PCB needs to work on its first-class structure: Wasim Akram

The fielding standards has been unbelievably brilliant in the PSL 2018, says Wasim Akram.

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One of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket – Wasim Akram has expressed his concern after not seeing any emerging batsman in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018.

The renowned cricket commentator and television personality further said that there have been all-rounders and bowlers who attracted everyone, but not batsmen. He also said the Pakistan Board (PCB) should have to invest some money into Pakistan’s first class system to refurbish the structure.

Akram told Gulf News, “If we notice, in the third PSL we haven’t seen even one emerging batsman. We have seen all-rounders and bowlers but not batsmen. It shows that we need to work on our first class structure. Hopefully, after this PSL hype, we will have to invest some money into our first class system.”

However, former Pakistan pacer is highly impressed with the fielding effort in the PSL 2018, where he was the Director of the Multan Sultans, saying it has been unbelievably brilliant.

He added, “The fielding standards have been unbelievably brilliant. The only worry for me is not seeing any emerging batsman. We saw bowlers like Shaheen Afridi of Lahore Qalandars, and if I have to pick one young player, it will be Islamabad United’s Hussain Talat, though it is his third year in the PSL.”

The 51-year-old also hoping that the international cricket will return Pakistan very soon after successfully hosting the final leg of the PSL 2018.

Wasim signed off by saying, “By staging more PSL matches in Pakistan and with West Indies coming next month for three T20s, everyone will understand that Pakistan is a normal place like any country in the world. There were problems but not anymore and cricket is our most loved sport. I am happy that the PSL III was well organized and congratulations to Najam Sethi and his team. The cricketing decisions and facilities were spot on.”



By Rashmi Nanda - 28 Mar, 2018

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