The third season of PSL 2018 is going to begin from 22nd February in UAE. There is no doubt that PSL has changed fortunes of Pakistan Cricket to a considerable degree. The influx of promising players such as Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali into the national setup is a good sign for the country that has faced isolation of all sorts since 2009.

The league has been a stage for emerging players to showcase their skills with the bat and ball. This is a mere fact that Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan have gained prominence and recognition while playing in the first two editions of PSL.

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Nawaz, and Mohammad Asghar also have earned their call-ups to the national side due to superlative performances produced in the league. It will be interesting to see which emerging players can create a significant impact with bat and ball. However, here are our five emerging players to watch out for PSL 2018.

Sahibzada Farhan

The 21-year old batsman has been picked by Islamabad United for the coming season. He could certainly grab the headlines in the upcoming PSL 2018. His style of play is quite similar to India’s Virender Sehwag as he seems to the batsman who is strong on the leg-side. Islamabad United selected Farhan in the emerging players during the PSL draft and is set to open the innings for the franchise alongside New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi.

The young batsman has all the talent to become a good player for Pakistan in the future and it will no surprise if he receives his maiden call-up to the national side in the coming months.

Shaheen Shah Afridi

Pakistan has a lot of left-arm pacers in their national sides such as Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan and Rahat Ali picked regularly across all three formats. Shaheen Shah Afridi is the new left-arm pace sensation who was picked by Lahore Qalandars. The 17-year old did well for Pakistan in the recently concluded Under-19 Cricket World Cup played in New Zealand.

Afridi is a tall bowler who can generate a considerable amount of pace to ruffle opposing batsmen in the coming season of PSL. He is surely one to watch out for in the PSL as he will be keen to make his mark in the league with the ball in hand.

Saud Shakeel

He is a promising left-handed opening batsman that will play for Quetta Gladiators in this year’s competition. He certainly is similar in his stance to Salman Butt with his premeditated stride by playing the ball.

Shakeel has done exceedingly well in the domestic circuit and averages 47.58 in limited-overs competition. He has certainly been consistent with the bat and will be keen to make full use of this opportunity to catch the eye of national selectors during PSL 2018.

Hasan Mohsin

He is a promising all-rounder who has learned his trade from the Rashid Latif Academy in Karachi. He is a T20 specialist and can do provide the utility with bat and ball. He can certainly a cricket ball a long distance and is the wily customer in the format.

He was picked by Karachi Kings in the Emerging Players category in the PSL draft held in November. Mohsin will certainly be determined to showcase his talent in PSL 2018.

Salman Irshad

The tall pace bowler from Azad Kashmir has gained fame and recognition for able to bowl consistently clock 150 kph in the session conducted by Lahore Qalandars. The 22-year old was the find of the talent hunt organized by Lahore Qalandars with the Aaqib Javed evaluating the contestants.

Irshad was one of the four players selected to play club cricket in Australia. It turned out to be a successful trip for Irshad as he picked up a lot of wickets during his stay in Australia playing for Hawkesbury Cricket Club.

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