As the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight enters its last day, let us take a look at the top 11 local and foreign players who have made a name for themselves in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s flagship tournament.
Here is a look at the PSL 2023 Team of the Tournament.
1. Babar Azam – Peshawar Zalmi
The prolific batter is currently the highest run-scorer, 522, in the event and played a key role in his side’s run to the playoffs. Coupled with an improved strike-rate, Azam is one of the first names on the team sheet this season.
2. Mohammad Rizwan – Multan Sultans (c)
For the third consecutive year, the consistent Rizwan amassed 500 or more runs in a single edition of PSL. He is also the captain of the Team of the Tournament because of his impressive leadership skills.
3. Mohammad Haris – Peshawar Zalmi
The young Haris impressed one and all in the tournament with his enterprising stroke play. His fearless approach makes him a great asset for Zalmi and Pakistan cricket in general.
4. Rilee Rossouw – Multan Sultans
The South African batter has been a key player for Sultans this season with his clean hitting and game awareness during crunch times.
5. Azam Khan – Islamabad United
With his ability to clear the fence at will, Azam Khan can take the game away from the opposition in a matter of a few balls.
6. Imad Wasim – Karachi Kings
Despite the Kings failing to live up to expectations, their captain Imad Wasim was in great touch, especially with the bat, throughout the league stage.
7. Faheem Ashraf – Islamabad United
The all-rounder provides balance to the side with his ability to finish a match while also being a handy option with the ball.
Batting strike-rate: 149.30
8. Rashid Khan – Lahore Qalandars
The wily Afghanistan leg-spinner was instrumental in ensuring that Lahore played their second consecutive PSL final.
9. Abbas Afridi – Multan Sultans
The emerging right-armer has been a crucial part of the Sultans’ campaign this year by picking up regular wickets during the death overs. He is also the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
10. Ihsanullah – Multan Sultans
Ihsanullah stole the limelight this season with his pace and accuracy, which makes him one of the players to watch out for in the future.
11. Haris Rauf – Lahore Qalandars
The speedster regularly chipped away at the wickets during the tournament and remained an important member of Lahore’s bowling attack.