Searching for elusive win, Lahore Qalandars face Islamabad United tonight


SHARJAH: Still searching for their first win of this season, Lahore Qalandars will look to break the curse when they take on Islamabad United at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium tonight.

With three defeats in their three matches so far, Lahore Qalandars’ performance has raised several question marks on their player selection, drafting and batting technique.

They have faced ugly batting collapses, indicating a clear lack of batsmen capable of anchoring and constructing the innings. Their bowling has largely been lacklustre, with raw talent like Shaheen Shah Afridi showing promise but lacking maturity at the big stage.

Islamabad United have had their own share of woes. Misbah finally recovered from a hamstring injury to lead his team against Quetta Gladiators, but Rumman Raees was forced off the field with a knee injury that could threaten his PSL campaign.

Islamabad United have managed to win only one of their three matches so far.

Lahore Qalandars

Head coach: Aqib Javed

Captain: Brendon McCullum

Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Dinesh Ramdin, Anton Devcich, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Raza Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah

Islamabad United

Head coach: Dean Jones

Captain: Misbah-ul-Haq

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Mohammad Hasan, Chadwick Walton, Rohail Nazir, Luke Ronchi, Amad Butt, JP Duminy, Hussain Talat, Samit Patel, Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Samuel Badree, Steven Finn, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Zafar Gohar

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