Dubai :(APS)FEB 24,2016-Sarfraz Ahmed’s Quetta Gladiators take on Misbah-ul-Haq’s Islamabad United in what promises to be a cracking Pakistan Super League (PSL) finale at the Dubai cricket stadium on Tuesday.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), since the PSL began on February 4, national television viewing figures have been higher than for the 2015 World Cup, with 55 per cent of the country’s TV-watching public tuning into the tournament at peak times.
And tickets for the final have reportedly been sold out with some fans on Twitter claiming the ‘black market was serving tickets for as high as Rs 700,000’ each. The mad dash for tickets for the season-ending may come as surprise to many who witnessed empty stands at the beginning of the tournament but former cricketers have credited the exciting finishes in some of the matches as the major factor in pulling crowds.
And the final could follow the same script as well with the Gladiators and United going from strength to strength during the course of the tournament.
For the Gladiators, Ahmed Shehzad, Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara and Mohammad Nawaz are once again expected to carry the team while United will be counting on the in-form Sharjeel Khan, Andre Russell and Mohammad Sami to provide the team with some magic.
Misbah-ul-Haq (capt.), DR Smith, Sharjeel Khan, BJ Haddin, Khalid Latif, AD Russell, Asif Ali, S Badree, Imran Khalid, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami
Sarfraz Ahmed (capt.), Bismillah Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara, Mohammad Nawaz, Grant Elliot, Nathan McCullum, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Aizaz Cheema