Pakistan Cricket Team head coach –Mickey Arthur is aiming to keep a close look at the ongoing third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 to find two talented players to complete the jigsaw for 2019 World Cup squad.
Arthur believes that the PSL has been playing a vital role in developing talent in the country, citing the examples of Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan, who came into the national squad after their outstanding show in the previous editions of the T20 tournament.
According to a report in Pakpassion.net, Arthur said, “I feel that the PSL has been wonderful in developing talent. The first edition of the PSL unearthed Hasan Ali whilst the second edition brought to light the talent of Shadab Khan. I am hoping that PSL 3 will unearth another 2 players of talent for Pakistan and that will complete the jigsaw for our 2019 World Cup squad. So, I am looking for 2 in players this PSL to stand up and be part of our future.”
The Pakistan coach further said, “What I would like the new players to be able to do are two things that will get them to play for Pakistan. They cannot be good in just one discipline so if you are a bowler, you have got to be fielding properly. Similarly, if you are a batsman, you have to be good in the field as well. That is how we win games. So, players that aren't good in the field will have to battle very hard to get into the team as they won? It fit into the brand of cricket we are looking for.”
On being asked if he being at the PSL would help in identifying such players, Arthur replied, “Of course, it is and that is the benefit of me coaching the Karachi Kings. In this way, I can get to see so many young players close at hand and I am able to witness Pakistan's best young domestic cricketers in action.”
He signed off by saying, “This will allow me to check if they are suitable for playing at the international level or not. That to me is the benefit of coaching at the PSL which is great and obviously something that I need to do," said Arthur, who will coach Karachi Kings in the upcoming PSL.”