PSL to increase professionalism: Kamran

ISLAMABAD: On the eve of the Pakistan Super League’s launch in Dubai, Kamran Akmal said he is a believer in its promise to improve Pakistan’s standards.

Wicketkeeper Akmal is signed up to play with Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL, and he is hoping the new Twenty20 league spurs the whole of the Pakistan talent pool to raise their game.

“Following the PSL every domestic cricketer will try to be fit and give their best as everyone will want to be picked by the franchises to play in the PSL,” said Kamran, who has hit six centuries in Test matches and five tons in one day cricket, The National reported. “Overall the whole tournament will be a big boost for every cricketer,” he added.

According to Kamran, the big boost for Pakistan cricketers will come from playing alongside the greats of the game. “We all have seen that in whichever league the best players have come those countries have benefitted. “It increases the professionalism of that country. So sharing the dressing room with players like Chris Gayle, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy and others will help everyone.” “For the last two seasons I have been performing but it is left to the selectors.

My job is to show fitness and form and now that the domestic matches are over I will focus on Peshawar Zami and give my best,” Kamran said. “They can stake their claim for a place in the Pakistan team through a good performance.

Domestic cricket ended three days ago and many youngsters gave very good performance including myself and so through PSL, all these are platforms to produce a comeback, he said”

He said he was confident in the quality of the Peshawar team. Kamran said, “Our team combination is excellent. We need to practice more to find the right combination on the field, but we have worked hard in the last three days.

“The foreigners who are also in the team are also putting in their effort and so in batting and bowling we have a good combination.”