Somerset Trio Ready for the PSL

There will be considerable Somerset interest in this year’s Pakistan Super League.

Tom Abell, Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory have all been selected by teams in the competition which gets underway this weekend.

Club Captain, Tom Abell was a silver pick for last season’s runners up the Lahore Qalandars. He is joined in the squad by the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Joe Denly, Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, David Wiese, Rashid Khan and Shaheen Afridi.

Vitality Blast Captain, Lewis Gregory was a diamond level pick for Islamabad United who won the tournament in 2016 and 2018. Lewis will line up with Alex Hales, Hasan Ali, Colin Munro, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan and Chris Jordon.

Tom Banton was selected by 2019 winners Quetta Gladiators at the platinum level and he will be playing alongside former Somerset T20 batsman Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Cameron Delport.

The tournament begins with Tom Banton’s Quetta Gladiators taking on Karachi Kings who feature another Somerset favourite, Babar Azam. The opening ceremony is due to start at 2pm, with the match scheduled for 3pm UK time.

The two Tom’s will then face off on Monday when the Qalandars take on the Gladiators.

Ahead of the competition, Tom Abell said: “As an overseas player you’re competing for four slots against some of the best players in the world. That’s my challenge and that’s what I’ve got to press for. I have to earn the right to get into the team and it’s a great competition to be a part of. If I get the opportunity, I just have to take it and hopefully we can have a little bit of success.”

Lewis is also looking forward to the tournament.

“It’s really exciting for me and also for Bants and Abes,” he said. “I had a really good experience over in Pakistan last year. The skill level in the competition is really high, so I’ll have to be at my best if I want to do well.

“The PSL attracts some of the biggest names in the game and there’s a big English contingent involved as well and I’m really looking forward to getting involved.

“Obviously, Bants has got quite a big presence in Pakistan already because of the relationship he’s had with Babar Azam at the top of our order in the last couple of years, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing him involved in the PSL this year. I was over the moon to see Tom Abell get selected and he’ll be a brilliant addition to the competition. He does fantastically for us at Somerset, so it would be great to see him go out there in the PSL and show the world what he can do.”

You can keep up with what is happening in the PSL by watching all the action on Sky Sports Cricket.

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