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PSL 2019

Predictions: who will win PSL 2019?

Azhar Ali (Pakistan Test cricketer)

Who do you think is going to win PSL 2019?

I think Quetta Gladiators will win it because they have some really good spin bowlers – the likes of Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Asghar, Fawad Ahmed, Sunil Narine. Also, the teamwork they have shown in the previous three editions makes them favourite for this season.

Which team will end up at the bottom?

On paper Islamabad United and on record Lahore Qalandars. The Qalandars have a very good team but very often their balance is not right so you never know.

Who will be player of the tournament?

My pick will be Liam Dawson. I think if he is in good form. He has the potential to be the best player of the tournament because of his all-round abilities.

Zainab Abbas (PSL Presenter)

Who do you think is going to win PSL 2019?

I am going with Multan Sultans simply because they have a good mix of players this time. They have the all-rounder Andre Russell who has excelled in this format. They also have two great new ball bowlers in the form of Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan. Mohammad Abbas is there as well. And then of course there is Shahid Afridi, you can never really rule him out.

Which team will end up at the bottom?

I am going to say Quetta Gladiators only because their balance looks a little out of place and they are missing out on a genuine fast bowler.

Who will be player of the tournament?

It is a tough one but I will go with the in-form batsman Babar Azam.

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Osman Samiuddin (Senior Editor at ESPNCricinfo)

Who do you think is going to win PSL 2019?

I will go with Quetta Gladiators because they have players who are capable of winning in the tournament. The guys like Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Rilee Rossouw. I think the Gladiators are winning PSL 2019.

Which team will end up at the bottom?

Peshawar Zalmi or Lahore Qalandars

Who will be player of the tournament?

Bobby Prince, I mean Babar Azam. He is the number one batsman in T20I Rankings and is in a really good form. We all know about his T20 credentials. Just recently he became the fastest to 1,000 runs in T20Is. So, I think he has a very good chance to be the best player of the tournament.

Mazher Arshad (Cricket Statistician)

Who do you think is going to win PSL 2019?

I have a feeling that Peshawar Zalmi will win it this time. They have some really good fast bowlers in Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Chris Jordan, Umaid Asif and Sameen Gul. The two-time PSL winning captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s presence in their think-tank could play a vital role too. Darren Sammy has a good history of leading the teams to tournament wins. Their batting might be little weak but they say batsmen win you matches and bowlers win you tournaments. And Peshawar have those bowlers.

Which team will end up at the bottom?

It is tough to predict but I think Islamabad United and Multan Sultans will struggle to make it to the playoffs. Islamabad won the last tournament because of Luke Ronchi and Misbah’s captaincy. Ronchi is not in the same form and they have made a big mistake by not retaining Misbah. Their players, the likes of Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, even Shadab Khan the bowler, didn’t look at their best in the recent series against South Africa.

Who will be player of the tournament?

The way Babar Azam is batting these days, it is very tough to think beyond him. So, I’ll say Babar Azam has a bright chance to be the best batsman of the tournament. In bowling, Umaid Asif might surprise a few.

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Hemant Buch (Live Cricket Director)

Who do you think is going to win PSL 2019?

Islamabad United or Karachi Kings because they seem to have a good team on paper. Islamabad have quality players like Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Luke Ronchi etc. Karachi’s combination also looks good with Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Colin Munro, Babar Azam in the ranks.

Which team will end up at the bottom?

If you go by history then Lahore Qalandars. They have got the wooden spoon in all three editions. But I hope their fortunes change this time.

Who will be player of the tournament?

Shadab Khan.

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