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PSL 2019

Mohammad Sami to succeed Misbah-ul-Haq as Islamabad United skipper

Two-time Pakistan Super League champions Islamabad United have appointed Mohammad Sami as their captain for the upcoming season starting February 14.

Sami, 37, has been an integral part of Islamabad United since the start of PSL with 37 wickets in 27 matches to his name.

The paceman will be assisted by young leg-spinner, Shadab Khan, who was announced as vice-captain of the franchise.

Islamabad United were previously led by Misbah-ul-Haq in the first three seasons of PSL. The veteran batsman first opted not to participate in PSL 4 as a player, but later made himself available for selection after leaving the defending champions. He was snapped up by Peshawar Zalmi in the players draft.

Announcing the new captain of his franchise, Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi said, "Sami has always served the franchise with utmost respect and honour. He has always conducted himself in way that defines us and has been one of the stars for the team over the past three years, winning multiple matches on his own.

“Furthermore, he has years of captaincy experience - he has captained various Karachi teams, on and off, for almost a decade now, and has been successful in that role."

In turn, Mohammad Sami expressed his delight on leading the side, declaring himself "honoured and privileged".

"It's an honour for me that Islamabad United and Ali Naqvi have selected me to lead the franchise. I have always aimed to give my all to the team, to repay the faith that they have vested in him, and I hope that I will be able to rise to this challenge too. I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity and I hope that I will continue Islamabad United's tradition of success."

Islamabad United kick off their campaign on February 14 as they will be facing Lahore Qalandars in the tournament opener.