Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will only take a decision on Pakistan tour after discussing it with his family but will also consider the love of Pakistani fans as they are deprived of international cricket at home.
Pakistan Cricket Board had announced an extra US 10,000 dollars for each PSL game a foreign player plays in Pakistan.
Australian national team has not toured Pakistan since 1998 over security fears but Watson was part of Australia “A” when they toured the troubled country in 2005.
When Watson was asked about whether he will travel with Quetta Gladiators to play playoffs, he mentioned first his team has to qualify for that.
“The most important thing is us getting through the finals and that’s a starting point. As I said previously, I have to sit down with my family again, to be able to really work through what the right decision is for my family and me at that moment of time,” said Watson after guiding Quetta to a win over Karachi Kings on Thursday.
“It is just not my decision. It is my mum’s and dad’s and wife’s as well. So we will all sit down to discuss and then go from there. ”
Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting was part of the World XI which played three Twenty20 internationals in Pakistan in September last year.
Watson said he did not talk to Cutting on the topic but heard all went smooth.
“I didn’t actually have a chance to talk to him (Cutting). I played with him in the Big Bash. Obviously, I heard that things went along very smoothly in those World XI games. So the most important thing is that the Pakistani people, the cricket loving people are able to get the opportunity to watch cricket live.
” I cannot imagine how tough it would be growing up not being able to watch my idols playing cricket. It is a great thing that cricket is played in Pakistan but from my point of view I will discuss as and when we qualify for the finals
Watson said he will also consider the fact that people in Pakistan are not able to witness stars like him playing in front of them.
“Of course, that’s a huge consideration. I was fortunate to play in Pakistan in 2005 and enjoyed there
“The best part of the Pakistani culture is that they’re beautiful people and they love their cricket as much as I do. That’s a huge consideration with the decision because people should not be deprived of the chance to watch the game they love so much.”
Watson was happy to guide Quetta to a victory with a brilliant knock of 90 not out — the highest in the PSL 3 so far.
“Personally, it’s great to have played a great inning. While I was out there, I was looking forward to a good partnership with Kevin Pietersen. It was a lot of fun tonight; KP doesn’t sit on the fence too much.
“It definitely gives us confidence and for me personally its great to have played a good inning. I had a good partnership with Kevin Pietersen and the wicket was playing nicely.
Watson praised the PSL for its top standards.
“It is a tough tournament to play, the quality of cricket is as good as anywhere in the world. That’s a reason why I keep coming back and its incredibly well run.
“The PCB puts on a great tournament and that’s why players come and play. I always like Pakistan and its people, it has been incredible and its great to be here.”