The Pakistan Super League emerged as a wonderful source of entertainment for the cricket-deprived fans in the country back in 2016. It was also a chance for the local talent to rub shoulders with the best in the world as they shared dressing rooms with some of the cricketing legends from all over the world. Besides, it allowed Pakistani cricketers to showcase their talent and be picked at different T20 leagues from all over the world. It goes without a doubt that the PSL has allowed Pakistan to develop a new breed of some of the most talented T20 players. And, as the PSL 2020 draft is scheduled late in November, we’re inching closer to another amazing season of T20 cricket.
With all eyes on the PSL 5 draft now, there are a lot of rumors going on around who will be the players, currently with Pakistan team, to earn the highest bids during the auction. There are a lot of Pakistan players who have emerged as a great T20 talent over last couple of years and they certainly deserve to be among the highest paid players in PSL 2020.
- Babar Azam
Babar Azam has made a name for himself over last couple of years and he has already beaten the world’s best batsman Virat Kohli at different stages in his career so far. Aged only 24, Babar has already been able to reach the peak of his cricket and has become a T20I star. Though not a natural big-hitter, Babar plays most classic brand of cricket and his elegance and class would easily remind you of Virat Kohli and the likes.
The right-hander plays according to the fields and doesn’t often take too many risks. Still, he manages to milk runs quickly and stays on top of the game. He mostly plays his shots all along the ground and shows his class with the bat every now and then. Recently, in the opening game of the National T20 Cup he struck a brilliant hundred scoring 102* from just 59 balls. So, that certainly showcases his talent and increases his worth as a T20 player despite his conventional style of batting.
Keeping wickets intact, he also allows the batsmen on the other end to play freely and keep the run rate high. He is currently No. 1 in T20I batsmen rankings and certainly deserves a huge contract at the upcoming Pakistan Super League 2020 auction. He is one Pakistan player who you can expect to seal the highest bid.
- Imad Wasim
The new captain of the Karachi Kings since PSL 4, Imad Wasim has grown himself into a wonderful all-rounder over a year or so. He usually opens the bowling in T20Is for Pakistan and does a great job with his tight line and wicket-to-wicket bowling. He is often among wickets too. He’s street smart and you’ll always find him a step ahead of the opposition batsmen as he has a variety of tricks to deceive them as he bowls. His slow left-armers are a treat to watch and can come in handy at any stage of the game.
Though he may not have some wong-uns or other magical deliveries, he does the trick by varying his pace often and outfoxing the opponents cleverly. So far, he has featured in 156 T20 matches in total and has managed to pick 141 scalps with his tight, clever bowling. He is quite economical as well and gets through his overs pretty quickly.
Besides bowling like a pro, Imad’s batting skills have improved quite a lot lately. We saw a gem of knock from him against Sri Lanka in the recent series where he was about to take the game away from the opposition single-handedly. He hits the ball cleanly and far enough no matter at what position he is given a chance to bat. You can always expect some quick knocks from him.
So, overall, Imad really makes a wonderful package and he is the one for the future. You can expect him to earn a good bid this time around at the PSL 5 draft considering the great form he is experiencing since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He is confident, and he is hitting the ball nice and clean too. In fact, he’s already in the radar of the selectors and they’d be ready to pay him a bit extra for sure.
- Ahmad Shehzad
Despite his indecent performances at the recently concluded Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, Ahmad Shehzad can’t be out of the race for highest paid players at the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League. The right-handed batsmen couldn’t impress much with the bat in his come-back series against Sri Lanka at home, but he did help his side clinch an unlikely win at the ongoing National T20 Cup.
The right-hander played a blistering knock of 111* from only 63 balls. It was a match winning knock too and earned him great respect for sure. And with that, his chances of being picked in the T20I squad for the upcoming Pakistan-Australia series have brightened up further as well. Obviously, there are still many games left in the tournament and he has great chance to show his potential to the selectors.
Besides, his performances at the 2019 Pakistan Super League were utterly impressive as well. He scored 311 runs from just 8 games for Quetta Gladiators with the highest of 99. The average of 51.83 and a strike rate of 126.93 was a cherry on top and that certainly lifted the selectors’ belief in Shehzad.
Having such a strong performance at the PSL 2019 to back his selection at the upcoming PSL 2020 auction, Shehzad would definitely be among the highest bid earners for the next season. We don’t have too much time left until the draft will get underway. So, you will find it out for yourself exactly how things will move forward in the upcoming season for the Gladiators’ prized opening batsman.
- Mohammad Amir
Having a pacer who can manage things at will in the death overs always turns out to be handy in any form of cricket, let alone T20s. That certainly increases Mohammad Amir’s importance for any team and we have seen him doing the trick regularly for Pakistan in recent past.
With all the batting heroics being displayed in T20 cricket lately, death bowling is certainly an art to master and it is valued more than anything else by the modern-day selectors. The capability to bring about bowling variations and nailing them to perfection in high-pressure games is certainly something to cherish in the T20 games.
That’s exactly the reason why Mohammad Amir would make a perfect choice for any franchise in the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League. He has played 133 T20s so far in his career and has managed 160 scalps in all those games. His economy of 6.81 is pretty impressive too. This is something tremendous for somebody who bowls in the powerplays early on and then returns towards the end of the innings when the charge is on.
He is capable of creating amazing angles with the new ball too and can be hard to counter for the batsmen. Besides, his capability to swing the cricket ball in either direction is impeccable too. If the fielders won’t drop catches off his bowling, he’d have achieved much more than what he has so far in his international career. Besides, with the pace that he generates, he’s definitely going to be a hot shot for selectors of different franchises at the upcoming PSL 2020 draft.
He has proved his worth at the previous editions of the tournament too and would be likely to do that yet again. We’re sure he’s going to bag a significant contract this time around too.
- Hasan Ali
Despite not having a wonderful year so far with the ball after his stunning performances at the Pakistan Super League, Hasan Ali remains one of the popular picks for the selectors at the Pakistan Super League 2020. He has been among the lead pacers for Pakistan since his wonderful run at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and his supreme run lasted until the Pakistan Super League 2019 where he bagged 25 wickets in 13 games and ended up on top of the table. So, how can you expect last year’s leading wicket taker to go down the lane as far as his selection in the upcoming event is concerned.
Recently, he has been impressive with the ball in the only game he played in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and his nip and whiz was quite noticeable. Nevertheless, a rare glimpse of bad form can’t destroy the credibility Hasan has earned over the years. He still remains an ace pacer and would enjoy the same status in the upcoming PSL 2020 edition as well. But can he earn one of the highest bids for the upcoming season?
We’d say he is likely to get that. He was the find of Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League and they have retained him for all the 4 seasons so far. So, they’d want to bet on him for sure and his superb performance in the PSL 4 will definitely give him the leverage he’d be looking for in order to negotiate an apparently unlikely highest bid. We still have almost a month to go until PSL draft, so let’s wait and see what the selectors and franchise owners have on their mind right now.
Whoever wins the highest bid of the tournament this time around at the PSL auction 2020, these top 5 players from the Pakistan national side are definitely going to be on the list. In fact, no one else from the current lot of Pakistan players can be expected to seal a bigger deal than these big names. What do you think about that? Would you like to agree? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.