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Sikandar Raza Excluded, Shaheen To Lead; Here's Lahore Qalandars' Probable XI vs Islamabad

image-lsojgiuyLahore Qalandars will take on Islamabad [X.com]

To the delight of cricket fans across the globe, the ninth season of Pakistan Super League is all set to commence on February 17, Saturday. Two formidable outfits, Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United will cross swords against each other to set the tone for a cracking tournament. 

Regarding Lahore Qalandars, the defending champions will miss the services of ace spinner Rashid Khan, who has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury. Furthermore, veteran Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza will likely miss the tournament opener due to his ILT20 commitment with Dubai Capitals. 

So, as the Qalandars gear up for this high-voltage contest, let's see what could be their playing XI for this game. 

LQ's probable XI for PSL 2024 opener vs ISLU

Experienced Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman will open the batting for Lahore alongside Mirza Tahir Baig, who was impressive with the bat in PSL last year. Stylish batter Abdullah Shafique will bat at number three, followed by Rassie van der Dussen and Sahibzada Farhan at number four and five, respectively. 

Kamran Ghulam and David Wiese will play as the all-rounders, with skipper Shaheen Afridi leading Lahore's formidable bowling attack comprising Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan and emerging spinner Syed Faridoun. 

Lahore Qalandars' Probable Playing XI

Fakhar Zaman, Mirza Baig, Abdullah Shafique, Rassie van der Dussen, Sahibzada Farhan, Kamran Ghulam, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan, Syed Faridoun