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Islamabad United History, Facts & Players List 2019

Islamabad United History

Islamabad United are the inaugural champions of Pakistan Super League. They represent the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad. The team is owned by Amna Naqvi and Ali Naqvi.

A Message from Ali Naqvi and Amna Naqwi For Misbah

They defeated Quetta Gladiators in the very first season of PSL. They have won the title twice. Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi in the 3rd season of PSL to claim most number of titles so far in Pakistan Super League.

The team coach of Islamabad United is well renowned Australian player Dean Jones. Rumman Raees is the vice captain of this team.

Coaching Staff Of Islamabad United

Name Position
Ali Naqvi & Amna Naqvi  Owner
Pakistan Waqar Younis Director & Bowling coach
Australia Dean Jones Head Coach
Pakistan Tauseef Ahmed Assistant coach
Pakistan Saeed Ajmal Spin bowling coach
Pakistan Rehan ul Haq General Manager
Pakistan Hassan Cheema Team and Strategy Manager
Australia Dean Woodfodrd Fitness trainer
Australia Errol Alcott Physio

Misbah Ul Haq used to captain this side for last 3 seasons.

But he has been traded now and will play from the sixth team of Pakistan Super League.

The team director is Waqar Younis and Saeed Ajmal is balling coach for Islamabad United.

Luke Ronchi, who is most likely to get the captain’s cap for the fourth season of PSL has been the highest run scorer for Islamabad United.

And the highest wicket taker has been Muhammad Sami. Muhammad Sami is one of the oldest pacers in world cricket.

But he is quicker and smarter then most of the young players in the circuit. In the last season Fahim Ashraf was the highest wicket taker of IU.

He has been a part of Pakistan’s T20 and ODI side as well.

Pakistan Super League Schedule 2019

Islamabad Team Captains

No. Nat. Player From To Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR
Pakistan Misbah-ul-Haq 2016 Present 26 15 10 1 0 0
2 Australia Shane Watson 2016 2016 2 1 1 0 0 0
3 Pakistan Rumman Raees 2018 2018 2 1 1 0 0 0
4 South Africa JP Duminy 2018 2018 2 2 0 0 0 0

Islamabad United Players List

The below table is the current Squad for IU players 2019.

No. Name Nat. Date of Birth Bat Bowl Contract signed year Notes
Sahibzada Farhan Pakistan 6 March 1996 (age 22) R 2019
Ian Bell England 11 April 1982 (age 36) R R medium 2019 Overseas
Phil Salt Wales 28 August 1996 (age 22) R R off break 2019 Overseas
Asif Ali Pakistan 1 October 1991 (age 27) R R medium fast 2019
Nasir Nawaz Pakistan 5 October 1998 (age 20) R R medium fast 2019
Rizwan Hussain Pakistan 26 April 1996 (age 22) R 2019
Hussain Talat Pakistan 12 February 1996 (age 22) L R medium fast 2019
Amad Butt Pakistan 10 May 1995 (age 23) R R fast 2019
Cameron Delport South Africa 12 May 1989 (age 29) L R medium 2019 Overseas
Samit Patel England 30 November 1984 (age 34) R Slow L orthodox 2019 Overseas
Fahim Ashraf Pakistan 16 January 1994 (age 24) L R medium fast 2019
Waqas Maqsood Pakistan 4 November 1987 (age 31) L L medium fast 2019
Shadab Khan Pakistan 4 October 1998 (age 20) R R leg break 2019
Luke Ronchi New Zealand 23 April 1981 (age 37) R 2019 Captain; Overseas
Mohammad Sami Pakistan 24 February 1981 (age 37) R R fast 2019
Rumman Raees Pakistan 18 October 1991 (age 27) R L medium fast 2019
Zafar Gohar Pakistan 1 February 1995 (age 23) L slow L orthodox 2019
Wayne Parnell South Africa 30 July 1989 (age 29) L L fast medium 2019 Overseas
Zahir Khan Afghanistan 20 December 1998 (age 20) R slow L unorthodox 2019 Overseas
Muhammad Mus Pakistan 28 August 2000 (age 18) R R medium fast 2019

Islamabad United season 1 History

islamabad united season 1 champions

In their first season, Islamabad United were off color at start. They looked pretty ordinary in group stages. They won four of their eight matches in group stage.

They managed to sneak through to play-offs.

Islamabad United faced Karachi Kings in their first Eliminator.

Muhammad Sami outshined everyone in that match he took 5 wickets for 8 runs in that match and restricted Karachi Kings to just 110 runs.

Brad Haddin and Dwyane Smith scored fifties and chased the easy target in 15th over. Now the real challenge began. Karachi Kings was a weaker team.

But the next match was against a heavier team. Peshawar Zalmi, who were playing great. Sharjeel Khan scored first century of PSL in that match.

He made 117 of just 62 balls. With the help of remarkable century by Sharjeel, Islamabad managed to get 176 runs. Peshawar Zalmi felt too short of this target.

They only managed to score 126 runs and were bowled out. Imran Khalid took 4 wickets for just 20 runs.

After that comfortable win Islamabad United got the confidence and momentum for the finals.

Quetta Gladiators were already in Finals. So, this match was supposed to be a huge game.

Out of nowhere a team that everyone had undermined was in Finals.

In the final Match United opted to bowling first after winning the toss.

The decision was criticized in the balling span of IU, as Quetta Gladiators managed to post a good total of 174 on board.

Islamabad United had to chase a huge total in Finals. Dwyane Smith and Brad Haddin who were in good form showed their class in the big game and made 73 and 61 respectively.

Islamabad won the game with eight balls remaining. Thus, Islamabad United lifted the very first trophy of Pakistan Super League.

Most Runs By Islamabad United Players

Nat. Player From To Matches Innings Runs Average HS 100 50
New Zealand Luke Ronchi 2018 present 11 11 435 43.50 94* 0 5
Barbados Dwayne Smith 2016 2017 13 13 427 38.81 73 0 4
Pakistan Misbah-ul-Haq 2016 present 26 19 381 25.40 61* 0 1
Australia Shane Watson 2016 2017 15 15 365 26.07 79 0 1
Australia Brad Haddin 2016 2017 17 17 327 25.15 73 0 4

Islamabad United Season 2 Performance

In the second season of PSL, Islamabad United added Shadab Khan and Steven Finn in their squad. Islamabad United won their first match against Peshawar Zalmi.

They continued their wining streak from last season. Though they lost to Lahore Qalandars in the very next match. Highlight of that match was Misbah Ul Haq’s 61 of 36 balls.

He hit 5 sixes in that innings. Islamabad rebuilt their campaign after winning their next game against Quetta Gladiators. Sam Billings was the top scorer for that game.

He scored 78 runs in that match. Islamabad United lost their next match to Karachi Kings who were at that time on bottom of the table.

That match was affected by rain and Karachi won it by Duck-worth Lewis Method.

The next match was won by Islamabad united. It was a nail-biting finish. Islamabad won it on the last delivery. The next match was also a thrilling one.

Islamabad United posted a respectable total of 145 on board, which at a time seemed very difficult. They reached to 145 after Shadab’s 42 of just 24 balls.

It proved to be a tense game and Lahore Qalandars won the game by just 1 wicket. But the game that can be given the iconic status for PSL was the next game Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators.

Islamabad United posted a total of 166 runs. Quetta Gladiators seemed great till 16th over. They made 148 for the loss of one wicket.

Match was in their hands. But then after great comeback from Islamabad United team they lost the match by just 1 run. With this victory Islamabad United qualified to play-offs.

Just like the last season Islamabad United played Karachi Kings in first eliminator. They restricted Karachi Kings to just 126 runs.

It was expected to be an easy chase. But Islamabad United collapsed badly while chasing. They were all out on 82 and thus eliminated.

Most Wickets By IU Players

Nat. Player From To Matches Overs Wickets Average BBI Economy 4w 5w
Pakistan Mohammad Sami 2016 present 27 98.2 37 17.43 5/8 6.5 0 1
Barbados Andre Russell 2016 present 14 44.2 20 18.25 3/18 8.23 0 0
Pakistan Rumman Raees 2016 present 18 62.3 20 19.65 4/25 6.28 1 0
Pakistan Faheem Ashraf 2018 present 12 40 18 17.22 3/19 7.75 0 0
Pakistan Shadab Khan 2017 present 20 70.1 18 25.61 3/13 6.57 0 0

3rd Season Performance Of Islamabad United

islamabad united 2nd time campion

In the third season of PSL, Islamabad United started with a lost to Peshawar Zalmi. They couldn’t chase a good total of 176 and fell short 34 runs.

Thought they got back on track after winning from Multan Sultans in their next encounter. They again lost from Quetta Gladiators and could not defend their total of 135 runs.

Islamabad United managed to win a thrilling game against Lahore Qalandars. Lahore Qalandars leveled the small total posted by Islamabad United of 121 runs.

The match result was decided after a super over. Andre Russel won the match with a huge six. In the next match, IU ended the unbeaten run of Karachi Kings by beating them by 8 wickets in the chase of 154 runs.

Luke Ronchi’s aggressive innings of 71 runs of 37 balls was the cornerstone of the victory. This meant that the team had qualified for the final. Luke Ronchi was the hitman for this team.

He paved the way to finals for Islamabad United. Final was against Peshawar Zalmi. Peshawar posted a total of 148 on the score board that was easily chased by Islamabad United.

Luke Ronchi again played a wonderful knock. Islamabad united have won the title twice.

Head To Head Record Of Islamabad United with Other PSL Teams

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR SR%
Karachi Kings 2016–present 9 5 4 0 0 0 55.56
Lahore Qalandars 2016–present 6 3 2 1 0 0 58.33
Multan Sultans 2018–present 2 2 0 0 0 0 100.00
Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 7 4 3 0 0 0 57.14
Quetta Gladiators 2016–present 8 5 3 0 0 0 62.50

Over All Performance in PSL

Year Pld Won Loss Tie&W Tie&L NR SR(%) Position Summary
2016 11 7 4 0 0 0 63.63 1/5 Champions
2017 9 4 5 0 0 0 44.44 4/5 Play-offs
2018 12 8 3 1 0 0 75.00 1/6 Champions
Total 32 20 12 1 0 0 62.50 2 Titles

Islamabad United season 4 Prediction

For the fourth season of PSL, Islamabad United has left Misbah Ul Haq, the captain who made them win the tournament twice of the three times they played.

They haven’t announced a captain yet but Ian Bell or Luke Ronchi are heavy contenders for this job. We wish Islamabad United very best for this season of PSL.

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