Former Pakistan captain and legendary paceman Wasim Akram highlighted the importance of the Pakistan Super League as the gateway for youngsters to get groomed and get an entry into the national team.
Wasim, now the director of the newest entry in the PSL Multan Sultans, hoped the PSL serves the purpose.
“PSL is our brand and it is the gateway for youngsters to enter in the national fray as it polishes the talent,” Wasim told ARY. “We saw that Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali coming to the national team from the first two editions of the PSL. They are doing well for Pakistan and proved that PSL is the gateway.”
Wasim said he has been telling the emerging players of the Multan Sultans to work hard and get groomed.
“I have been telling the emerging players to do well and get into the Pakistan team. That will be a big motivation. We have a thorough professional coach in Tom Moody,” said Wasim of the former Australian allrounder and ex-head coach of Sri Lanka.
Wasim promised that his team will fight till the last ball.
“I have told the players that winning or losing is part of the game but they should fight till the last ball of the match,” said Wasim, whose team opens their campaign with a match against title holders Peshawar Zalmi on Thursday.
Wasim said Multan Sultans have a very good following in South Punjab.
“PSL is getting popular day by day so that’s why we have made this Multan team and we have a great following in South Punjab so the league is spreading in whole Pakistan.”
Wasim welcomed the decision of hosting the final in Karachi, where he lives.
“Karachi is our own city, we have not seen big-time cricket in the city for some time now so everyone is excited about the final in Karachi and whole Karachi will be buzzing when the final will be played there on March 25.”