Its time to talk about Islamabad United. Islamabad United team owned by Leonine Global is a team in the newly started Pakistan Super League (PSL). The Islamabad franchise was sold to a Venture Capital company (Leonine Global Sports) for US$15 Million (for 10 years so 1.5 million annual). The name is “Islamabad United” because Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan and United shows unity among people of Pakistan, so it has an impactful meaning and very attractive name (a bit like Manchester United). Team logo was revealed on 21 December 2015 in a ceremony held at Polo Club in Islamabad. Logo features a lion and official signatures of the team. Team management said that the logo symbolizes courage, power and aggression. Team’s color will be Orange.
The team’s Icon Player is Shane Watson from Australia one of a brilliant all rounder with an average of 30 and strike rate of 140.Watson was also man of the tournament in 2012 t20 world cup where he hit 4 consecutive 50s also more then 100 wickets in this format.
Captain announced by Islamabad United is Misbah ul Haq (also captain of Pakistan Test team) the only Pakistani T20 batsman who came to number one batsman ranking in T20. He is also the only Pakistani batsman who has an average of 37 in T20 International.
Other Prominent players include Andre Russell from West Indies one of the most prominent all-rounder of this format usually known for his big sixes and contain 160 sixes and 131 wickets in this format.
Brad Haddin, from Australia one of the most brilliant Wicket keeper after Adam Ghrilchrist and usually know for his brilliant catches and stumping can be very useful for the United.
Sam Billings from England is selected after his brilliant performance against Pakistan in UAE having a lot of Experience in England county.
Samuel Badree from West Indies is one of the best spinner of this format and he also got number 1 bowler ranking in t20.
Other players include World tallest cricketer Mohammad Irfan, who is usually known for his bouncers and tallest height. Sharjeel Khan a very aggressive opener known for his hard hitting and big sixes. Mohammad Sami known for his pace and he is selected on the base of his superb performance in BPL. Khalid Latif Babar Azam, Umar Amin, kamran Ghulam, Imran Khalid, Ahmad Butt in the other categories of players draft and then In supplementary round they selected Saeed Ajmal, Ashar Zaidi, Umar Siddique and Hussain Talat.
In the management Islamabad United have big names from world cricket like Wasim Akram and Dean Jones as their Director and Head coach respectively. Team management together participated in the players draft held on 21st and 22nd of December 2015: Very good decisions were made to select the best possible team and this shows the Importance of a good team management. Islamabad will start their campaign in the first match of the PSL on the 4th of February against Peshawer Zalmi.