Islamabad United have secured the services of Pakistan star Naseem Shah for a staggering PKR 45 million. The right-arm pacer recently sealed a sensational transfer from Quetta Gladiators to the Islamabad-based outfit.
Last Saturday (December 2), Islamabad United announced the signing of the pacer and ended all the speculations surrounding his future in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). According to reports, Islamabad United were not the only team who were in the race to sign Naseem Shah. Two other franchises were also keen to sign him up but eventually lost the race against the Islamabad-based franchise.
While Islamabad United are yet to announce the details of the fees involved in the sensational deal, reports from Pakistani media state that they had to spend a huge amount for it. The franchise had to shell out PKR 45 million for Naseem Shah. The announcement of player retentions for PSL 9 is scheduled for December 7, 2023, but decisions on budget and salary cap are still pending, according to Cricket Pakistan.
? A star has arrived in Islamabad. ?
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) December 2, 2023
Naseem Shah began his journey in the PSL with Quetta Gladiators. One of the most sought-after pacers in Pakistan, he struggled to make an impact for the Gladiators and the relationship between the player and the franchise reportedly turned sour in recent seasons.
Gladiators enjoyed a number of successful seasons in the league before signing up Naseem Shah in 2019. In the first four seasons, they reached three finals and won the title in 2019. However, they have failed to do well in recent seasons. In the last four seasons, they have missed out on the playoffs in each season.
Consequently, Naseem Shah, who started playing for the Gladiators in 2020, is yet to play in the playoffs. Talking about his performance for the Gladiators, he managed to pick up a modest 26 wickets in 29 games for his first PSL team.
Naseem Shah sidelined:
Naseem Shah is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury. He sustained the injury during the Super 4 game against India in the Asia Cup. He had to miss the World Cup and is also not a part of Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming Test series against Australia.
The PSL is scheduled to start on February 18 and Islamabad United will be in action on the very first day. They will be hoping that their new player recovers in time for the tournament opener.