Another Pakistani left arm pacer, but one unlike any before him. Raees has forged his name in the shortest format, becoming one of the most valuable bowlers on the T20 circuit. Capable of swing and seam the old-fashioned way, his claim to fame has been completely modern – an array of slower balls and Yorkers have made him one of the best death overs specialist in the world.
PSL 2 was his coming out party, where he picked up 12 wickets in just 7 matches, while going at under six-an-over in death overs. No Pakistani bowler has better death numbers in the two PSL editions, and none have done it the way he does. His greatest gifts are all above the neck – capable of out-thinking any batsman his star has risen as his teammates and fans have seen him take the step up. His temperament has been the hallmark of his career so far – from the 2017 PSL to his debut against England in the Champions Trophy semi-final, a match that would have broken most men. Raees, thought, did not wilt, but instead delivered, including the scalp of the dangerous Alex Hales.
He has been appointed Islamabad United’s vice-captain for the 2018 PSL.