PSL 2019: Mohammad Sami appointed as Islamabad United captain
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi on Monday named veteran fast bowler Mohammad Sami as the team’s captain for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
In a video statement, Mr Naqvi announced: :”We are very proud to announce that we are appointing Mohammad Sami the captain of Islamabad United for Season 4 of the PSL.”
“Mohammad Sami has been a true match-winner not only for Islamabad United but an amazing bowler overall for the PSL itself. We are really really happy for him and his entire family.”
“We look forward to him leading from the front and gives his best which he always does,” he added.
This will be the first time that Islamabad United will be without Misbah ul Haq who has now joined Peshawar Zalmi.
The fourth edition of the PSL will kick off on February 14.
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) February 4, 2019
Islamabad United, the winners of the inaugural HBL PSL and the defending PSL champions, is proud to announce that Mohammad Sami will captain the side for HBL PSL 4.
Mohammad Sami was picked up by Islamabad United in the Gold Category Draft for PSL1. Since then he has taken 37 wickets in 27 PSL matches at an economy rate of just 6.55. Sami is the second highest wicket taker in PSL history – the highest for Islamabad United – and his economy rate is second only to Rumman Raees among pacers in PSL history.
Sami, who played 136 international matches for Pakistan, has been an ever present for the franchise, and is the senior-most member of the squad for HBL PSL4.
Regarding the appointment, Ali Naqvi, the owner of the franchise said, “Sami has always served the franchise with utmost respect and honour. He has always conducted himself in way that defines us and has been one of the stars for the team over the past three years, winning multiple matches on his own. Furthermore, he has years of captaincy experience – he has captained various Karachi teams, on and off, for almost a decade now, and has been successful in that role. He was our first choice for the role, and we are pleased that he will be leading the franchise for this edition of the PSL.”
Mohammad Sami welcomed this appointment, saying, “It’s an honour for me that Islamabad United and Ali Naqvi have selected me to lead the franchise. I have always aimed to give my all to the team, to repay the faith that they have vested in him, and I hope that I will be able to rise to this challenge too. I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity and I hope that I will continue Islamabad United’s tradition of success.”
Islamabad United is one of the six franchise teams in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and is the winner of the first and third seasons of the PSL. The franchise believes in bringing change to Pakistani sports with the introduction of international standards of practice and a commitment to continuous progress.