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Islamabad United
اسلام آباد یونائیٹڈ
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League: Pakistan Super League
Captain: Shadab Khan
Coach: Mike Hesson
City: Islamabad
Owner: Leonine Global Sports
Founded: 2015; 9 years ago (2015)
Home ground: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
Capacity: 17,000
Manager: Rehan-ul-Haq
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Islamabad United (Urdu: اسلام‌آباد یونائیٹڈ) is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 franchise cricket team that competes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team is based in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, and was formed in 2015 to compete in the first season of the competition.

The franchise is owned by Leonine Global Investments through its sports entity Leonine Global Sports, owned by Amna Naqvi and Ali Naqvi. The franchise won the first PSL title, defeating Quetta Gladiators in the inaugural final. They won their second title in the third season of the PSL, by defeating Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets in the final, and is currently the most successful franchise in the competition's history with their three title wins.

The team's home-ground is the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The team is coached by Mike Hesson, who replaced Azhar Mahmood. Shadab Khan was named as the captain of the team before PSL 5, with that he became the youngest captain in PSL history. The team's batting coach is Ashley Wright and the bowling coach is James Franklin.

The leading run-scorer of the team is Colin Munro, while Shadab Khan is the leading wicket-taker.

Franchise history

In 2015, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the inaugural season of the Pakistan Super League would take place in February 2016 in the United Arab Emirates. On 3 December 2015, the PCB unveiled the owners of five city-based franchises. The Islamabad franchise was sold to Leonine Global Sports for US$15 Million.

2016 season: Champions

Islamabad United
2016 season
Coach Dean Jones
Captain Misbah ul Haq
PSL 2016 Champions
Most runs Sharjeel Khan (299)
Most wickets Andre Russell (16)

After a poor start to the 2016 Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United finished third in the round robin group stage, qualifying for the knock out stage of the tournament. The team won four matches out of eight, finishing with eight points from their group games.

They faced fourth-placed Karachi Kings in the eliminator, winning by nine wickets thanks to Mohammad Sami's man of the match performance of five wickets for eight runs from four overs. Brad Haddin and Dwayne Smith each scored fifties as United achieved their target of 111 in the 15th over.

In the second qualifier match Islamabad met Peshawar Zalmi. Sharjeel Khan scored 117 from 62 balls, the first century scored in the Pakistan Super League. It proved to be the difference between the teams as United posted 176 for three and Zalmi were bowled out for 126 with two full overs to go. United, spinner Imran Khalid took four wickets for 20 runs and Andre Russell three for 37. The win took United through to the final against Quetta Gladiators.

The 2016 Pakistan Super League Final was won by Islamabad by six wickets. United opted to bowl first after winning the toss and the Gladiators scored 174–7 in their 20 overs. Andre Russell, who finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker, took three for 37. In reply United started well with Dwayne Smith scoring 73 runs and Brad Haddin an unbeaten 61, allowing United to score 174 for four with eight balls remaining and win the title.

2017 season

Islamabad United
2017 season
Coach Dean Jones
Captain Misbah ul Haq
PSL 2017 Eliminator
Most runs Dwayne Smith (274)
Most wickets Rumman Raees (18)

In the 2017 Pakistan Super League players draft, United retained 17 players from their previous squad. The team picked Ben Duckett, Zohaib Khan and Shadab Khan to complete their 20 men squad. Later Steven Finn replaced Andre Russell after he was banned for a year for doping breach. Ben Duckett was replaced by Nicholas Pooran after Duckett left the squad ahead of play-offs due to national duties.

Islamabad United played the inaugural game of the 2017 season against Peshawar Zalmi, which they managed to win by seven wickets and thus continuing their winning streak from last season. In the following game, however, they lost to Lahore Qalandars by six wickets after posting 158 on the board. Misbah top-scored for United through his unbeaten innings of 61 off 36 balls that included five sixes.

As the tournament shifted to Sharjah, United continued to rebuild their campaign by handing Quetta Gladiators their first loss of the season. Chasing 149, they managed to do so at a loss of five wickets with 5-balls to spare. Sam Billings was the top-scorer with his aggressive knock of 78 from 50 balls. But in the following game against table-bottoms, Karachi Kings, United lost by 8-runs through the Duckworth-Lewis method. This came about after they posted 90 runs in their allotted 13 overs in a rain-marred game that was abandoned after 9.4 overs in the second innings. However, continuing on, United won a thrilling last-ball win against Peshawar Zalmi. Dwayne Smith was instrumental in his team's chase of 137 runs as he scored 72 off 59 balls after United's bowlers had earlier restricted the opposition to a below-par score. Following this victory, however, the team lost to Lahore Qalandars by one wicket in a tense game. Batting first, United had difficulties in building their innings and were at one time 83–6. But the team's emerging player, Shadab Khan, scored 42 off 24 balls to get United to a respectable total of 145 which almost proved match-winning.

With the tournament moving back to Dubai, United registered a thrilling win against Quetta Gladiators. After putting up a total of 166, the team was staring at almost certain defeat after the Gladiators were 148 for the loss of just one wicket at the 16th over. However, after a flurry of wickets and the inability of the opposition batsmen to finish the game, United prevailed by one run. This win also ensured the team of a play-off spot.

Just like last year, Islamabad again faced Karachi in the eliminator. In what proved to be a thrilling game, Karachi, batting first, scored a measly 126 getting all out in the process. Islamabad was set to win and qualify for the second play off. However, that was not the case as the second innings proved. The Karachi bowlers outshone the Islamabad batsmen with Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim and Usama Mir each picking up three wickets. Islamabad were all out for a mere 82 runs, their lowest in the tournament and the then second-lowest in the tournament's history. Hence, the defending champions were knocked out.

2018 season : Champions

Islamabad United
2018 season
Coach Dean Jones
Captain Misbah ul Haq
PSL 2018 Champions
Most runs Luke Ronchi (435)
Most wickets Faheem Ashraf (18)

United started their 2018 season with a loss to Peshawar Zalmi. Chasing a target of 176, the team was reduced to 25-4 inside the powerplay before falling short by 34 runs in their allotted overs. The team rebounded in the next game, against Multan Sultans, by winning it with five wickets spare. Hussain Talat's unbeaten innings of 48 runs was instrumental in United's chase of 114 in difficult batting conditions.

As the league stage shifted to Sharjah, the team lost to Quetta Gladiators by six wickets as they failed to defend the 135-run target. United's key player and vice-captain, Rumman Raees, suffered a knee injuring during the match that has put his availability for the rest of the season in jeopardy. However, the next game, the team bounced back and won a thriller against Lahore Qalandars. The match went down to the Super Over as United managed to restrict the Qalandars to a level score of 121 during the initial innings. The Super Over target of 16 runs, in turn, was surmounted by a last ball six from Andre Russell. In the next game, the team ended the unbeaten run of Karachi Kings by beating them by 8 wickets in the chase of 154 runs. Luke Ronchi's aggressive innings of 71 (37) was the cornerstone of the victory. This meant that the team had qualified for the final.

In the final, Islamabad United won the match against Peshawer Zalmi after they chased a target of 149. Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to bat first. Peshawar's in-form batsman Kamran Akmal was out lbw for one run off eight balls, with Samit Patel taking the wicket in the third over early on. Shadab Khan's three wickets restricted Peshawar to 148 runs. Islamabad's Luke Ronchi hit five sixes in the first five overs as he raced to 45 runs off just 15 balls, before he got out in the ninth over after scoring a 26-ball 52 in the second innings. By the time, Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan - who played his own part with 44 runs off 33 balls - had put on 96 runs for the opening partnership in under nine overs. But a sudden collapse resulted in Islamabad losing six wickets for 20 runs leaving them at 116/6. The winning runs were scored by Faheem Ashraf who hooked Wahab Riaz for six with just one run required.

2019 season

Islamabad United
2019 season
Coach Dean Jones
Captain Mohammad Sami (9 matches)
Shadab Khan (3 matches)
PSL 2019 Eliminator 2
Most runs Cameron Delport (355)
Most wickets Faheem Ashraf (21)

In the opening match of the season, United defeated Lahore Qalandars after chasing down 171 in the 20th over, winning the match by five wickets. They then went on to lose their next two games against Multan Sultans by five wickets and Quetta Gladiators by seven wickets, respectively. In the next game against Peshawar Zalmi, Being sent to bat first, the defending champions were 49–3 at one stage before Ian Bell and Cameron Delport put on 56 runs which helped the side post a competitive total of 158 for nine in 20 overs. In the chase of 158, Zalmi were reeling at 65 for five at one stage. Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy steadied the side with their 55-run partnership. Zalmi hopes of winnings were dashed after Pollard departed after scoring 51 runs. In the end, Islamabad managed to win by 12 runs after captain Mohammad Sami's hat-trick in the last over.

Regular Captain Mohammad Sami was out injured and young Shadab Khan had to lead the side for the first time. However, this did not stop United from building their winning run as they won against Karachi Kings pretty easily in the end, thanks to Luke Ronchi's 35 balls 67 runs that won him Man of the Match award. In the next fixture against Multan they had a very bad day, batting first they were bowled out for 121 runs and losing the match by six wickets. However, they won their next match against Kings. Kings started well with the bat and at one stage were looking to set a total over 200, but United bowlers bowled really well during the death overs to restrict Kings on 168 runs, mainly due to Faheem Ashraf and Rumman Raees. They started off well with the bat but few quite overs during the middle part of the innings meant United were in trouble, but thanks to Asif Ali who hit Kings bowlers to all sides of the ground, scoring 70 runs from 38 balls to ensure that United chase down the target with four balls to spare.

2020 season

Islamabad United
2020 season
Coach Misbah-ul-Haq
Captain Shadab Khan
PSL 2020 6th (eliminated)
Most runs Luke Ronchi (247)
Most wickets Shadab Khan (8)

Ahead of the season, Pakistan men's national team head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq was named as head coach, replacing Dean Jones who coached the side from the first season till the fourth season. Shadab Khan was named as the captain of the team, with that he became the youngest captain in PSL history.

2021 season

Islamabad United
2021 season
Coach Johan Botha
Captain Shadab Khan
Tournament performance Play-offs (3rd)
League performance 1st
Most runs Colin Munro (285)
Most wickets Hasan Ali (13)

2022 season

Islamabad United
2022 season
Coach Azhar Mahmood
Captain Shadab Khan
PSL 2022 Play-offs (3rd)
Most runs Alex Hales (355)
Most wickets Shadab Khan (19)

2023 season

2024 season: Champions

Team identity

The team logo and name was revealed on 22 December 2015 in a ceremony held at the Polo Club in Islamabad. The logo features a lion. The team's primary colours are red, orange and a light shade of brown.

Fawad Khan was the team's star ambassador between 2016 and 2018, while Ali Zafar was the team's star ambassador only for 2016 season. The franchise has also focused on Empowerment and Momina Mustehsan joined the team as its Empowerment Champion in 2017 season. The team's anthem in the initial season was "Chakka Choka" sung by Ali Zafar. In 2017, new anthems of the team were released; "Cricket Jorray Pakistan" was sung by Momina Mustehsan, and "Kitna Rola Daalay Ga" by Abdullah Qureshi.

Dostea was the main sponsor and shirt sponsor of the team in 2016 while Cinepax and GLO Merchandise were merchandise sponsors. WWF Pakistan are the team's official partners. Mocca are team's current official food partners with Dunya News and FM 101 the news and entertainment partners of the team respectively while PTV Sports is team's brand and media partner. For the second season, United signed with JS Bank as the title sponsor and Q Mobile as team's main partner respectively. Other partners are PTCL, Yayvo and Igloo.

Ahead of 2019 season, franchise changed the design of the kit, previous kit had an equal shade of red and gold. However, the new kit for PSL 2019 featured red as a prominent shade with golden reduced to a minimum.

Year Shirt sponsor (chest) Shirt sponsor (back) Chest branding Sleeve branding
2016 Dostea Dunya News Dostea
2017 Q Mobile PTCL JS Bank Dunya News
2018 Gwadar Golf City Tang Samaa News, G.F.C, Dairy Milk
2019 Bisconni Fast cables Samaa, Tetra Pak, Sprite
2020 Dastak Express News, FM 101
2021 Sabroso Ufone ZEM Builders, Snack Video, Tetra Pak
2022 DCODE, Tetra Pak, foodpanda
2023 Ufone MOCCA, Tetra Pak, foodpanda
2024 Foodpanda Tim Hortons Tetra Pak, Hum News, TCL

Current squad

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •  *  denotes a player who is fully unavailable
  •  *  denotes a player who will be partially unavailable
No. Name Nationality Birth date Category Batting style Bowling style Year signed Notes
10 Alex Hales  England (1989-01-03) 3 January 1989 (age 35) Gold Right-handed Right-arm medium 2021
18 Shamyl Hussain  Pakistan (2004-10-10) 10 October 2004 (age 19) Supplementary Left-handed 2024
31 Martin Guptill  New Zealand (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 37) N/A Right-handed Right-arm off-break 2024 Full replacement for Muhammad Waseem
46 Haider Ali  Pakistan (2000-10-02) 2 October 2000 (age 23) Supplementary Right-handed 2024
82 Colin Munro  New Zealand (1987-03-11) 11 March 1987 (age 37) Gold Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2020
Muhammad Waseem  United Arab Emirates (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 30) N/A Right-handed Right-arm medium 2024 Full replacement for Tom Curran
5 Matthew Forde  West Indies (2002-04-29) 29 April 2002 (age 22) Silver Right-handed Right-arm medium 2024
7 Shadab Khan  Pakistan (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 25) Platinum Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2017 Captain
9 Imad Wasim  Pakistan (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 35) Diamond Left-handed Left-arm orthodox 2024
41 Faheem Ashraf  Pakistan (1994-01-16) 16 January 1994 (age 30) Gold Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2018
49 Qasim Akram  Pakistan (2002-12-01) 1 December 2002 (age 21) Silver Right-handed Right-arm off-break 2024
59 Tom Curran  England (1995-03-15) 15 March 1995 (age 29) Supplementary Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2023
67 Salman Ali Agha  Pakistan (1993-11-23) 23 November 1993 (age 30) Silver Right-handed Right-arm off-break 2024
98 Shahab Khan  Pakistan Silver Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast 2024
22 Jordan Cox  England (2000-10-21) 21 October 2000 (age 23) Platinum Right-handed Right-arm off-break 2024
23 Azam Khan  Pakistan (1998-08-10) 10 August 1998 (age 25) Diamond Right-handed 2022
11 Rumman Raees  Pakistan (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 32) Silver Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2023
13 Ubaid Shah  Pakistan (2006-02-05) 5 February 2006 (age 18) Emerging Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2024
56 Tymal Mills  England (1992-08-12) 12 August 1992 (age 31) Diamond Right-handed Left-arm fast 2023
68 Obed McCoy  West Indies (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 27) Supplementary Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium 2024
71 Naseem Shah  Pakistan (2003-02-15) 15 February 2003 (age 21) Platinum Right-handed Right-arm fast 2024
72 Hunain Shah  Pakistan (2004-02-04) 4 February 2004 (age 20) Emerging Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2024
  • Source: ESPNcricinfo

Management and coaching staff

Position Name
Manager Rehan-ul-Haq
Head coach Mike Hesson
Batting coach Ashley Wright
Bowling coach Azhar Mahmood
Performance coach Hanif Malik
Analyst Ben Jones
Team doctor Jason Pilgram
  • Source: Official website:


Name From To Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR %
Misbah-ul-Haq 2016 2018 26 15 10 1 0 0 57.69
Shane Watson 2016 2016 2 1 1 0 0 0 50.00
Rumman Raees 2018 2018 2 1 1 0 0 0 50.00
JP Duminy 2018 2018 2 2 0 0 0 0 100.00
Mohammad Sami 2019 2019 9 4 5 0 0 0 44.44
Shadab Khan 2019 present 55 31 24 0 0 0 56.36
Usman Khawaja 2021 2021 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00
Asif Ali 2022 2022 3 0 3 0 0 0 0.00
  • Source: ESPNcricinfo

Result summary

Overall result in PSL

Year Pld Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR SR (%) Position Summary
2016 11 7 4 0 0 0 63.63 1/5 Champions
2017 9 4 5 0 0 0 44.44 4/5 Play-offs (4th)
2018 12 8 3 1 0 0 75.00 1/6 Champions
2019 12 6 6 0 0 0 50.00 3/6 Play-offs (3rd)
2020 9 3 6 0 0 0 27.27 6/6 League Stage
2021 12 8 4 0 0 0 66.66 3/6 Play-offs (3rd)
2022 12 5 7 0 0 0 41.66 4/6 Play-offs (3rd)
2023 11 6 5 0 0 0 54.55 3/6 Play-offs (4th)
2024 12 8 4 0 0 0 66.66 3/6 Champions
Total 100 55 44 1 0 0 55.00 2 Titles
  • Tie+W and Tie+L indicates matches tied and then won or Lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over")
  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 26 March 2024

Head-to-head record

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR SR (%)
Karachi Kings 2016–present 22 16 6 0 0 0 72.72
Lahore Qalandars 2016–present 19 9 9 1 0 0 47.36
Multan Sultans 2018–present 16 8 8 0 0 0 50.00
Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 24 12 12 0 0 0 50.00
Quetta Gladiators 2016–present 19 10 9 0 0 0 52.63

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 26 March 2024


Most runs

Player Years Innings Runs High score
Colin Munro 2020–present 39 1,322 90*
Shadab Khan 2017–present 70 1,240 91
Asif Ali 2016–2023 66 1,130 75
Luke Ronchi 2018–2020 31 1,020 94*
Alex Hales 2018–2019; 2021–present 35 908 82*
  • Source: ESPNcricinfo

Most wickets

Player Years Innings Wickets Best bowling
Shadab Khan 2017–present 83 91 5/28
Faheem Ashraf 2018–present 70 78 6/19
Rumman Raees 2016–2020; 2023–present 42 45 4/25
Mohammad Sami 2016–2019 36 42 5/8
Hasan Ali 2021–2023 27 35 3/30
  • Source: ESPNcricinfo
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