Watson impressed with young quick Rumman Raees

ISLAMABAD: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has praised young fast-bowler Rumman Raees who has been picked in Pakistan’s squad for next month’s World T20.

Raees, currently playing alongside Watson for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, has impressed the Australian all-rounder in the tournament being played in Dubai and Sharjah.

Australia are pooled with Pakistan in Group 2 for the World T20 and as the only member of the Aussie squad playing in the PSL, Watson has gained some invaluable insight into some of the players Steve Smith’s side will come up against in their third group match on March 25.

And he is identified the 24-year-old Raees, who is yet to make his international debut, as the most impressive local player he had played with or against in the PSL.

“Our left-arm quick Rumman has been incredible in the couple of games we’ve played, Watson was quoted as saying by, cricket.com.au. He has been very skilful and for a young man, he knows his game very well.

He understands the game, understands Twenty20 cricket and knows how to get himself out of trouble in an over”. “He is the one who is really stood out to me, he has been incredibly impressive in the games he’s played,” he said.

Raees, who has already notched up 40 first-class games, has been miserly for Islamabad in the tournament so far, registering the superb economy rate of 5.88. His hero, former left-arm quick Wasim Akram is the Director of Cricket at the Islamabad franchise and Watson commended the influence of the Pakistan legend on himself and the likes of Raees.

“To be able to get to know Wasim Akram (has been great),” Watson said. “I played against him really early in my career in one day cricket, so to be able to spend more time with him, get to know him and talk to him about and cricket and about life, I’ve been very fortunate”.

The PSL is an awesome thing for Pakistan cricket. To be able to get an exposure for younger cricketers playing against world-class players is an awesome thing for Pakistan cricket’s development.