The 19-year old has made an immediate impact for Peshawar Zalmi in this edition of Pakistan Super League.
The third edition of Pakistan Super League has already thrown up plenty of surprises with many new faces making their mark in the competition. Peshawar Zalmi Captain Darren Sammy predicted to watch out for leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh as one of the players for the coming season.
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) February 24, 2018
The bowler is the youngest player in the Peshawar Zalmi squad for PSL 2018 but has already garnered appreciation from all cricketing circles.
Ibtisam Sheikh is not a tall guy and can be mistaken for a mascot of the Peshawar Zalmi. The young player is a powerhouse of talent and has a wide range of tricks in his armory.
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) February 19, 2018
At an age, when most would be keen to pursue their studies, Ibtisam took a different direction and focused all his energies on cricket.
In the first three games for Peshawar Zalmi, Ibtisam has already collected five wickets with splendid economy rate to add to that. He also took the wicket of leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who was the breakout star of the last edition of Pakistan Super League. Shadab Khan quickly rose to prominence and was regular in the Pakistan side in the one-day format over the last one year.
Islamabad United Head Coach Dean Jones was impressed with Ibtisam’s ability to produce his best with the ball at a young age. He stated that leg-spinner would indeed play for Pakistan in the future and would be a great situation for Pakistan as he might put pressure on the premier spinner Shadab Khan for a place in the limited-overs side.
Ibtisam Sheikh was pleased with Dean Jones evaluation and said that Pakistan Super League is a platform where youngsters can perform and gain international recognition. A lot of young players have come up the ranks to play for Pakistan over the last two year due to Pakistan Super League. His aim is to play for Pakistan and is determined to do well in PSL to play at the highest level.
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