Quetta Gladiators’ pick is certainly the best.
Pakistan Super League is about generating revenue. It is about giving a chance to the public to rejoice. Providing a different Television experience to the audience. However, it is a domestic league.
The purpose of domestic cricket is to be the supply line for the international team. May be couple of decades down the line, franchise cricket may become the product for Cricket. However, currently, International Cricket reigns. So, the purpose of Pakistan Super league is to feed the international team.
PSL has worked towards that direction by enforcing the 1 Emerging player in the 11 rule. Last year, emerging players were a bit of a gamble. Teams had very little time for preparation. Teams wagered, some paid off wonderfully well like for Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Whereas, other teams struggled a little bit. This PSL is different. Coaches and team management have had a year to prepare. Most teams held extensive camps to identify local talent. We all read about Yasir Jan the ambidextrous fast bowler, discovered by Lahore Qalandar’s talent hunt program.
Early days yet, but which team has showcased the best emerging player so far?
I wouldn’t include PZ in this. Mohammad Asghar is no longer an emerging player. He was quite close to a debut in Sydney, Australia. Don’t understand how he was categorised as an emerging player. It would be unfair for other players to compare them with Mohammad Asghar.
Islamabad United is the ageing team of the PSL. Hence, the injection of youth is supposed to give it some energy. So far, neither Shadab Khan nor Amad Butt have been able to make much of an impression. Pakistan’s need of a pace bowling all-rounder is rather urgent. Fans would hope that Amad Butt’s career would take a different route than that of Anwar Ali, Hamad Azam or Bilawal Bhatti.
Last year Karachi Kings struggled with their emerging players; both their picks were under prepared and certainly not ready for the big stage at the time. This time around Abrar Ahmad looks like a very decent pick. Has a little bit of mystery about him and with experience, he will learn to use the variation better. A pick on long-term potential, not just current value.
Lahore Qalandar had a poor season last year. So the extensive talent hunt camp was quite necessary. Their emerging team tour to Australia, Yasir Jan and Ghulam Mudassir’s made news. Under the radar was the lanky right arm bowler Imran Khan, who has done fairly well. Had Narine not rushed in for a Morgan top edge of his bowling; Lahore might have defended 59. A Sohail Tanvir like action, Pakistanis would hope his career would pan out differently than the left armer.
Quetta Gladiators’ pick is certainly the best of the lot. Hasan Khan, with a man of the match performance in his debut, adds to the list of quality left arm spinners in the country. Against top quality batsmen, he has shown tremendous composure. With instant feedback from captain Sarfraz, Hasan must feel like a stage artist. Quetta keeps plucking out gems.