LAHORE, Feb 16 (APP):Pakistan cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has
urged the talented players to show their mettle in the HBL Pakistan
Super League, which is one the gateways for securing prominence and breaking into international cricket.
The HBL PSL’s one of the objectives is to promote and groom
young players.
From the past three editions, Pakistan have unearth
players like Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf,
Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Salman Agha to name a few,
according to information made available here on Saturday by the
Pakistan Cricket Board.
Some of these players have already played for Pakistan and
some are knocking at the doors of international cricket.
“Everyone is watching the HBL PSL so I hope these young players
with exceptional talent will take this opportunity to showcase their
talent and perform,” said Safaraz after his team beat Peshawar Zalmi
by six wickets in their opening match on Friday.
“The selection committee and management will surely consider if
any exceptional talent is spotted during the HBL PSL who can be picked
for the national team. So it’s up to these young players to work hard
and break into the national team,” he said adding “We always welcome a talented player in Pakistan team.”
Sarfaraz praised the return-to-form innings of Umar Akmal whose
50-ball 75 not out spiced with seven boundaries and three sixes
helped Quetta overhaul Peshawar’s modest 156-run target.
“Umar is a talented player and he can always do well for his team.
If he continues to play like this, I’m sure he will soon make a
comeback,” said Sarfraz.
Umar has not played for Pakistan since the tour of Australia
in 2017.
Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur had also called upon the
fringe players and those who lost their places in the national team
to do well in the HBL PSL as the selectors and team management will
soon be finalising squads for the home ODI series against Australia, followed by the tour to England for five-ODIs and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.