Ramiz Raja hopes PSL will do the same for Pakistan, as IPL has for India

PSL 3 started from February 22 in Dubai.

Ramiz expects good batting talent in PSL 3. ( Geo TV)

PSL 3 got a kickoff on Thursday with Multan Sultan's emerging victorious against Peshawar Zalmi by 7 wickets. Mohammad Hafeez scored a defiant 59 for Peshawar Zalmi. His knock was bettered by Kumar Sangakkara (57) and Shoaib Malik (42*) as Multan Sultan's won by 7 wickets. 

Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja earlier said that PSL was second only to IPL in terms of being the most followedT20 league across the world. 

Now in an exclusive interview with Geo News, the former Pakistan skipper has said that he hopes that PSL will nurture the cricketing talent in Pakistan, the same way the IPL has done for India. 

He further went on to pick his teams for the tournament final. Ramiz Raja wants to see the final match of the Pakistan Super League's (PSL) ongoing edition between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars.

Ramiz Raja further complemented the transition of the Indian Cricket team under Virat Kohli. “India improved in bowling; their team is balanced now. Previously, they were dependent on the batting, but, as their bowling is strong now, it is very difficult to beat them."  In the process, he praised the Indian bowling attck which according to him was the main reason behind India's recent success bot at home and way. 

Regarding his desire of what he wants from this season of the PSL Ramiz said: "I want new batsmen to come from PSL". 

With the PSL getting bigger and better every season, Raja continued, the myth that Pakistan cannot look after good talent has been broken.

He said he would closely observe the performances of Shaheen Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan, Ibtisam Sheikh, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, and Hasan Ali during the season. 

By Anshuman Roy - 23 Feb, 2018

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