T20 is the latest version of domestic cricket which has a international flavor. The goal of T20 premier or Super league is to accomplish a strong economy & patronize local player for the welfare of national cricket through globalization. The organizer all over the world take different strategy regarding player selection, tournament progression, team name & so on to make the event colorful.
Category wise Player selection is common for every cricket board but it is named differently for individual country; such as category A,B,C or grade 1,2,3 etc. Pakistan Super League (PSL) is the upcoming (February 4 to February 24) T20 tournament with lot of promise. Player are categorized in PSL as Platinum, Diamond, Gold and Silver. 5 players have been taken from Platinum group as an Icon Player for 5 teams.
An Icon player is usually considered as a role model for emerging local player. A local player is generally motivated more from a native prominent figure. That is why icon players are chosen from local resource in Bangladesh Premier League, Caribbean Premier League. But in PSL, the icon players are Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Kevin Petersen, Shoiab Malik, Shane Watson. Now it has become a huge controversy. Younis khan in twitter, desired to be captain or mentor of a team.
But we think the Icon players for upcoming PSL could be as follows:
1. Shahid Afridi: A brand name for big hitting cricket who is known as boom boom. Afridi has played 190 T20’s and made 2839 runs at 154 strike rate. He has also taken 211 wickets with enviable economy 6.64
2. Younis Khan: The captain of World T20 champion Pakistan team. He hasn’t played plenty of T20 due to national team commitment in longer version. Nonetheless he has played 83 T20’s and scored 1864 runs at 117.30 strike rate which is good for any formats of the game.
3. Misbah-ul-Haq: The Test captain of Pakistan came into the spotlight through T20 world cup. He has also played a limited number of T20 due to busy Test schedule. He has accumulated 2901 runs in his 129 T20s.
4. Shoaib Malik: One of the best T20 all-rounders in the world. He was out of national team for a brief. Malik has played 213 T2o matches so far. A healthy 5584 runs with 123.6 strike rate has with his name. Shoaib Malik took 107 wickets maintaining 6.95 economy.
5. Sohail Tanvir: Though he is not in his top form but he has dominated in T20 all around the world. Tanvir was the leading wicket taker in inaugural IPL. He has picked 208 wickets in same number of matches. He is handy late order batsman too. Tanvir has scored 1488 runs at an impressive 121.2 strike rate.
PSL organizing committee may want to ensure participation of big name. It is noted that only icon players are confirmed in the squad due to the regulation of Player draft.
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