After a spectacular performance at the Gabba, West Indies’ rising fast-bowler, Shamar Joseph, has secured a contract with Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshawar Zalmi. Joseph played a pivotal role in the West Indies’ thrilling 8-run victory over Australia in the second Test at Brisbane’s Gabba.
Peshawar Zalmi signed Joseph as the replacement for England’s Gus Atkinson. Initially, Atkinson was set to replace Afghanistan leg-spinner Noor Ahmad, but his commitments to Test matches in India prevented this move. Following the Australia series, Joseph’s outstanding display led to his inclusion in the Peshawar Zalmi squad for the entire duration of the upcoming PSL season, extending beyond Atkinson’s return.
The official Twitter account of Peshawar Zalmi welcomed Shamar Joseph with enthusiasm, introducing him as a new addition to the Zalmi family and expressing excitement about the upcoming season. They wrote, “Replacement Draft, Fans Asked, We Delivered. Welcome to the Zalmi Family Shamar Joseph.”
𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭 🎺
𝑭𝙖𝒏𝙨 𝘼𝒔𝙠𝒆𝙙, 𝑾𝙚 𝘿𝒆𝙡𝒊𝙫𝒆𝙧𝒆𝙙🤌
— Peshawar Zalmi (@PeshawarZalmi) January 29, 2024
The eighth edition of the PSL is scheduled to commence on February 17 at the Gaddafi Stadium and will continue until March 18. Under the leadership of Babar Azam and the recent addition of Joseph, Peshawar Zalmi aims to clinch their second PSL title. Despite suffering a toe injury from a Mitchell Starc yorker on Day 3, Shamar Joseph delivered a spellbinding performance, consistently bowling at speeds of 145 kmph and dismantling the Australian batting lineup with remarkable figures of 7 for 68.
Joseph’s heroics at the Gabba played a crucial role in preventing Australia from reaching the target of 156 runs with eight wickets in hand on Day 4. His pivotal wickets of Cameron Green and Travis Head triggered a dramatic batting collapse for the Aussies.
It’s all over!!!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 28, 2024
Subsequently, Joseph dismissed Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood, claiming a total of eight wickets in the second innings. His exceptional performance secured West Indies’ historic win at the Gabba, marking their first Test victory on Australian soil since 1997.
Finishing the series with 13 wickets, Shamar Joseph was rightfully awarded the ‘Player of the Series,’ preventing Australia from a clean sweep and leaving a lasting impact in his debut Test series. Now, fans eagerly anticipate his participation in the upcoming PSL season, where Joseph aims to continue his stellar form.