The Faisalabad Wolves are a considerably more inspired unit than their predecessors, the Sialkot Lions. This motivation will serve them well in a tournament unrelenting and uncompromising by nature.
<b>Captain:</b> Misbah-ul-Haq<br><b>Coach:</b> Naved Anjum<br><b>2012 CLT20:</b> Did not play<br><b>C365 Rating:</b> 5/10<br><b>Betting Odds:</b> <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/champions-league-20' target='_blank' class='instorylink'>25-1</a>
<b>Strengths</b><br>The Faisalabad Wolves are a considerably more inspired unit than their predecessors, the Sialkot Lions. This motivation will serve them well in a tournament unrelenting and uncompromising by nature.
Misbah is not a part of Pakistan's Twenty20 International unit but continues to lead this domestic unit and, despite questions over his age and so-called shelf-life recently, he remains the steadiest head to atop a reasonably green squad.
Ehsan Adil and Asad Ali are pushing for national honours amid an ever-revolving ODI and T20I attack. This is as big an opportunity as any for the pair to deliver. Solid form at this level often translates to international call-ups.
<b>Weaknesses</b><br>Visa issues marred their departure for India, but have since been resolved. The reception awaiting the host nations' greatest political and cricket rivals, however, is bound to be less than hospitable.
The Wolves have not qualified for the tournament proper yet, and will have to win at least two of three trying trials against the Otago Volts, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kandurata Maroons to graduate to the real deal.
As much as Misbah and Saeed Ajmal bring to the team, they are admittedly in Test match mode, and will have to shake off the patience game – and <i>that</i> historic defeat to Zimbabwe – quickly.
<b>Star Player</b><br>Asif Ali was key to the Wolves' Faysal Bank T20 cup campaign, particularly the final, when a match-winning 70 earned him awards for most stylish player, most fours, most sixes, best scorer – and, ultimately, Man of the Match.
<b>Bench Warmer</b><br>The 34-year-old Ammar Mahmood earned his one and only domestic T20 cap in 2008, and isn't likely to grow that tally amid a young-buck squad eager to build on their recent successes in Pakistan.
<b>They Said</b><br>"There is no reason our team can't do well even against the foreign teams in an event such as the Champions League. For the past couple of weeks we had been training hard both in Faisalabad and then in Lahore. In between we organised two T20 games in Muridke." – coach Naved Anjum.
<b>Squad</b><br>Misbah-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Ali Waqas, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Salman, Waqas Maqsood, Samiullah Khan, Asad Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Ehsan Adil, Hasan Mahmood, Jahandad Khan, Farrukh Shehzad, Imran Khalid, Ammar Mahmood.
<b>Fixtures</b><br>Tuesday, 17 September: v Otago Volts, Chandigarh<br>Wednesday, 18 September: v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chandigarh<br>Friday, 20 September: v Kandurata Maroons, Chandigarh
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