The 5th edition of Pakistan Super League will kick-start on Thursday which will be the first-ever edition to be played in Pakistan entirely. The defending champions Quetta Gladiators will take on the two-time champion Islamabad United in the opening game in Karachi.
The spotlight will obviously be on the No.1 ranked T20I batsman Babar Azam and also on the inform England batsmen Dawid Malan and Alex Hales. This tournament will be a crucial one for Haris Rauf to be in Pakistan’s first XI in the T20Is following his sensational performances in the BBL.
All the key stats and numbers ahead of the 5th edition of the Pakistan Super League:
2 – Dawid Malan is one of the two players to score multiple hundreds in the ongoing 2019-20 season in T20 cricket. The overseas player of the Islamabad United amassed 663 runs across 16 innings an average of 51. Malan struck two hundreds and four fifties at a strike rate of 148.98 in this season.
32 – Mohammad Amir’s 32 wickets in the 2019-20 season in the Twenty20 format are the 2nd most behind Tom Curran’s 36 scalps. Amir picked those 32 wickets from only 25 matches at an average of 21.18 which includes his maiden T20 5-wicket haul of 6/17.
93 – Wahab Riaz has picked up 93 wickets in the Twenty20 format on Pakistan soil. He needs 7 more wickets for becoming the first player to claim 100 T20 wickets in Pakistan. Wahab’s 93 T20 wickets in Pakistan are currently 3rd most behind Aizaz Cheema (96) and Saeed Ajmal (94).
321 – Kamran Akmal has scored 321 runs across 8 PSL matches in Pakistan; 138 runs more than the next best. In the 8 matches, Kamran scored three fifties and has a batting average of 40.12. He is also the leading run-getter in the PSL with 1286 runs to his name.
340 – Sohail Tanvir needs 10 more wickets to become the first Pakistan player and overall the 6th player with 350 wickets in Twenty20 cricket. Shahid Afridi is also inching close to the milestone having picked 335 wickets.
736 – Alex Hales has scored the 2nd most runs in the Twenty20 format during the 2019-20 season. He scored those 736 runs across 23 T20s at an average of 38.73 and a strike rate of 145.74. Hales struck seven fifties in this season and five consecutive innings of 47+ runs in the record BBL.
1114 – Shane Watson is one of the four players and the only foreigner to aggregate 1000 runs in the Pakistan Super League. Luke Ronchi (754) and Rilee Rossouw (750) are the other overseas players with 750+ PSL runs.
2813 – Runs Kamran Akmal has scored 2813 runs in the Twenty20 format on Pakistan soil. He needs 177 more runs to become the 2nd player after Shoaib Malik (3265) to complete 3000 T20 runs in Pakistan. Kamran and Shoaib featured in 107 and 102 T20 matches respectively in Pakistan; the only players to have played over 100 T20s on Pakistan soil.
6000 – Ahmed Shehzad (5918), Mohammad Hafeez (5837) and Kamran Akmal (5718) inch closer to 6000 runs in the Twenty20 format. Only Shoaib Malik (9653) has scored over 6000 T20 runs among Pakistan players.
Malik needs 347 runs more to become the 2nd player after Chris Gayle to reach 10000 T20 runs. Shoaib is also nine sixes away from becoming the first Pakistan player to hit 300 sixes in this format.
7000 – Ravi Bopara (6931) and Alex Hales (6910) need 69 runs and 90 runs respectively for completing 7000 runs in T20 cricket. Only Luke Wright (7587) has aggregated more than 7000 T20 runs among England players.