Batsmen: Eoin Morgan, Lendl Simmons, Babar Azam, Khurram Manzoor, Colin Ingram, Joe Denly, Mohammad Taha
All-rounders: Imad Wasim (captain), Shahid Afridi, Ravi Bopara, Hasan Mohsin, David Wiese,
Wicket-keepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Saifullah Bangash
Bowlers: Mohammad Amir, Usama Mir, Usman Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr., Tabish Khan, Tymal Mills
Babar, Denly/Simmons , Ingram, Rizwan (Wk), Bopara, Afridi, Imad (C), Amir, Irfan Jn/ Hasan Mohsin (E), Usama Mir, Mills
FCG’s Team Analysis:
For the opening spot, Kent’s Joe Denly should be preferred over Simmons considering his purple patch with both bat & bowl.
The only thing that can go against him is abundance of all-rounders in the Karachi team.
Kings already have Bopara, Afridi, Imad & Ingram. With Usama Mir as their frontline spinner, they’ll have 4 leg spinning options.
4 leggies in playing 11? Interesting.
For the emerging player spot, Irfan Jr who played for LK last season will battle for a spot with Hasan Mohsin. (Medium pacer, represented Pak U19)
Khurram Manzoor is another player whom they can try as an opener, had a successful domestic season but still an unlikely starter.
All-rounders: Mohammad Nawaz, Jofra Archer, John Hastings, Shane Watson, Anwar Ali
Wicket-keepers: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Azam Khan
Bowlers: Hassan Khan, Mir Hamza, Rashid Khan, Rahat Ali, Faraz Ahmed, Ben Laughlin
Watson, Shafiq, Roussow, KP, Sarfaraz (C & Wk), Nawaz , Hassan khan, Archer, Anwar, Rahat, Mir Hamza/Usman Khan (If fit)
FCG’s Dream11 Team:
Bat: Ingram, Azam, Roussow
All-rounders: Bopara, Nawaz, Watson/Afridi
Bowlers: Archer, Mills, Amir, Mir
FCG’s Match Verdict:
Quetta looks very thin on the fast bowling department with Usman’s injury though he’ll be available later in the tournament (or maybe in this game if he gets fit). Archer has to deliver something really special for Gladiators to give them a chance.
Spin department will be their main strength & Nawaz’s form with both bat & ball will be crucial.
On the other hand, Karachi looking great on paper. Imad as Captain is a risky bet but Afridi’s inclusion is a big boost for them.
After Sultans in the opening game (which won), Karachi would be our pick for the game 2.