Pakistan Super League (PSL) ends on a most unforgettable and emotional note in Gaddafi stadium. Lahore. Where after almost 8 years, cricket game of this stature was played amid very tight security. The motive of starting PSL was to find undiscovered gems who can shine for Pakistan. Youngsters can be groomed by playing with and against the greats of the game. PSL exactly does that. Although, the first season of the league gave just two prominent young players, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Nawaz, who are part of Pakistan’s limited overs teams now.
PSL seems to be fruitful now for Pakistan as the second season of the league has given some more worthy young players. Let’s have a look who we have discovered from PSL 2017.
The first name that struck our mind is Shadab Khan of Islamabad United. An 18 years of old allrounder, who can bowl cunning leg-spinners with effective googly, handy with the bat and a useful fielder as well. This young all rounder was picked up by United from Pakistan Under 19 and made his PSL debut against Lahore Qalandars. His performance with both the bat and the ball has impressed cricketing fans allrounder Pakistan irrespective of which team they were supporting. He scored 79 runs in the campaign with an amazing inning of 42. He also took 11 wickets in the eight matches he played.
Another youngster; Fakhar Zaman looked like a promising batsman. He was kind of a lone warrior for Lahore Qalandars in their batting line. From the very first match he made his point clear that he means business and he is there in the middle to knock Pakistan national team’s doors. He played 8 matches for Qalandars and scored 177 runs with the highest score of 56 against Karachi Kings. He was also given an opportunity to bowl in couple of matches but only got 1 wicket and that was against Karachi Kings as well. His aggressive batting approach and natural stroke making ability makes him a good option to replace Sharjeel Khan at the top of the order.
Hassan Khan of Quetta Gladiators, the slow-left arm bowler, was another player who caught the eyes of cricket pundits. He played 10 matches for Quetta Gladiators and took 9 wickets averaging 25.33 at the economy rate of 6.97 and his best bowling figure was 2/10 against Lahore Qalandars in their first game of this years’ PSL. Inzamam ul Haq; Chief Selector during PSL also have said that this boy is under the radar of National Selectors.
Mohammad Irfan Jr.
Mohammad Irfan Junior , the right-arm pacer with an unorthodox action, who was one of the findings of National talent hunt by Lahore Qalandars was also quite impressive this year. Although he wasn’t that successful but he can be an asset for Pakistan in future. There is always room for improvement and grooming. He played 7 matches and took 7 wickets with the best bowling figure of 3/26.
These were some of the youngsters who are all set to represent Pakistan, other than these some of the old players like Shahid Khan Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Khan and young Babar Azam played extremely well but some of them are retired and not willing to be back but others are eyeing a comeback in the national squad.