Former head coach of Pakistan cricket team Waqar Younis has said that credit of Pakistan’s top ranking in T20I goes to Pakistan Super League as PSL brought significant improvement in Pakistan’s Twenty20 cricket and has constantly been throwing new talent to the fore.
“I think if you look at the shorter version, you feel there are significant improvements and that are mainly due to the PSL,” said Waqar. “Every PSL throws some good talent, there are some good players who have come to the fore from Islamabad United,” said Waqar of the franchise who won the inaugural event in 2016 and doubled their tally in 2018.
“I am very impressed with Shaheen Shah Afridi,” said Waqar. “I think after the emergence of the players from the PSL, then PCB’s responsibility increases – to groom these players. This is a stepping stone and you see U19 players who are coming through,” said Waqar. “These young players are the future of Pakistan. The franchisees give them a chance, of course, the franchisees want to win but they also groom these players and after that the PCB comes and groom them.”
“Our focus is more on PSL and we need to have the same focus on our first-class cricket. I keep hearing that changes are coming, sponsors are merging with the regions so, may be, after a few years we will see changes and we will start producing the kind of players for Tests as well what we have seen in the PSL.”
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17 July, 2019