BIRMINGHAM: The Vitality Blast, which will begin on Saturday (today) at Birmingham’s Edgbaston stadium, will include up to eight Pakistani players this year.

The Twenty20 Cup, which debuted in June 2003 as the event, was the first precision T20 league. This will be the tournament’s 21st iteration.

The tournament, which will last nine weeks, will feature Pakistan’s top fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, seasoned pacer Hasan Ali, stylish left-handed opening batsman Shan Masood, all-rounder Shadab Khan, left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, leg-spinner Usama Mir, and young guns Haider Ali and Zaman Khan.

Afridi Shaheen
For this year’s Blast, left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has joined Nottinghamshire Outlaws.

Shaheen temporarily represented Hampshire Hawks in the 2020 competition. He made four deliveries in a game against Middlesex and grabbed four wickets.

Masood Shan
starting left-handed hitter This year, Shan Masood is the captain of Yorkshire Vikings.

Masood, who played in the Vitality Blast last year as well, led the Derbyshire Falcons in runs scored. He guided the Falcons to the quarterfinals while scoring 547 runs.

Hasan Ali Will play in the T20 competition as well. Hasan Ali is an experienced Test cricketer who has signed a deal with Warwickshire CCC for this season.

Hasan, a right-arm pacer for the Birmingham Bears, will play and is expected to spearhead the pace assault with Chris Woakes.

Khan Shadab
Shadab Khan, an all-around player, has a contract with the Sussex Sharks and will play for them during the competition.

Shadab, a right-arm leg spinner who plays for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), formerly played for Yorkshire.

Haider Ali For this county season, Derbyshire has recruited dynamic batsman Haider Ali. Additionally, Haider will represent Derbyshire Falcons in the T20 Blast competition.

33 T20Is have been played by the 22-year-old for Pakistan. He has participated in PSL games for Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi.

Mickey Arthur, the manager of Derbyshire and the director of the Pakistan men’s cricket team, selected Haider.

For Gloucestershire CCC, left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar will play once again. With his all-around success over the last three seasons, Zafar has solidified his spot in the Gloucestershire fold and will play for the Gloucester Gorillas in the explosion.

Khan, Zaman
Along with Haider Ali, the 21-year-old pacer has been selected by Derbyshire Falcons for the competition.

The youthful speed phenomenon, who just made his international debut for Pakistan in the T20I series against Afghanistan, is a product of Lahore Qalandars’ player development programme.

Uday Mir
Usama Mir, a leg spinner, will compete for Worcestershire Rapids in the tournament.

Mir has participated in six ODIs for Pakistan and has appeared for Multan Sultans most recently in the Pakistan Super League.

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