PSL fever grips even the politicians

ISLAMABAD: Not only the common folks but politicians of different hues are also getting under the sway of Pakistan’s ongoing inaugural International T20 Cricket show, the Pakistan Super League. Politicians from MQM’S Faisal Sabzwari to PTI’s Asad Umar have expressed their interest in PSL, supporting their favourite teams also.

Talking to private news channel, Senior vice president of PTI and MNA Asad Umar said that his full support goes to Islamabad United saying “United all the Way”, he is also an ardent Misbah fan.

He said that his crazy schedule hardly gives him the luxury to watch the games, but his love for the United never abates. “Every now and then I would ask someone for updates especially when Its Islamabad United’s game”, he said.

He sees huge potential in PSL and wants to see Islamabad play in front of their home crowd.

PTI’s MNA from Swat Murad Saeed said that PSL is a life tonic for Pakistan cricket that is giving new and old talents a chance to rub shoulders together. “I hope PSL will be held on Pakistani cricket grounds very soon”, he said.

To a question, he said his love for the game goes back to his school days (Swat Public School) where he played as a middle order batsman. “Even after my busy schedule, PSL has got me all hooked up and I try to catch up whenever I can,” he said. “My support is for Peshawar Zalmi and entire Swat and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has also been gripped in its fever,” he added.

He said that Tamim Iqbal, Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy have impressed him, while he finds Afridi a man for all seasons.If he fails with the bat he will definitely shine with the ball.

Mutahidda Qoumi Movement (MQM) lawmaker and former minister for youth and culture Faisal Subzwari said that cricket is in his blood like every other Pakistani. “Being a true Karachiite, I naturally cheer for the Kings but I am disappointed about not picking enough local talent and now my support is divided half between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators”, he said.

He said that as a product PSL has immensely impressed him. Seeing young players getting a chance to shine at the top level excites him.

He said PSL was not only killing skepticism but also forcing masses to passionately fall in love with it.

To a question he said that, local fans being deprived of the fun was a crude fact but hopes that the next season would fill local stands.

He considered Muhammad Nawaz the “find” of the tournament adding he finds quickies like Shaun Tait and Wahab Riaz exciting to watch.