The highly-anticipated second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is set to kick-start from Thursday, and teams are gearing up with their last-minute preparations. Most of the foreign players of the five participating teams have also arrived, and they will try to steer their respective teams to victory in PSL 2017. All the five participating teams including defending champions Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, Lahore Qalanadars, Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi will battle it out for the glittering PSL 2017 trophy, which was unveiled on Monday in Dubai. There have been some changes in all the teams after the PSL 2017 draft took place in October last year. All the teams were busy during the time, and bought some quality players, with the hope of strengthening their teams to lift the PSL title. However, changes have also been made in the final squad of all the five teams, who were forced to do so with players ruling themselves out with injuries. Some others are giving the tournament a miss due to personal reasons. Players like Shaun Tait, Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, and Moeen Ali among others will not feature in PSL 2017, but stars like Marlon Samuels, Jason Roy and Rilee Rossouw have been named as replacements, maintaining the star value in all the teams.
Islamabad United: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings, Ben Duckkett, Steven Finn, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Smith, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, Hussain Talat, Amad Butt, Khalid Latif, Imran Khalid, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Syed Muzammil Shah, Shadab Khan, Zohaib Khan, Saeed Ajmal. Coach: Dean Jones
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Umar Gul, Tymal Mills, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Mahmudullah Riyad, Anwar Ali, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Nathan McCullum, Thisara Perera, Bismillah Khan, Mir Hamza, Zulfiqar Babar, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz, KHassan Khan, Saad Nasim, Umar Amin, Noor Wali. Coach: Moin Khan
Karachi Kings: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Bopara, Ryan McLaren, Mahela Jayawardene, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Khurram Manzoor, Kashif Bhatti, Safiullah Bangash, Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Shazaib Hasan, Sohail Khan, Usama Mir, Rahat Ali, Amad Alam, Abrar Ahmed. Coach: Mickey Arthur
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (captain), Eoin Morgan, Shahid Afridi, Chris Jordan, Samit Patel, Shakib Al Hasan, Marlon Samuels, Andre Fletcher, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Tamim Iqbal, Imran Khan (jr), Junaid Khan, Harris Sohail, Khushdil Shah, Kamran Akmal, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, Sohaib Maqsood, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez, M. Irfan Khan. Coach: Mohammad Akram
Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum (captain), Sunil Narine, Grant Elliot, Chris Green, Jason Roy, Yasir Shah, James Franklin, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Rizwan, Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Sohail Tanvir, Bilawal Bhatti, Saif Badar, Mohammad Irfan (Jr.), Zafar Gohar, Umar Akmal, Fakhar Zaman, Ghulam Mudassar, Usman Qadir. Coach: Paddy Upton