1) All HKT20 games are to played on a very small ground (Doesn’t matter wherever they play, all grounds in HK are extremely small). So, plenty of runs are expected in every game. 180 should be par.
2) There are only 5 overseas players available with every team & all 5 will play. (Except HKI who have 6)
3) All franchises have to include atleast one player from associate countries in their final 11.
Overseas: Rayad Emrit (WI), Samuel Badree (WI), Sohail Tanvir (Pak), Ravi Bopara (Eng), Kyle Coetzer (Sco)
Domestic Players: Anshuman Rath, Aizaz Khan, Waqas Barkat, Jamie Atkinson, Manjinder Singh, Ishtiaq Muhammad, Umar Mohammad, Raag Kapur, Mudassar Hussain, Siegfried Wai, Kalhan Marc Challu
Hong Kong Island United
Overseas players: Kamran Akmal (Pak), Mohammad Irfan (Pak), David Wiese (RSA), Luke Ronchi (NZ), Hussain Talat (Pak), Ryan Ten Doeschate (NED)
Domestic Players: Tanwir Afzaal (c), Ehsan Khan, Yasim Murtaza, Zeeshan Ali, Daniyal Bukhari, Ahsan Abbsai, Suhaib Ahmad, Jason Lui, Chris Carter, Hamed Khan
FCG’s Match Analysis:
1) Hong Kong Island United is a sister franchise of the inaugural PSL champs, Islamabad United.
2) They are the only team in the competition with 6 overseas players.
3) It’s quite difficult to guess HKU’s first 11 as even some of their local players are not actually local. Someone like Yasim Murtaza is another Pakistani crickter in their team who had played domestic cricket in Pakistan but should be treated here as a local.
Dream11’s player selection has been designed in such a way that in almost every game, your fate will be entirely dependant on the all-rounders section.
Because, almost everyone will be having the same batsmen & bowlers due to limited quality choices.
So, how to choose the all-rounders?
Though, the first game was a low scoring game due to City Kaitak’s poor batting but this tournament isn’t for the bowlers, this is a highly batting dominating tournament due to very short boundaries.
The point is, always look for Value for money picks in the all-rounder section.
Ideal choices should be the one who bats top the order & if bowls, mostly does in the death where there are increasingly more wicket opportunities.
So, a batting all-rounder should ideally be preferred over a bowling all-rounder. (Obviously, only if there’s no other choice)
Luke Ronchi, Carter (Wk), Akmal, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Afzal (C), Weise, Zeeshan/Bukhari, Ehsan Khan, Yasim Murtaza, Mohd Irfan, Suhaib Ahmad,
FCG’s players to watch out for:
Ronchi: Enjoying the form of his life after his international retirement. Ronchi’s recent form & these tiny Hong kong grounds can absolutely hammer any bowling attack in the world.
Ryan Ten Doeschate & Akmal: T20’s Freelance All-rounder & one of the best in the business Ryan Ten Doeschate is certainly a game changer, no matter wherever he plays.
Akmal, on the other hand is coming after a highly successful National T20 Cup (Pakistan’s own version of Syed Mushtaq) where he was also the Man of the Tournament.
Coetzer: Second appearance for him in HKT20 Blitz after a very successful last season (Overall Second Highest Run scorer in HKT20 Blitz) & as usual expect him to score crucial runs at the top for Kaitak.
Experience & consistency at 9crs is a steal.
Anshuman Rath: The next big thing for HK Cricket. After Nepal’s Sandeel Lamichaane, Anshuman can be the next Associate player to be picked in IPL in next few years.
This Elegant leftie has been quite consistent & rarely fails with bat.
Batsman: Ronchi, Coetzer, Barqat
All-rounders: Rath/Bopara, Ryan Ten, Sohail Tanvir/Tanvir Afzal