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Islamabad United has undoubtedly been the most successful side in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) so far as it has already won 2 out of 3 titles. Having made it to the knock out stage in almost every season, Islamabad would enter PSL 4 as the favourites once again.

Having the perfect amalgamation of young talent from Pakistan and experienced international stars, Islamabad has defied all odds and produced some of the most exciting games of cricket in recent years even with an overall aged squad.

The abundance of all-rounders, like Shadab Khan, Samit Patel, Fahim Ashraf, and others, gives Islamabad a definite edge over other franchises as these players not only produce regular wickets, but are also quite handy with the bat.

Islamabad United would bank on power hitting of Luke Ronchi in the upcoming PSL since he was the main reason behind Islamabad’s title win last year as he scored 5 half-centuries in 11 games. The former Kiwi wicket-keeper batsman would be the backbone of the franchise’s batting and if he gets going this year too, it would be quite difficult for other teams to stop Islamabad from winning their 3rd PSL trophy.

Newly appointed skipper Mohammad Sami is the most experienced T20 bowler in the tournament as he has been involved in the shorter format since 2003. Sami’s variations have proved to be quite lethal in the past and they would be put to test once again this year. Having such a potent pacer in the lineups makes Islamabad’s lineup stand out in PSL.

Even though the franchise would not have the services of former captain Misbah-ul-Haq this year, but they would have the experienced Ian Bell in the squad who is coming off a successful T20 season in England.