ISLAMABAD/DUBAI: Legendary left arm pacer Wasim Akram says Pakistan Super League (PSL) will boost the confidence of the new generation of Pakistan cricketers.
Wasim, who is the director of the Islamabad United team that will play in the inaugural league, said he had a very professional team in Islamabad United with Dean Jones as the coach. “We have a good bunch of boys,” he said.
“We have some very good youngsters who are eager to learn and I think PSL, apart from bringing financial benefit to the players, will give so much confidence to a young generation of Pakistan cricketers,” Wasim said in an interview with a UAE newspaper.
He said the youngsters would learn by playing with the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shane Watson.
“They will pick a lot of good things from them and that is what Pakistan cricket and youngsters have been lacking. Since there was no international cricket in Pakistan this will give the youngsters confidence,” he said.
When asked if PSL could succeed, Akram said it was a great concept but there would be some teething problems early on. “Once it kicks off everything will fall in place.
What we need is the lovers of cricket in Dubai and Sharjah to come and support it and accept it as their own tournament,” he said. The most exciting factor for Akram is the timing of the league. The timing of the PSL is perfect with Asia Cup and Twenty20 World Cup following it, he said.
“These 20 days of high-octane cricket is perfect preparation for the players,” he said.