The concept of the Pakistan Super League was in the offering since 2012, but logistic issues meant that the tournament was delayed for a long time. As they say, better late than never, the Pakistan Super League too follows a similar journey. After finally commencing the league off in grand style, the response received by the organizers for the event has been simply overwhelming.
It includes a number of international T20 icons such as Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson and Chris Gayle. Shane Watson, who is also the vice captain of Islamabad United recently spoke about the league and said that he was delighted with the success. “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,” Watson said.
Watson also added that it was a dream come true for him to share the dressing room with Wasim Akram, who is an official for the Islamabad franchise. “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,” he said.
Watson also praised his teammate Rumman Raees and termed him as simply “incredible”. “Our left-arm quick Rumman has been incredible in the couple of games we’ve played,” Watson told cricket.com.au. “He’s 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’s the one who’s really stood out to me, he’s been incredibly impressive in the games he’s played,” said Watson.