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5 newcomers to watch out for in HBL PSL V
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5 newcomers to watch out for in HBL PSL V

Rohail Nazir

Pakistan Under-19 captain Rohail Nazir showed a glimpse of his solid temperament in the ICC U19 2020 World Cup as in the high-voltage semifinal against arch-rivals India, where Pakistan batting capitulated against quality Indian pacers, Rohail was the rare bright spot with the bat. He scored a valiant 62-run knock albeit for a losing cause. 

Before the marquee tournament, Rohail scored a scintillating century against Bangladesh in the final of Emerging Teams Asia Cup. The 18-year-old bludgeoned 12 boundaries and three sixes in his 111-run match-winning innings.

Naseem Shah

The 17-year-old-prodigy has already made it big in international cricket and has been making the headlines even before he made his international debut against Australia in November 2019. After a lukewarm Down Under tour, he showed substantial progress and bagged a fifer against Sri Lanka in Karachi Test in December. Thereon, the tearaway quick shellshocked Bangladesh earlier this month with a jaw-dropping hat-trick. 

He clocks late 140s with a vintage bowling action and his ability to dart scorching bumpers is certainly going to trouble the batsmen. He is destined to deliver the goods for Quetta Gladiators.

Zahid Mehmood  

Given the dearth of leg-spinners in Pakistan domestic circuit, Zahid Mahmood has been making inroads in the domestic circuit and outfoxing the batsmen with his delicious leg-spinners and wrong un's. Zahid was picked by Quetta Gladiators in the replacement draft for Keemo Paul and will be joining Fawad Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz in the reigning champions' spin attack.  

 Zahid Mahmood alongside other spinners in Quetta squad ©Quetta Gladiators

Zahid Mahmood alongside other spinners in Quetta squad ©Quetta Gladiators

The leggie from Dadu has been toiling in the domestic circuit from quite a long time and, come to think of it, a seasoned player often handles the international cricket pressure well. The 31-year-old is likely to get assistance from tracks in Pakistan where he has been bowling in his entire career. In National T20 Cup 2019, he bagged four wickets in a match against Sindh and gave a resounding proof of his skill.

Haider Ali

The young Under-19 batsman who represented Pakistan in the recently concluded U19 World Cup knows how to pierce the gaps in the field and he could be a handy option in the powerplay overs. 

He was drafted by Peshawar Zalmi in the supplementary category. Haider made quite an impression on former West Indies bowler and a renowned commentator Ian Bishop, who compared his delectable cover drives with Babar Azam. 

The batsman from Attock has been performing consistently at the U19 level and in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Not long ago, he played a fine knock of 56 off 77 balls against India in U19 World Cup and before that he struck an unbeaten 54 off just 24 deliveries in the Emerging Teams Asia Cup.

Zeeshan Ashraf

Zeeshan is a flamboyant southpaw who pounces on any width on offer and he is very strong square of the wicket. He was picked in the diamond category by Multan Sultans. While playing for Balochistan region in the Pakistan Cup 2019, he slammed 75 runs in the third one day match and that innings was laced with nine fours and a six. 

The fiery opener from Okara has four first-class centuries and five fifties to his name. Swathes of fans have drawn comparisons of his batting style with Sharjeel Khan and let's hope he lives up to the billing.