Islamabad United is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 franchise cricket team that competes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team’s nickname is IU. Islamabad United are the inaugural champions of the Pakistan Super League. The team is nominally based in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan and was formed in 2015 to compete in the first season of the Pakistan Super League. The franchise is owned by Leonine Global Investments through its sports entity Leonine Global Sports, owned by Amna Naqvi and Ali Naqvi. The franchise won the first PSL title, defeating Quetta Gladiators in the final. Shoaib Naveed is the Chief Operating Officer of the franchise, Rehan Ul Haq is its General Manager and Hassan Cheema is the Strategy Manager. The franchise won their second title in the third season of the PSL, by defeating Peshawar Zalmi in the final by 3 wickets, and is currently the most successful franchise in the Pakistan Super League history with the most title wins (2).
The team’s home-ground is the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The team was coached by Pakistan Men’s national team Head Coach and Chief Selector Misbah-ul-Haq, replacing Dean Jones who coached the side from the first season till the fourth season. Shadab Khan was named as the captain of the team before PSL 5, with that he became the youngest captain in PSL history. The team director and fast bowling coach is former Pakistani fast bowler Waqar Younis while Saeed Ajmal is team’s spin bowling coach.
The leading run-scorer of the team is Luke Ronchi, while Faheem Ashraf is the leading wicket-taker.