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Fans will get to see exciting T20 cricket: Vivian Richards

Liaqat Ali/Dubai
Filed on February 2, 2016
Fans will get to see exciting T20 cricket: Vivian Richards

"I have always enjoyed playing against Pakistan because of their aggressive mindset," Richards said.

Caribbean legend Vivian Richards has predicted highly entertaining T20 cricket for fans amidst pleasant Dubai weather.

The most fearsome batsman in his days, Richards is here with Quetta Gladiators as a team mentor and believes that the Pakistan Super League would give young aggressive cricketers from Pakistan an opportunity to showcase their talent to the world. 

"I have always enjoyed playing against Pakistan because of their aggressive mindset," Richards said during a media interaction on Tuesday at the ICC Cricket Academy. 

"We were dominant in my times but one team that created problems for us was Pakistan," he pointed out, adding that it was always a challenge to play against Pakistan. 

"This is an ideal opportunity for Pakistani youngsters to prove their mettle in the PSL. This pleasant weather of the UAE provides an opportunity to teams to entertain the fans with T20 brand of cricket," Richards added. 

When asked what is the key factor to succeed in T20 cricket, Richards said: "It is important to believe in yourself because if you don't believe in yourself nobody else will have faith in you.

"You can say T20 cricket is a lottery at times but it needs lot of focus because one over can change the complexion of the game." 

He added: "Today's players are widely travelled guys and have experience of playing around the world. 

"I feel myself privileged to be part of Quetta team which has players of Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright caliber. My first session with the team was wonderful and we hope to do well in the tournament." 

When asked about the chances of the PSL success, Richards said: "I have involved in the top leagues of the world (Indian Premier League, Big Bash and Caribbean Premier League) and the PSL is a just an extension of that process. 

"This region has loads of talent and I don't find any reason the PSL is not going to succeed," Richards reiterated. 

liaqat@khaleejtimes.com





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