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Foreign debutants to watch out for in PSL 2019
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Foreign debutants to watch out for in PSL 2019

A number of overseas cricketers have established their credentials by featuring in the Pakistan Super League with Luke Ronchi, player of the tournament in 2018, being a classic example.

While the upcoming PSL is a chance to shine for many emerging cricketers of Pakistan, it is also an opportunity for the overseas players to prove their worth and take their T20 credentials to new heights.

Here is a look at some of the foreign debutants who can make a significant impact for their franchises.

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Philip Salt (Islamabad United)

Philip Salt is a 22-year-old wicket-keeper batsman from Wales who represents Sussex in county cricket. Salt was Islamabad United’s third pick in the draft mainly because of his ability to score at a brisk pace.

In T20 Blast last year, the Welshman scored 355 runs at a stunning strike-rate of 172.33 and also hit four fifties. He also played three T20s for Lahore Qalandars in Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy last year in October in which his scores, while batting in the lower-order, were 37 not out, 15 and 26.

Salt has also opened the innings for Sussex and, if he does the same in this tournament, United could have the most destructive opening pair.

Liam Livingstone (Karachi Kings)

The 25-year-old captained Lancashire to the semi-final round in England's T20 Blast last year, but the most significant aspect of his performance in the tournament was his strike-rate. He scored 318 runs at a strike-rate of 188.16, the third highest in the competition, and also scored a 51-ball 100 against Derbyshire.

The Lancastrian was picked by Karachi Kings as one of the supplementary players, but will be available for the whole tournament.

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Sandeep Lamichhane (Lahore Qalandars)

The Nepalese spin wizard is the only player from the ICC’s associate teams in the PSL. Even though he made his T20 debut 10 months back, Lahore Qalandars will be his sixth team in the T20 leagues played across the globe.

In the ongoing Big Bash League, the 18-year-old has taken 11 wickets for Melbourne Stars at an average of 13.45 and an economy of just 6.83.

Since he will be playing alongside Yasir Shah, Qalandars could have the best leg-spinning pair of the tournament.

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Laurie Evans (Multan Sultans)

The 31-year-old batsman from England will feature in the PSL for the first time after he was snapped by Multan Sultans in the silver category.

Evans was the top run-getter in T20 Blast last year with 614 runs at an average of 68.22 and a strike rate of 135.84, which in turn, propelled Sussex to the finals of the competition.

In the past 12 months, he has scored 1,258 runs at 54.69 in T20 cricket. And as recently as last month, while playing in Bangladesh Premier League, he struck his maiden T20 century.

He could a play a significant role for Sultans in the absence of Steve Smith and Nicholas Pooran.