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Misbah upbeat ahead of PSL5

The 45-year-old claimed that the return of cricket to Pakistan would encourage more youngsters to play the sport

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The most successful franchise in Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) history, Islamabad United have their sights set on claiming their third PSL title and are gearing up for the upcoming season.

United conducted a practice session at the Diamond Cricket Ground in Islamabad on Wednesday, where players, under the supervision of head coach Misbahul Haq, worked on their physical fitness as well as batting, bowling and fielding skills.

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While talking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive chat, Misbah said that the franchise have assembled a strong set of ‘super fit’ players who will enter each match with a burning desire of victory.

“All players in our side are super fit and will enter the grounds with the intention of winning it. Having the PSL in our own country is a big source of happiness. When a player plays or breaks record in front of their home crowds the feeling is completely different,” Misbah said.

The 45-year-old claimed that the return of cricket to Pakistan would encourage more youngsters to play the sport.

“The return of international cricket to Pakistan is great for the popularity of the sport amongst youngsters. It is an honor to be the coach of the Islamabad United franchise. I keep telling all the boys to go into the ground with the intention of winning and play their role in the team’s victory,” he concluded.