HBL PSL5: Islamabad United’s Raees eager to team up with Steyn

Pacer is making a comeback after a long injury layoff

HBL PSL5: Islamabad United’s Raees eager to team up with Steyn PHOTO: AFP/PSL

Islamabad United pacer Rumman Raees is eager to bowl alongside South African pacer Dale Steyn, with the fifth edition of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) just around the corner.

While talking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Raees said that Steyn’s experience will be of great benefit for the entire side.

“I’m looking forward to bowling alongside Dale Steyn because of his experience in international cricket. He consistently remained the best bowler in the world for a long time and having such an individual in our squad is going to be beneficial for the side,” said Raees.

The left-arm pacer, who has been out of action since last edition of HBL PSL, was also keen on making a strong impact in the upcoming season.

“We are excited about participating in PSL5 especially because I’m making a comeback,” he said. “I’m keen on proving my form and fitness in the upcoming edition of the league and hopefully go on to play for Pakistan once again.”

On the other hand, Islamabad United owner Ali Naqvi was excited about the fact that the entire HBL PSL was taking place in Pakistan this year.

“We are excited about playing entire PSL in Pakistan and especially in front our home crowd in Rawalpindi,” said Naqvi. “The entire PSL in Pakistan is a big step towards making this league one of the best in the world.”

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Speaking about the decision of appointing leg-spinner Shadab Khan as the captain of the side, Naqvi said: “Although Shadab is a young but we are focused on developing the players, not only for our franchise but Pakistan national side as well, and this decision is part of that. We had tested Shadab’s leadership abilities last season too and he did well in that role.”

All 34 matches of PSL5 are set to be played across four international venues of the country, Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi, from February 20 to March 22.