PSL will take time to produce players like Virat, Rohit: Waqar

ISLAMABAD,: Pakistan Head Coach Waqar Younis has said we need to give the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at least three to four years before we can expect the league to mould our young talent into international material players.

Waqar said it is too quick to expect PSL to immediately churn out players of the class of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, like the Indian Premier League has done for the game in the neighbouring country.

“I think we shouldn’t keep our expectations high from the PSL in its first year. It will take time say three to four years before we can expect this league to also give us the Virat or Rohit,” quoted him as saying.

Waqar however made it clear that while he understood the desire of the franchises to field the sides they think are best for their requirements, he would like to see more players selected in the Pakistan squad play in the ongoing PSL.

“I don’t know what the cricket board can do because after all this is a commercial entity and franchises have their own businesses and requirements. But it would be good if the players picked in the squad for the Asia Cup and World T20 events are given chances to play in the PSL,” he said.

Waqar said he was not happy with the way some of the Pakistan selected players have not been given regular chances by their franchises. “I am a bit surprised that Babar Azam is not playing in all matches and Muhammad Irfan is not being tested out fully,” he added.

He was optimistic that the PSL in the next few years would fill a big void in Pakistan cricket and allow young players the opportunity to groom themselves and become top products. The Pakistan coach was also candid when asked whether he was satisfied with the squad selected for the two coming events.

“I don’t know whether you have spoken to chief selector Haroon Rasheed but I think it is best you speak to him about this. I was consulted by the selectors but it is their final decision on the squad,” he said.