Former Test captain of South Africa Graeme Smith has given full marks to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for bringing confidence and motivation in the young players who showcased their skills at international level clinching laurels for their country.
“The young talented kids came out of the PSL and went onto mark achievements for them and their country,” said Smith to the HBL PSL 2019 website while serving as a commentator during the fourth edition of the PSL in the UAE.
Smith applauded his compatriot and one of the most threatning batsmen around the world AB de Villiers to put his weight behind the only cricketing league of Pakistan. He said that De Villiers presence in the PSL has added immense value to the league and ensured that more international players are taking interest in the event which is like a festival for the people of Pakistan.
“AB’s decision to take part in the PSL is really a heartening step for me and I appreciate him for this,” said Smith.
It is pertinent to mention here that De Villiers had announced to represent Lahore Qalandars in two scheduled matches on 9 and 10 March.
The former captain said that South African players have played an important role in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan as five of their players became part of the ICC World XI, which played three Twenty20 Internationals in Lahore in September 2017.
“Earlier, some of the South African players came to Pakistan as a part of Wolrd XI which played high-profile matches in the country,” he said.
Smith played 117 Tests, 197 ODIs and 33 Twenty20 internationals in a glittering career. His 109 Tests as captain is a record.