Rising stars of this season’s Pakistan Super League

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Rising stars of this season’s Pakistan Super League

Rising stars of this season’s Pakistan Super League
Zaman Khan
Zaman Khan, a right-arm fast bowler, was the only player in the emerging category to play every match for his side this season. In 2018, he was originally discovered in a Multan Sultans camp. He went on to play for Pakistan's Under-17 team before making a name for himself in the Kashmir Premier League last year with Rawalakot Hawks.

He was the most wanted player in the emerging category, and the Lahore Qalandars snatched him up right away. He didn't let them down, finishing third in wickets with 18, trailing only Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shadab Khan. In the entire event, he bowled two maiden overs out of four.

He established a name for himself with his 4 for 16 against the Karachi Kings and two key middle-order wickets in the final against the Multan Sultans.

Mohammad Haris
On his PSL debut, Mohammad Haris made an impression with a match-winning 49 off 27 balls for Peshawar Zalmi versus Kings. After the Karachi leg, he was brought into the playing XI, replacing Zalmi's first-choice wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal, who had tested positive for Covid-19. Haris had such an impact that he remained in the XI even when Akmal reappeared.

He added to his authority with a match-winning 32-ball 70 against United, and he finished the season with 166 runs at a strike rate of 186.51, the highest by any top-order hitter in the PSL.

Yasir Khan
Yasir Khan, 19, is from Bannu, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's southern region, but he spent five years playing cricket in Rawalpindi.

On his PSL debut, he surprised many with a 12-ball 30 against Quetta Gladiators, opening the batting. He hit 35 off 24 balls from No. 3 versus United two matches later. Yasir, on the other hand, only got to play one more match as Akmal returned to the team after recovering from Covid.

Salman Irshad
Salman Irshad is a student of the Lahore Qalandars' development programme, having graduated in 2018. Despite making the Qalandars' squad for the 2020 season after replacing the injured Haris Rauf, he was left out of the 2021 team owing to his poor play for Northern, where he gave up 33 runs on average and a 9.90 economy rate.

He seemed to be stuck in a rut until Zalmi chose him ahead of the season, and Irshad paid them back in money. Irshad finished PSL 2022 with 15 important wickets, a 12.80 strike rate, and a 17.60 average. He was the squad's leading wicket-taker and second-highest wicket-taker overall, with 20 scalps to Shaheen Shah Afridi's five.

Qasim Akram
Due to his obligations at the Under-19 World Cup, Qasim Akram, one of the most sought-after players from the Under-19 circuit, didn't make many outings in the PSL this year. Qasim, who captains Pakistan's Under-19 team, had a 152.04 T20 strike rate while averaging only 14.90 in 21 T20s.

Qasim was a target for Islamabad United, and despite their best efforts, Kings exploited the right-to-match clause to keep the allrounder. Qasim continued to make a statement against United, scoring an undefeated fifty to almost drag Kings to win. The 19-year-five old's games this season weren't quite enough to demonstrate his real talent, but he'll have plenty more chances in the future.