Here is the PSL 2024 Islamabad United team squad with the player and their profiles. Today, Islamabad United made a strong Squad for PSL 9.
|Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi
The Islamabad United squad for PSL 9 is declared in Pakistan Super League drafting. IU Twenty 20 franchise cricket team that compares in the Pakistan Super League. This team was formed in 2015 to complete its first PSL. All information is updated in real-time today.
The Final Players List of IU Team 2024 is updated today Here.
ISLAMABAD UNITED PLAYERS LIST 2024
These are the selected players so far for Islamabad United
|Salman Ali Agha
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Islamabad United Player Categories
|Salman Ali Agha
We are updating in real-time. All Category Players are updated. This is the Islamabad United Squad For PSL 9.
The Lahore Qalandars, as well as Quetta Gladiators Players, are updated. The PSL points table is updated every day on our website.
Islamabad United Schedule
|Feb 17, 2024
|Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
|Feb 20, 2024
|Multan Cricket Stadium
|Feb 22, 2024
|Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
|Feb 26, 2024
|Gaddafi Stadium Lahore
|Feb 28, 2024
|National Bank Stadium
|Mar 2, 2024
|Pindi Cricket Stadium
|Mar 4, 2024
|Pindi Cricket Stadium
|Mar 6, 2024
|Pindi Cricket Stadium
|Mar 7, 2024
|Pindi Cricket Stadium
|Mar 10, 2024
|Pindi Cricket Stadium
The 2 times champion, Islamabad United, will start its PSL 9 campaign against the 2 times champion, and the defending champs, Lahore Qalandars on 17 February 2024 in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. They will play the last match of the group stages on 10 March against Multan Sultans. ISLU will get 5 matches in Pindi, 3 matches in Lahore, and 1 match in Karachi and Multan each.
PROGRESS OF ISLAMABAD UNITED
Islamabad United played 32 matches in PSL, whereas they won 20 matches and got an overall position is 62.50%. Islamabad United got the 4th position. They defeated Peshawar Zulmi by 3 wickets.
Islamabad United Players With Performance
This team’s main purpose is to provide a global sports entertainment experience. Here we discussed the Islamabad United Squad with all players’ performances.
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In Islamabad United, the symbol lion represents the team’s spirit of pride, majesty, and confidence. The lion’s head shows the reaffirmation that the team will play each game in absolute team spirit, like the pride of lions.
Related:- Karachi Kings PSL 2024 Squad
Islamabad United has unveiled its kit for HBL PSL season 9. And this time, they have revealed three different jerseys for different purposes. They even gave cool names to these shirts. Let’s have a look
- Red Hot – Original | For home matches
- Red Hot – Alternate | For away matches
- Red Hot – Bold | For practice sessions.
You can pre-order these shirts from Islamabad United’s online store. The design is top-notch, and the colour pattern is very eye-catching.
This is some cool stuff
OWNER OF ISLAMABAD UNITED
Leonine Global Investments owns Islamabad United through its sports entity, Leonine Global Sports, owned by Amna Naqvi and Ali Naqvi.
ISLAMABAD UNITED COACH
The team GM is Rehanul Haq, and the bowling coach is Saeed Ajmal. At the same time, Mike Hesson will be the team’s coach.
Mike Hesson as a coach – Is he good?
Mike Hesson has been signed as the head coach of ISLU. He has vast experience in coaching, with 6 years with the New Zealand cricket team and being the director of the RCB franchise in IPL. He shares the same “Dimagh Se” attitude that Islamabad United adopts. This can be good for this franchise since they are struggling to win.
CAPTAIN OF ISLAMABAD UNITED
Shadab Khan is going to be the captain of Islamabad United. It is not like he was just handed the position out of the blue. He has been serving as vice-captain for quite some time now. And how he has been given a chance as a captain. His bombastic batting and sly wrist spin make him a great value addition to the team. But what is going to be beneficial for him as a captain is his aggressive attitude?
BATSMAN OF ISLAMABAD UNITED SQUAD
In the batsman of Islamabad, the following are playing as batsmen
- Jordan Cox
- Azam Khan
- Alex Hales
- Colin Munro
You can pretty much see that this batting lineup is going to be fire. Not only do they have a bombastic player like Azam Khan, but they also have both left-hand and right-hand combinations. This is going to be very helpful for Islamabad United. Seems like the selectors did a pretty decent job on this one.
Let’s start with Jordan Cox. He was Islamabad’s platinum pick this season. However, is this warranted? The young wicket-keeper batsman from Kent has a lot of T20 experience under his belt already. He previously represented Lahore Qalandars in PSL as well. In 87 T20s, he has scored almost 1800 runs at an average of 31. And his strike rate is almost 140.
Now couple this with Azam Khan. IN 138 T20s he has played, he has scored 2776 runs at an average of 25 and a strike rate of 145. These numbers showcase the impending doom on all the bowlers bowling against Islamabad United.
Alex Hales and Colin Munro have rejoined the United from the previous season. They bring much experience to the table and already know the team dynamics. They will know when to shift gears for the team and play according to the situation.
Looking at this batting lineup, the season will be a lot more interesting for the Sherus. Let’s see how many teams they can cross the 200 mark.
BOWLERS OF ISLAMABAD UNITED SQUAD
In the bowlers of Islamabad, United, five Pakistani players are used, and their names are given below:
- Naseem Shah
- Tymal Mills
- Rumman Raees
- Mathew Forde
- Shahab Khan
- Hunain Shah
- Ubaid Shah
The exciting thing about this bowling lineup is the return of Ruman Raees. He is now back in action. Rumman Raees will provide ISLU with a lot of help in the deathovers. However, the highlight has to be the Shah brothers.
Even among the Shah brothers, Naseem and Hunain will be lethal for the opposing batters. Naseem’s accuracy and Hunain’s pace will certainly rattle the wickets.
Everything will be nice once Shadab gets back in his mojo as well. Shadab Khan needs to get his form back if ISLU wants to control the middle overs.
Tymal Mills and Mathew Forde are going to provide the foreign flavour in the pace bowling attack.
ALL-ROUNDERS OF ISLAMABAD UNITED
In all-rounders of Islamabad United
- Shadab Khan
- Imad Wasim
- Faheem Ashraf
- Salman Ali Agha
- Qasim Akram
- Shamyl Hussain
All of these have played for Pakistan at some point in their careers. They are bowling all-rounders but are not short on the batting department. Can we forget those sixes from Shadab and Faheem?
Islamabad United have gotten some exciting all-rounders this season. Shadab is their poster boy and the skipper, so there is no doubt about his abilities. He is struggling a bit now. However,, PSL 9 will be a chance for him to return to his old self.
Imad Wasim is one of the best allrounders Pakistan has for T20 format. It is a bummer that he retired so early. However, he will be wreaking havoc for the United.
Faheem Ashraf is a fan favourite. But Rana Saab has to produce some fantastic results this time to warrant all the unconditional love the fans shower on him.
In overseas players of Islamabad, United, six players are used, and their names are given below:
- Jordan Cox
- Tymal Mills
- Alex Hales
- Colin Munro
- Mathew Forde
- Mohammad Waseem
The lineup of international players looks very interesting this year. These are impactful players who have won matches for their national sides.
Munro is the T20 opener you want in a T20 squad. He has a strike rate of over 150 and averages 30 as an opening batsman in T20. He can provide ISLU with the quick runs they need in powerplays.
Hales has been a tremendous help to the United and consistently provided good starts for the team.
ISLAMABAD UNITED WON ANY TITLE
Yes, this PSL team, Islamabad United, won 2 times this PSL title, one win in 2016 and the other in 2018, so this has been a great performance in the Pakistan Super League.
Islamabad United Fan Club
Yeah, you heard that right. Now, you can become a member of the ISLU Fan Club. IU is giving a special platform to its special fans.
This fan club is your chance to join the ISLU family officially. Now, you can register in the fan club and get a digital version of your membership card. This will be a personalized membership card. Through this membership, you will get different benefits, such as discounts on ISLU merchandise, access to exclusive content, meet-ups, and much more. The registration process is easy; you must scan the QR code on the website, fill out the form, and register.
All about ISLU
In this section, you will read all the news about Islamabad United. Let’s go!
Are you ready for the first match?
17 February 2024
In a matter of hours, Islamabad United with face off against the Lahore Qalandars in Gaddafi Stadium. ISLU is a slightly different team now, while Lahore has still its fangs sharpened. They will miss Rashid in the middle overs, but that’s okay, right?
Tune in to your TV or live streaming app today and watch the HBL PSL 9!
Islamabad United CSR partner
15 February 2024
CSR stands for “Corporate Social Responsibility.” It implies if a business is making money from a community, it has to spend some of that money on social causes in that community.
Islamabad United is a business venture as much as it is a cricket team.
That is why, it is important to fulfil this CSR. And for that, ISLU has partnered with THE CITIZEN FOUNDATION.
The coach, Mike Hesson, visited their school and spoke with them.
Islamabad United’s journey so far
14 February 2024
Islamabad United is a cricket team in the HBL PSL that is well-known for its cunning strategies. It is owned by Ali and Amna Naqvi, who choose some of the top players in T20 cricket.
Initially, Islamabad United won big in the UAE. However, it wasn’t until they played in Pakistan that they discovered how popular the league had become.
Fans packed the stadiums, demonstrating their enthusiasm for the game.
The squad trusts in its youthful players. They appointed Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan as captains while they were new. They also take fantastic care of their players, such as when Rumman was hurt.
They have assisted players such as Shadab, Rumman, Asif Ali, and Mohammad Wasim Jr. rise to prominence.
Coaches like Dean Jones and leaders like Misbah-ul-Haq have provided excellent guidance. Even though they didn’t start well, they battled back and won the championship.
Players like Mohammad Sami and Brad Haddin performed admirably. They kept prevailing, with Luke Ronchi’s batting proving particularly impressive.
Recently, they’ve concentrated on acquiring good hitters. They have acquired players like Alex Hales and Azam Khan.
They also have strong bowlers, like Naseem Shah. Recently, they’ve concentrated on acquiring good hitters.
They have acquired players like Alex Hales and Azam Khan. They also have strong bowlers, like Naseem Shah.
Ubaid Shah makes it to ICC U19 World Cup Team of the Tournament
13 February 2024
Islamabad United’s emerging pick has made news. Ubaid Shah is the only Pakistani player to make it to the ICC U19 World Cup team of the tournament.
Let’s look at Ubaid’s path and the incredible performances that won him a seat on this elite team. Ubaid Shah rapidly drew everyone’s notice during the ICC U19 World Cup. His bowling prowess and ability to manage pressure stood out.
Throughout the competition, Ubaid demonstrated his potential as a cricketer. Ubaid Shah delivered amazing results in the ICC U19 World Cup. He made opposing batters uncomfortable with his quick deliveries and excellent bowling.
Ubaid frequently grabbed vital wickets, particularly at the start of matches, which aided Pakistan significantly.
Ubaid Shah’s statistics at the ICC U19 World Cup were remarkable. He got 18 wickets at a quick pace, indicating that he was highly effective.
His knack to grab wickets when needed was critical to Pakistan’s win. Ubaid Shah has an exciting future ahead of him.
His achievement in the ICC U19 World Cup has thrust him into the limelight and he can achieve even greater success in cricket.
He might become an important player for Pakistan in the future. Ubaid Shah’s selection for the ICC U19 World Cup team demonstrates his talent and hard effort. He can be Pakistan’s top cricketer in the years to come.
It is about time – Rumman Raees
12 February 2024
Rumman Raees has recently shared pictures of Islamabad United’s training camp on his social media profile. He was optimistic and excited during the whole process. He shared how you have to keep a smile during all the hard work. It is about time for him, but is it for you as well? Grab your tickets right now and flood the stadiums to support your team.
Are you ready for HBL PSL 9?
11 February 2024
There are only six days to go until the first match of HBL PSL 9. The 2X champions, Islamabad United, will face off against the 2X champions and the defending champions, Lahore Qalandars, in their home ground. So my fellow SHERUs, are you ready to fill the Gaddafi Stadium in support of Islamabad United?
Official podcast partner
10 February 2024
Islamabad United has announced the “Backward Point” as their official podcast partner. Backward Point is the largest cricket podcast in North America, and covers various topics related to Pakistan cricket, franchise leagues, and much more. You can listen to them if you want to know more about Islamabad United.
TCL as the official TV partner
7 February 2024
Islamabad United and TCL have signed a partnership for this season of HBL PSL. TCL will be Islamabad United’s official TV partner. This way, they can strive to give more clarity to all the ISLU fans who are watching this year’s PSL matches on their TV.
TCL is one of the largest TV brands in Pakistan right now. They have signed partnerships with other franchises as well.
ISLU is another inclusion
Naseem Shah is fit now!
6 February 2024
Naseem Shah was seen bowling in a local T20 league. And considering the video that reached us, we can say that Naseem is back in full force. Are you excited to see him bowl in the first match of HBL PSL 9?
Azam Khan breaking records
4 February 2024
Azam Khan has set a new record in ILT20. He has broken the record of the fastest 50 in the history of this tournament. Kieron Pollard held the record by scoring 50 runs in 19 delivers. Azam has scored 50 runs in 18 deliveries against the Gulf Giants.
Mohammad Waseem enters the party
2 February 2024
Finally, the United have made a decision. They have replaced Tom Curran with Mohammad Waseem. Tom Curran was suffering from a knee injury and was unavailable for IPL and PSL. While his IPL team is looking for his replacement, PSL hasn’t replaced him with any other player.
Now, they have replaced him with a UAE opening batsman, Mohammad Waseem.
Mohammad Waseem isn’t new to PSL. He has played for Multan Sultans before. He has a brief, but impactful career in the T20s so far. Here are his stats.
Mohammad Waseem is also the top run-scorer in the ILT20. So far, he has scored 241 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of 157.71. This is the reason why Islamabad United have struck this deal with this UAE batsman.
And the fact that he does this while being an opening batsman makes it much more exciting. Rememebr when ISLU won the PSL titles? They had explosive openers like Sharjeel Khan. Now, Waseem can create similar impact in the team.
When will ISLU reveal their new kit?
1 February 2024
Islamabad United is teasing the fans on their social media. They are posting a countdown, and fans are speculating that they are about to release the kits of PSL 9. The tournament will start on 17 February 2024, and Islamabad United is going to play the first match against the defending champs. It is only logical that they reveal the kit now.
Ubaid Shah flying high
31 January 2024
The young Sheru doesn’t know when to stop. Our young and emerging star has picked 3 wickets for 31 runs in the ongoing U19 Cricket World Cup. The young fast bowler took these wickets against the Irish team.
Keep in mind that Ubaid Shah, the younger brother of Naseem Shah, is the joint-highest wicket-taker in the tournament right now.
Islamabad’s Supplementary and Replacement picks
29 January 2024
Islamabad United has picked its supplementary and replacement picks today. Here is the replacement pick.
They have replaced Tom Curran with Mohammad Waseem, a UAE opening batsman.
Now, let’s see Islamabad’s supplementary picks.
Islamabad United has made a great choice by getting Haider Ali. With him, Naseem Shah, Imad Wasim, and Qasim Akram, United’s management has made the team a lot more potent. We can expect this “dark horse” of PSL to score another title this season.
ISLU X ProPakistani – Publication partners
28 January 2024
Islamabad United has announced ProPakistanis as their official publication partners. Now, you can expect to get all the news related to Islamabad United from their platform. ProPakistani is a digital platform that covers a plethora of topics, ranging from politics to sports. They even have a platform dedicated to sports, named “ProSports.” This will be an interesting thing to see throughout HBL PSL 9 (shout out to Saad from ProSports for being a champ)
Ubaid Shah stars in U19 CWC
27 January 2024
The ISLU emerging player, Ubaid Shah has rattled the Kiwi top order in the U19 Cricket World Cup. The young Shaheens are playing the match against the New Zealand U19 team. And our boy, Ubaid Shah, has taken all the top three batters in the lineup. He claimed the wickets of Tom Jones, Luke Watson, and Snehith Reddy, rendering the Kiwis unable to score more than 140. Ubaid ended his 9-over spell with brilliant figures of 3-30.
Azam Khan is back in the game!
25 January 2024
Earlier, we were talking about how Azam is struggling. This time, we are happy to tell you that our boy is back on track. Yeah! Azam is back in form as he helped the Desert Vipers steal the win from the Gulf Giants. He scored 26 runs in 14 deliveries, helping his team chase the target with easy. This short innings included 1 GIANT sixer and 3 fours.
Why is Azam Khan struggling?
14 January 2024
Azam Khan, ISLU’s 25-year-old cricket star, is having a difficult time in the present T20I series against New Zealand. With only 10 and 2 runs in the first two games, Azam’s total T20I record of 19 runs in six innings has raised questions about his place in the team.
But the question is, why is he struggling this much?
Adam Hollioake, Pakistan’s batting coach, answered this question. He sensed Azam’s pressure but accentuated his aggressive hitting approach. Hollioake admitted that the young player did not shine in recent games, but he is optimistic about Azam’s future contributions.
Regarding Azam’s importance in the next matches, Hollioake emphasized the team’s fierce competition. He added that because Pakistan has so many quality players, gaining a place in the playing XI requires being in peak shape.
Despite recent setbacks, Hollioake feels Azam has the potential to be a “destructive batter.” He suggested patience, expressing confidence that Azam will demonstrate his abilities in subsequent games.
Naseem is bowling with all his might
12 January 2024
Naseem Shah got injured during the last Asia Cup and has missed some amazing opportunities like the World Cup and the T20 series against the Black Caps. The fans were worried whether Naseem would play in the HBL PSL season 9. However, Islamabad United has answered those concerns by uploading a video where Naseem is bowling in the nets at the proper pace. It seems like the pace bowling spear head for ISLU will be available for the entire season, and we will be able to see the Shah brothers in full force. Are you ready for HBL PSL 9?
Alpha collection on sale
9 January 2024
The collection that we have been talking about is finally on sale. You can grab your jackets in different colors. Keep in mind, that the design is the same as Naseem, Shadab, and Azam Khan were wearing during the PSL drafts. You can order this jacket in red, black, blue, yellow, green, and off-white color. And you can get it by paying 9000 PKR. The pre-order is open till 10 January 2024
Jordan Cox is on fire
4 January 2024
Islamabad United’s platinum pick, Jordan Cox, is in the red hot form. The young wicketkeeper-batsman from Kent is playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League 2024. In the match against Hobart Hurricanes, the batter scored 47 runs in 36 deliveries. He scored at a strike rate of 130, with 3 fours and 3 sixes. The team was in a sticky situation. However, Jordan scored these runs, steering his team to a decent total. Even if Melbourne Renegades couldn’t win, the innings from Jordan are a representation of resistance, a resistance that is enough to show everyone why he is the platinum pick. If you want to see him in action, tune in to HBL PSL 9 starting on 17 February 2024.
Sports meets fashion
4 December 2024
So finally, the day has come. We promised you about revealing a prospective partnership between Islamabad United and some other company. Now, we know that this company is none other than Gym Armour. They are collaborating with Islamabad United to launch the Alpha Collection. This Alpha Collection is going to be a blend of the United colors and the fashion sense from Gym Armour. Gym Armour collaborated with PSL teams last time as well. And I must tell you, this was awesome. The design, the quality, everything was picture-perfect. Are you ready to buy the Alpha Collection?
A prospective partnership?
2 January 2024
Islamabad United has recently posted a video where they hinted at a possible partnership with a company for their merchandise. This is going ot be interesting because merch is a very important part of any tournament. Are you ready to find out how the kits are going to look like, and from where you can buy them? Turn on the notifications then.
ISLU’s New Year resolution
1 January 2024
Islamabad United has just shared its new-year resolution with us all. They shared a picture that had three stars on it. What does this represent? Well, ISLU already has won 2 PSL titles. They won PSL 1 and PSL 3. However, they haven’t been able to win any more seasons since then. Also, the franchise has been pretty average. They shared the three stars, indicating their resolve to win this year’s third season. Will ISLU be able to win the PSL 9? If you turn on the notifications and read our blogs regularly, we will only find that out.
It is about creating a lasting legacy
29 December 2023
Commenting on the recent partnership between Tim Hortons and Islamabad United, Mr Ali Naqvi stated that this partnership is about creating a lasting legacy with Tim Hortons’ taste and aromatic coffee. His statement showcased how excited he was for creating a unique experience for the Islamabad United fans. So if you are an ISLU fan, you are lucky that the team owner is so focused on making things the best for all of us. Cheers!
A meeting with the strategy team
27 December 2023
The ISLU team released a video where they spoke to their strategy team member, Ben Jones. Here is what Ben had to say about different things brought up at this little meeting.
What is your role as a data analyst in Islamabad United?
There is a lot of Data that you have to look out for to make plans for the game. And this is my role in the team.
What was your preparation like for the draft?
It was a lot of work. We already had a good team. However, it took a lot of time to prepare the plan A, B, C, and D in case anything goes south during the draft. We also had to set some key roles that we needed in the team. And I think we got the best choices.
Are you satisfied with the results from PSL 9 drafts?
100% satisfied. From Jordan Cox to Tymal Mills, we got everything right.
Data analysis is fairly new practice in cricket. Do you think franchises and teams have room to improve in this domain?
Islamabad United is the flag bearer in this domain. And more teams are catching up. Now, we can take this to the next level with gathering physical data. For example, the sprints a player does on the field, any weird angles during the catch, etc.
How much stats can improve a team’s game?
The potential is infinite.
How much your plan gets implemented on the field?
I think they follow a good amount of it on the ground. It is not a 100% but nothing can ever be perfect. It is all about if you have followed the most important part of the plan or not.
Tim Hortons join the ISLU gang
24 December 2023
In a recent post, Islamabad United has announced Tim Hortons as their official coffee and cafe partner. Tim Hortons is a Canadian coffee brand that recently entered the Pakistani market. You will be amazed to see how it captured the market share away from established brands like Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, and other cafes. Islamabad United has announced on their social media that Tim Hortons is the brand and the “wild card” entry from Canada. So much for the “wild card” player we spoke about yesterday. Well, what do you guys have to say about this new Sheru?
A wild card entry?
23 December 2023
There might be a new ISLU player entering the play. This is because some players might be unavailable for the 9th edition of PSL. For a prospective unavailable player, Islamabad United is going to use the wild card and get a new player. They have already hinted at the possible player. The wild card player will be from Canada. In a recent post on X, ISLU has hinted that the player will join from Canada. Fans are expecting that a Canadian cricket player will join the party. However, a foreign player in Canada might enter the team. What are your thoughts? Who should join the ISLU squad for PSL 2024? Share with us in the comments section.
Sheru selected for series against New Zealand
19 December 2023
Our very own share, Azam Khan, has been selected for the T20 series against New Zealand. The chief selector commented that they wanted to give Azam Khan a chance in the national squad as well. Azam has performed really well in the National T20 Cup. Hence, the guy has earned himself a spot in the T20 series against the Black Caps.
18 December 2023
Today was the birthday of the best all-rounder you will see in PSL. The ISLU social media team celebrated his 35th birthday in Sheru style. And the social media team was creative with this Sheru wish. Look at what they had to say:
“May your day be as dynamic as your left-arm spin and as impactful as your powerful hits.”via – @IsbUnited
An interview with the coach!
17 December 2023
Islamabad United’s social media team uploaded a Q&A session with their head coach, Mike Hesson. Let’s see what they discussed during this little meet-up.
Question 1: This is your first time coaching in Pakistan and a PSL franchise. What surprised you the most? How was the transition for you?
Mike Hesson started by stating that he is undoubtedly looking forward to getting involved with PSL. He hasn’t been to Pakistan before. But he was always keen to be a part of the Pakistan Super League. Due to his unavailability, he wasn’t able to become part of this tournament. Luckily, he is available now.
What surprised him the most was the depth of domestic cricket and the talent that is emerging from Pakistan’s domestic system. The talent is interesting if you look at the emerging fast bowlers and the clean hitters that Pakistan is producing from its domestic cricket.
Question 2: You have been a part of IPL and PSL both. Any differences regarding the playing styles or the team dynamics?
He said that PSL has a slightly smaller squad, which is easier to manage. However, he thinks that it is too early to answer this question completely. Mike acknowledged that the seam bowling talent in Pakistan’s local circuit is of a higher quality than India’s. He said that PSL sees a lot more flat tracks, which forces fast bowlers to have that speed. In the case of IPL, there are some changes in the pitches, which encourages different skills to shine.
Question 3: What did you hear about ISLU and its culture before? And what are your thoughts about the franchise now?
Mike started the answer by saying that he had heard a lot of compliments about the team’s culture and family-like environment. So when he came, he met the players, spoke to the management, and tried to figure out the strengths and weaknesses so can could work on them later on. The players love playing for ISLU; they are very bubbly and have a sense of humor and energy, which Mike loves a lot.
Question 4: How will your coaching style gel in with ISLU’s Dimagh Se approach?
Hesson said that he will try to be maliable and adjust with the team. Different coaches have different mindsets, which they try to implement in the teams. However, Hesson said that it is his strength to be flexible and adjust according to players. All the players in the team are different, and their role is to maximize their talents. He wants to work according to what is best for the players rather than what is more comfortable for him as a coach. Hesson wants to achieve great things together with the team, and this is what the role of a coach is all about.
Question 5: After the drafts, which players are you most excited about and why?
He said that he was excited to see Hunain Shah. His brother was a good trade. However, he wanted to see an emerging player that created a lot of impact in the squad. He has performed well in the National T20 Cup. Hunain can bowl in different phases of the game and has some pace, which makes him an exciting prospect.
Hesson also spoke about Jordan Cox. A lot of fans might not know about him, but he has been an exciting talent in franchise cricket in the past few months.
Question 6: You selected all the Shah brothers in the team? Is this a mere coincidence or..?
Hesson answered that by saying that it wasn’t a plan, obviously. This was purely a cricketing decision and nothing else. Hunain was an obvious choice since he was one of the best performers in the National T20 Cup. They thought that Ubaid would get picked earlier by other teams. The team had other plans, they wanted to pick two quality seamers in the emerging category. However, some of their planned players got picked, and they noticed Ubaid was still available, so they went with him. Ubaid is a different type of bowler, which brings variation to the table. It is all just a coincidence.
Question 7: Do you think it is going to be tricky to navigate this dynamic of having three brothers on the same team?
Mike disagreed that it was going to be “tricky.” He said that they have seen two brothers on the same team, for example, the McCullum brothers, the Marsh brothers, etc. However, three is going to be a little different and exciting.
Announcing Power Partners
16 December 2023
Islamabad United has signed a deal with Fast Cables, where they announced the company as their power partner. The ISLU social media team labeled it as a hallmark moment for the franchise this season. From the players, Azam Khan was present there, representing the entire team at the MoU signing table. It must be noted that this is the 7th time Fast Cables have signed this partnership with Islamabad United. They signed the MoU for the first time during PSL 3.
Style like the Sherus
15 December 2023
You can now style yourself like the sherus. How? Remember the jackets the Islamabad United table was wearing? You can have those iconic jackets as well. Islamabad United management will post the official stores soon. However, the fans can do the pre-booking. How? You have to like their post on X and other social media platforms. Maybe they will contact you, and you will get the ISLU jackets before anyone else will get their hands on them.
Foodpanda becomes Islamabad United’s title sponsor
14 December 2023
Today, ISLU announced Foodpanda as their official title sponsor. They signed an MoU with Foodpanda, Pakistan’s leading food delivery app. Apart from food, you can also get your groceries and medicine delivered to your doorstep using Foodpanda.
Islamabad United picks in PSL 9 Draft
14 December 2023
PSL 9 draft happened with all the glory it had to offer. Star players from Islamabad United were present during the drafts. This includes Naseem, Azam, and Shadab. Here, we will tell you the picks they had in the process, including the Shah hat trick. But the #DimaghSe approach was led by the coach, Mike Hesson, and Rehan-ul-Haq.
|Mathew Forde, Salman Ali Agha, Qasim Akram, Shahab Khan
|Hunain Shah, Ubaid Shah
|Shamyl Hussain, Tom Curran
What do you have to say about these picks?
Sherus are gearing up for the draft
13 December 2023
Naseem Shah and Shadab Khan entered the scene for the PSL Drafts 2024. Both players were looking quite stylish. It seems like Islamabad United will market the team on these players. And why shouldn’t they? Naseem Shah’s trade was the most anticipated one in this season. You could say it was the one that set the tone for PSL Drafts. Before Naseem Shah’s trade, the internet wasn’t buzzing as much now.
Meet and Greet session with the players
12 December 2023
Shadab Khan and Azam Khan, the most promising players from Islamabad United, had a meet-and-greet session with fans in NUST. The meet and greet was in Jinnah Auditorium, CIPS. This little question-and-answer session was also streamed live on Facebook. Both players interacted with the fans during this session and answered their curiosities. Islamabad United is planning another such session tomorrow at 1 pm. Where will this happen? We will announce the details soon in this article. So stay tuned, turn on the notifications, and keep returning to this blog for the latest updates.
Official nutrition partner
11 December 2023
In a recent post on X, Islamabad United announced they will continue their partnership with Tetrapak as their official nutrition partner. It has already been six years since TetraPak has provided nutrition to the United Sherus with its exceptional products. This year, they will continue to provide this value to the ISLU team.
Karachi Whites win the National T20 Cup
11 December 2023
Azam Khan, the Sheru from Islamabad United, has won his other team, the National T20 Cup. He was representing Karachi Whites in the final of the National T20 Cup. Karachi Whites were playing against the Abbottabad team. Although Azam Khan couldn’t score that much, he entertained the audience with 14 runs in 8 deliveries, one classic 4, and a flaring sixer. But this wasn’t the time where he made the audience cheer. His catch behind the stumps on Dahani’s delivery showcased his wicketkeeping abilities. Karachi Whites won this match by 9 runs.
Naseem shares his thoughts about the Trade
10 December 2023
Naseem was fed up with the lengthy process. He was excited to join his new family in HBL PSL. He considered leaving Quetta Gladiators very hard. However, he likes the environment in the dressing room and how the team takes care of its players. In the end, he was excited to play for Islamabad United.
Azam Khan becomes Man of the match
10 December 2023
Azam Khan, the bombastic wicketkeeper batter from ISLU, recently won the Man of the Match award in the National T20 Cup. He scored 38 runs in 25 balls while chasing 177 runs. This propelled Karachi Whites to the Finale of the National T20 Cup. Sheru wins it for his teams all the time!
Islamabad coach and players share their thoughts
9 December 2023
Now that 8 “Sherus” are confirmed for the upcoming season, some players and the head coach have shared their thoughts. Let’s have a brief look at what they said.
Mike Hesson: The head coach is excited to work towards improvement in the team. He expressed his excitement to work with the players in Pakistan during PSL and wishes to coach the talented and motivated squad. Hesson also told me how hard it was to prepare the retention list. He discussed the key point of focusing on local players that will work well, as well as Imad and Naseem’s inclusion.
Colin Munro: He felt like he was back home and was excited to represent ISLU again. He spoke about how Shadab’s leadership makes it easier to play in one of the most competitive leagues in the world.
Alex Hales: Hales wants to repay the faith that ISLU has shown in him. Islamabad is a beautiful city, and he is excited to represent this city for the 4th time in HBL PSL.
Shadab Khan: Shadab was down to let go of some players. However, he thinks these decisions are for the best of the team. Imad and Naseem are key players for him, and he hopes that ISLU can go for a win this time.
Imad Wasim: Imad expressed how hard it was to leave Karachi. However, he had no choice since Islamabad is his hometown. He is happy that his role is clear for PSL 9 and is looking forward to the dynamic approach of the franchise.
Azam Khan: Azam came clean and said some teams contacted him for a trade. However, he likes to play for ISLU and has no problem playing again for the franchise. LOYALTY.
Naseem Shah fit to represent ISLU
7 December 2023
In a recent talk with the media, Wahab Riaz gave updates on the fitness level of Naseem Shah. As you may already know, Islamabad United paid a hefty price for the young fast bowler. However, there were concerns about whether he could play for the franchise since he was recovering from surgery and undergoing rehab.
However, the last phase of his rehab went well, and now the pacer can bamboozle the batters with his outswingers for Islamabad United.
Wahab Riaz told the media that Naseem is fit for PSL 9 and is also in his plans for the Kiwis series. Let’s see what Naseem Shah’s comeback will look like.
Answering fans’ questions
6 December 2023
It is important to keep your fans engaged. And to do that, you have to use social media platforms. This way, you can create a sense of familiarity and camaraderie with them. And Islamabad UNITED united all the fans with a social media campaign that urged them to use the hashtags #IslamabadUnited to ask questions regarding player retentions and draft rules.
This session was held between 2-3 pm PST. ISLU answered a lot of questions. This way, they were also trending number one on X Pakistan for a while.
You can follow their social media to know more about it.
ISLU Squad on the move!
5 December 2023
There are a lot of surprising details about Islamabad’s squad right now. They have gotten Imad Wasim, and it seems like this trade will serve them well. Imad has recently bowled excellently in the T10 league and finished the game with bowling figures of 1-16. If you can do that in a T10 league, imagine what he will do in the PSL.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
Who is going to be the vice-captain of the team?
Asif Ali is going to lead the team as their vice-captain
Is Ruman Raees back in the playing eleven?
Not everyone out there seems to know he is back in the squad. Yes, he was injured at first. But now he is out of rehab and is ready to deceive the batsmen with his sly slower ones. We updated Multan Sultans Squad here.