Islamabad United Secures Naseem Shah in Major Swap Deal Ahead of PSL 9

Sat Dec 02 2023
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United has made a significant move ahead of PSL 9 by securing the services of fast-bowling sensation Naseem Shah in a major swap deal. The two-time PSL champions finalized the deal, making Naseem Shah a prominent addition to their squad.

The 20-year-old pacer, previously part of Quetta Gladiators, became a hot topic in the cricket fraternity, with several PSL franchises vying for his signature after reports circulated that he intended to leave Quetta. Islamabad United successfully outpaced competitors in the race to acquire Naseem Shah, who is expected to bring firepower to their bowling lineup.

In the exchange, Islamabad United let go of Abrar Ahmed and Muhammad Wasim Jr, who have now joined Quetta Gladiators.

This move follows another prominent swap deal where Islamabad United traded Imad Wasim to Karachi Kings, receiving pacer Hasan Ali in return. Imad Wasim, the Player of the Tournament in PSL 8, had a stellar season with 404 runs and nine wickets in 10 matches.

Teams Preparation for PSL 9

With these strategic swaps, Islamabad United is shaping up to be a formidable contender in PSL 9. The team already boasts hard-hitting talents such as Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Pakistan’s Azam Khan, and Asif Ali, along with all-rounders Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf.

The PSL 9 draft, scheduled for December 13 in Lahore, with teams making strategic moves to strengthen their squads. Meanwhile, the Islamabad United management seems to be making early and impactful decisions, signaling their ambition for success in the upcoming season.

In related news, all-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed joined Multan Sultans in a significant swap deal with Rilee Rossouw, making Iftikhar the first player to represent five different teams in the history of the league. Multan Sultans now hold the first platinum pick in the upcoming draft.

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