Inaugural PSL to help grow cricket in Quetta

ISLAMABAD: Vice captain of Pakistan team and Captain of Quetta Gladiators in PSL Sarfraz Ahmed has said that Pakistan Super League (PSL) will pave the way for the development of cricket in Balochistan and hoped that more cricketers will emerge from Quetta.

Talking to a private news channel, he said that “We want to try and take Quetta’s name forward. I hope after this tournament cricket will grow even more in Quetta.”

He said that generally, Karachi and Lahore were well known in Pakistan’s cricket circles but after the PSL, Quetta too can place itself on the cricketing map of the country, he added.

He said “there was immense talent in Quetta and we saw that in Bismillah Khan. And I’m sure the PSL will help unearth more such players.”

Sarfraz also said that he wasn’t sure how he would be able to captain the likes of Sangakkara and KP but added that their good personalities helped him and the team.

He also said that the team got to learn a lot from such experienced players. “Initially it was challenging because we didn’t know how they are. But once we met and played with them, it was fun and we enjoyed playing with them”, he said.

Replying to a question about the final of PSL, Sarfraz put it down to a bad luck and said that it was not their day.

“It was bad luck because we had posted a good score but I guess it was not to be our day. Credit to the Islamabad team, they played really well, especially the batting. They had a great start and from that, they came back into the match,” Sarfraz said.

He also praised the PSL and hoped that it could one day be played in Pakistan. “It has been tremendous for Pakistan. We had a successful PSL and the PCB organized it very well. In future, it will help Pakistan cricket and I hope it will be held in Pakistan,” he said.