Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has cautioned cricket fans in Pakistan from expecting the Pakistan Super League to immediately churn out players of the calibre of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, something that the Indian Premier League has achieved for Indian cricket.
“I think we shouldn’t keep our expectations high from the PSL in its inaugral year. It will take time say three to four years before we can expect this league to also give us the Virat Kohlis or Rohit Sharmas like the IPL did for India,” the former Pakistan skipper and current Head coach was quoted by a leading news channel on Saturday from Sydney.
Waqar said that expectations are high in Pakistan that the PSL will provide a platform for young cricketers to come through the ranks and play on an international stage, and that it would help Pakistan produce the kind of talent the Indian Premier League has produced for India.
“But we need to be patient and give it atleast three to four years before we can expect the PSL to mould our young talent into international quality players,” Waqar exercised a degree of caution.
Waqar was also quick to point out that while he understood that franchises field sides according to their requirements, he would ideally like more players from Pakistan’s World T20 squad to play regularly for their franchises.
“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,” the former Test captain said.
“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.
Waqar was all too candid when asked whether he was pleased with the World T20 squad picked by the selectors.
“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,” came a very frank reply.