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Pakistan Super League 2021

PSL 2021: The English players signed up for this year’s Pakistan Super League

PSL English players
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

The 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL) gets underway on February 20, 2021 – below are the English players set to take part in the tournament.

The English players at the 2021 PSL

Islamabad United

Alex Hales

Still out of England’s plans nearly two years after being deselected from their 50-over World Cup squad, Hales enters the PSL on the back of an excellent season in the BBL with Sydney Thunder. In 15 matches he hit 543 runs to end up as the tournament’s leading run-scorer. Hales played in the PSL last year with Karachi Kings, with his 272 runs in the season  helping the side to their first title.

Lewis Gregory

Gregory also featured in the most recent edition of the BBL, averaging 19.22 with the bat and 39.28 with the ball across 14 games for Brisbane Heat. The all-rounder made his PSL debut last year for Peshawar Zalmi and was Player of the Match in his maiden outing, hitting 16 off eight balls and recording figures of 4-25 in a 16-run win over Lahore Qalandars.

Phil Salt

Another member of the Islamabad United side to enter the PSL on the back of a BBL campaign. Unable to reach the levels of his maiden season with the Adelaide Strikers – when he averaged 25.78 to go with an impressive strike rate of 164.09 – Salt finished his most recent stint with an average of 20.66 and strike rate of 130.25. The right-handed batsman has played seven games for Islamabad United over the last two PSL seasons, averaging 17 with a high score of 46.

Karachi Kings

Joe Clarke

After three games with Perth Scorchers in December, Clarke began 2021 with a stint in the T10 League. He helped Team Abu Dhabi to a third-placed finish, striking his 177 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 194.50.

Lahore Qalandars

Joe Denly

A teammate of Gregory’s in the most recent edition of the BBL, Denly finished the tournament with 223 runs at an average of 18.58 and a strike rate of 107.72. He enjoyed a productive stint in the PSL back in 2018, finishing as the fourth-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 323 runs for Karachi Kings at an average of 125.68.

Samit Patel

Patel helped Lahore Qalandars to the PSL final last year, hitting 188 runs at a strike rate of 145.73 and taking 10 wickets at an average of 23.50.

Tom Abell

Somerset’s Abell enters the tournament after reaching the T10 League final with Delhi Bulls, though he was only needed with the bat on two occasions across five matches. His other franchise experience is a stint with Rangpur Riders in 2019/20, when he played four matches.

Multan Sultans

Adam Lyth

After a number of impressive T20 Blast campaigns, Lyth was drafted in by the Sultans for the playoff stages in the 2020 PSL and hit a 29-ball 50 in his second game. He is another to have just played at the T10 League, having featured in three matches for Delhi Bulls.

James Vince

Vince enters the tournament in form, having been central to Sydney Sixers winning their third BBL title. After an unbeaten 98 against Perth Scorchers in a Qualifier win, Vince stroked a 95 a week later in the final to deliver a 27-run victory.

Peshawar Zalmi

Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Kohler-Cadmore has been drafted in as a replacement for Liam Livingstone, who has commitments with England in India. The Yorkshire batsman caught the eye at the T10 League earlier this year, averaging 41.20 for Pune Devils alongside a booming strike rate of 206.

Saqib Mahmood

Mahmood made his PSL debut last year in the playoffs, taking 3-41 for Peshawar Zalmi as they lost by five wickets to Lahore Qalandars in an Eliminator match.

Ravi Bopara

Bopara has played in every season of the PSL, with his maiden campaign still the standout: in nine matches in 2015 he hit 329 runs at an average of 54.83 for Karachi Kings. Having turned out for Multan Sultans last year, Peshawar Zalmi will be the third side Bopara has played for in the tournament.

Quetta Gladiators

Tom Banton

Banton made his PSL bow last year, turning out for Peshawar Zalmi, though he struggled for form. In seven innings, he hit 74 runs and averaged 12.33.

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