KARACHI: A.B. de Villiers was named captain of HBL Pakistan Super League combined team of the fourth edition, which was selected by an independent panel comprising Mudassar Nazar, Ramiz Raja and Danny Morrison.
De Villiers displayed his talent and prowess in seven matches for Lahore Qalandars, in which he aggregated 218 runs at an average of 54.5 with a strike-rate of 129.
De Villiers has been named captain as per the event regulations to include four foreign players in the playing XI and comprises the best performers of the PSL 2019 keeping in mind a winning combination that was capable of defeating any franchise side in any given conditions.
Mudassar, who led the selection panel, said: “It has been a gigantic task to select a team comprising 12 players from a world-class event that produced a high number of quality individual performances.
“We as the panel members decided to select players who can form a combination that was capable of defeating any franchise side in the world in any given conditions. I don’t think anyone will
disagree that this is the best winning combination from the large pool of top performing players.”
Apart from de Villiers, the line-up includes four players from Peshawar Zalmi (Kamran Akmal, Kieron Pollard, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz), three from Karachi Kings (Babar Azam, Colin Ingram and Umar Khan), two from Islamabad United (Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf), while new champions Quetta Gladiators are represented in this imaginary by only their Australian star Shane Watson.
De Villiers’ Qalandars’ team-mate Sandeep Lamichhane has been chosen as the 12th player.
Team: Shane Watson (Quetta Gladiators, 430 runs); Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper, Peshawar Zalmi, 357 runs, nine dismissals), Babar Azam (Karachi Kings, 335 runs), A.B. de Villiers (captain, Lahore Qalandars, 218 runs) Colin Ingram (Karachi Kings, 344 runs); Asif Ali (Islamabad United, 281 runs), Kieron Pollard (Peshawar Zalmi, 284 runs, five wickets), Faheem Ashraf (Islamabad United, 21 wickets), Wahab Riaz (Peshawar Zalmi, 17 wickets), Hasan Ali (Peshawar Zalmi, 25 wickets), Umar Khan (Karachi Kings, 15 wickets); 12Th man: Sandeep Lamichhane (Lahore Qalandars, 11 wickets).
Published in Dawn, March 19th, 2019