The National T20 Cup 2021 is going on with flow at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. After all 8 matches of the tournament, there is a 2 day break in the tournament. The PCB announced a trade window was open for the tournament and those players who haven’t played any game yet can be traded.
This was a great opportunity for teams like Balochistan and Southern Punjab who are at the bottom of the Points Table. Criticism was also done by the fans on unbalanced teams and hence the trade window was a great option for some teams to balance their sides with some new faces. Following are the changes that have been made:
Balochistan have made most no of changes in their side. They have added Abdullah Shafique from Central Punjab, Sohail Akhtar from Northern and Mohammad Mohsin in their side. Mohsin was not in any squad initially when the tournament began. All the three players have been loaned to Balochistan now. Abdullah Shafique was the highest run getter for Central Punjab in last year’s National T20 Cup. Mohammad Mohsin and Sohail Akhter are equally promising. The addition of Sohail Akhtar can prove beneficial for Balochistan whose middle order is one of the weakest in the tournament.
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Southern Punjab added Usama Mir to their side. Usama Mir was also not in any of the squads initially. Although Southern Punjab already have Faisal Akram and Hassan Khan as their spin bowling options, yet they have added another spinner in their squad. Usama Mir is the only right arm specialist spinner in the side of Southern Punjab now.
Sameen Gul was chosen by Central Punjab. Sameen was a part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but hasn’t got any opportunity in the tournament yet so he was leased to Central Punjab. Central Punjab already have a great pace attack with the likes of Wahab Riaz, Ehsan Adil and Hasan Ali. However we did see Hasan Ali having some issues with his leg in Match 8, hence we might se Hasan resting for a while and Sameen getting a chance to feature in the tournament.
The transfers were monitored by the National Team’s Chief Selector, Muhammad Wasim.