Flower expects Pakistani youngsters to bloom courtesy PSL

Dubai - Flower, assistant coach with Peshawar Zalmi, who have two victories out of two matches, was all praise for the inaugural PSL.



By Liaqat Ali

Published: Mon 8 Feb 2016, 9:35 PM

Cricket-hungry Pakistani youngsters have got an ideal platform to showcase their skills in the Pakistan Super League.
Emerging players Mohammed Asghar of Peshawar Zalmi and Mohammed Nawaz of Quetta Gladiators have caught the eye with match-winning performances in the PSL so far.
The beauty of T20 tournaments like the PSL is that it not only attracts top talent from around the world - but also gives an opportunity to coaching staff as well.
The big names on the coaching front includes Micky Arthur, Dean Jones, Moin Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Wasim Akram and Andy Flower. The quality and experience of these cricket personalities provides an ideal opportunity to the youngsters to learn the pros and cons of the game.
Flower, assistant coach with Peshawar Zalmi, who have two victories out of two matches, was all praise for the inaugural PSL.
"I am really impressed by the standards of cricket being played in the PSL among the top players of the world.
"Some of the youngsters have already announced their arrival on big stage. Asghar from our camp has bowled well and extracted a lot turn from this track and it is going to do a world of good for his confidence.
"There is no a better way to learn the tricks of the trade than rubbing shoulders with big names in the game. Pakistani youths are also sharing the dressing room with the big national stars whom they haven't seen playing in front of them for long. The PSL will do to the Pakistani youth as the Indian Premier League has done to the Indian youngsters," Flower said.
The Dubai pitch is known for helping spinners but this time around it is turning a bit more.
"We stayed back after the opening ceremony which was really marvelous. We watched the opening match between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United. Quetta spinners were all over the place as Nawaz grabbed four wickets to inflict a heavy defeat on Islamabad.
"Tony Hemming is an experienced curator and he always prepares wonderful pitches and I hope the spinning aspect will be taken care of. Anyhow we have seen some exciting contests in the PSL so far," the former England coach added.
"The PSL is more than cricket as owner of Peshawar Zalmi Javed Afridi has arranged the trip of more than 150 Army Public School (APS) students and teachers to Dubai to watch the PSL and visit the UAE landmarks.
"It was a great gesture and it shows the intentions of the Peshawar team owners. They rate such projects higher than winning the trophy. The boys will remember their trip to the UAE."

Mohammad Hafeez of Peshawar Zalmi smacks hard against the Lahore Qalandar in a PSL T20 match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. — Photo by Rahul Gajjar
Mohammad Hafeez of Peshawar Zalmi smacks hard against the Lahore Qalandar in a PSL T20 match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. — Photo by Rahul Gajjar
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