium fast||US $ 25,000||2016||Local|
|Saeed Ajmal||Right-arm off spin||US $ 25,000||2016||Local|
|Mohammad Irfan||Left-arm Fats||US $ 70,000||2016||Local|
|Samuel Badree||Right-arm Leg Spin||US $ 70,000||2016||Overseas|
|Steven Finn||Right-arm Fast||Replacement Signing||2017||Overseas|
|Amad Butt||Right-arm Fast||US $ 10,000||2016||Local|
Team Management & Coaching Staff:
|Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi (LGS)||Owner|
|Wasim Akram||Bowling Coach/Director|
|Dean Jones||Head Coach|
|Johan Botha||Fielding Coach|
|Tauseef Ahmed||Assistant Coach|
|Rehan ul Haq||Co-Manager|