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Iftikhar Ahmed is back with Islamabad United in the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 and the middle-order batsman had won the 2018 edition with the franchise.

30-year-old player is excited to be donning United’s red and gold and is hopeful of playing a productive role in their ongoing campaign. “It feels good,” he told pcb.com.pk on Monday about joining United.

“I have played before for Islamabad [United] and won a title with them in Karachi. The support staff and the team management is very helpful. It was my wish to play for Islamabad United again. I hope that Islamabad [United] will lift the trophy again.”

Iftikhar stroked a crucial 49 not out against Karachi Kings – for whom he turned out in 2016, 2019 and 2020 – to help United surmount a daunting 197-run target with five balls spare in their second outing of the season. He struck three sixes and two fours and stitched match-altering stand of 92 with Hussain Talat over his 37-ball knock.

Reflecting on that match, Iftikhar said: “As a professional, when you perform against any team, you get happy. I was in Karachi Kings for three years, so when I did well against them, it helped boost my confidence.—APP