Pakistan’s wicketkeeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed who was the captain of the Quetta Gladiators team in Pakistan Super League has said that the tournament will help improve the image of Quetta and will promote cricket in the region. He added that PSL will unearth players from this region as well such as the likes of Bismillah Khan and co.
He was confident that the event was successful and will go a long way and hopefully in the future the league will take place in Pakistan.
“We want to try and take Quetta’s name forward. I hope after this cricket will grow even more in Quetta,” said Sarfraz (Via Khaleej Times)
“Generally, Karachi and Lahore are well known in Pakistan’s cricket circles but after the PSL, I hope Quetta too can place itself on the cricketing map. There is talent in Quetta and we saw that in Bismillah Khan. And I’m sure the PSL will help unearth such players,” he added.
When asked about whether he was thinking about the captaining the Pakistan team in the future, Sarfraz said that his focus is on the upcoming Asia cup and when the time comes he will look in this issue.
“I’m not thinking about anything. My focus was only on the PSL and the forthcoming Asia Cup. When the time comes, we will see but for now, I’m not thinking on those lines and all my focus is on this,” he said.
Kumar Sangakkara and Kevin Pietersen were key figures in the Quetta camp and Sarfraz was really was pleased to see the way thing worked out. He hailed them as great cricketers and their presence was really a motivating factor for the team.
“Initially it was challenging because we didn’t know how they are. But once we met and played with them, it was fun and we enjoyed playing with them. We got the opportunity to learn a lot. They are obviously great cricketers and they are good people as well.”
Regarding the final Sarfraz said that the total they posted in the final was a good one but it was Islamabad United’s day and they eventually stole the show.
“It was bad luck because we had posted a good score but I guess it was not to be our day. Credit to the Islamabad team, they played really well, especially the batting. They had a great start and from that, they came back into the match,” Sarfraz said.
“The wicket was good. We were expecting a good pitch for the final where fours and sixes could be hit. I think we were a few runs short but I still felt it was good enough. But we couldn’t get any early wickets and that hurt us a bit,” he added.