The PSL should give Pakistan cricket the big boost it has been looking for. It is hoped that the revenues coming from it will be substantial and the natural alliance that people have with their home towns and cities will create the interest and involvement at spectator level that will make the tournament a great success.
ARY’s Karachi Kings side is a well balanced and strong team and there is every reason to expect that the side will do very well. From a cricketing point of view they seem to have all bases covered and are led by one of the most experienced campaigners around in Shoaib Malik. The batting line-up is capable of achieving virtually anything with the power of Lendl Simmons at the top of the order providing the explosive energy that can give the side just the sort of start that is so crucial in this form of the game. The captain Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara and the two Bangladeshi stalwarts, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim give the middle order the strength and resilience that make this a match winning side. And with Mohammad Amir, Sohail Tanvir and Sohail Khan providing the fire power in the bowling department, this is an awesome side.
This tournament should help in the process of easing Mohammad Amir into international cricket by giving him the opportunity to play alongside international players of repute. I know there are some people who feel otherwise, but I am firmly of the view that once a person has paid the price levied on him by society for his mistakes, he should be brought back into the folds of society. Amir has served his sentence and therefore it must be time to move ahead. I am glad that ARY has given him this chance.
I am however slightly less sure about Yasir Shah who, I understand, has been signed on by the Lahore Qalandars. He has a doping allegation over his head and while I would not like to prejudge that issue in any way, it may have been better if that issue was cleared before he is allowed to take part in a tournament which has now acquired the status of a flagship endeavour for the PCB.
One also fervently hopes that the promise held out by the PCB that next year’s PSL tournament will be held in Pakistan will be realised. There is, of course, the possibility that some foreign players may, in that case, have reservations against taking part but even at the risk of losing their services, it would be a great thing if the tournament could be staged in Pakistan. Given the improving situation in Pakistan, this seems to be a hope that should be fulfilled. If a tournament of this length and stature can be successfully held in Pakistan, the message going out from it would be one hard to ignore for the international community.