Multan Sultans spin-bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed has made a bold prediction by claiming Pakistan Super League (PSL) to be the best T20 tournament in the world. There have been plenty of debates recently regarding the best T20 events, based on the competitiveness and quality of players produced. While the Indian Premier League (IPL) has earned the tag often, Mushtaq Ahmed believes otherwise.
The 2021 edition of the PSL recently concluded in the UAE, with Multan Sultan emerging as champions and the tournament is often known to produce top-notch bowlers. The likes of Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, and Usman Qadir have shone in the tournament. The most recent edition saw the rise of Shahnawaz Dhani, who ended the season as the highest wicket-taker with 20 scalps in 11 games at 17.
While claiming PSL as the best T20 tournament in the world, Mushtaq Ahmed said that several foreign players have revealed to have faced the toughest bowling. The former Pakistan cricketer stated that no other competition produces the level of bowlers PSL does. Ahmed conceded that every franchise has 2-3 pacers bowling at high speeds, while there are mystery spinners too.
“PSL is the best league in the world. I have spoken to many foreign players and they have told me that they haven’t faced such tough bowling anywhere. Take IPL, Big Bash or England’s T20 blast, no league has the kind of bowlers that PSL has. Every PSL franchise has 2-3 bowlers who can bowl at speeds of 135 (kph) plus. There are so many mystery spinners as well,” Ahmed told Cricket Pakistan.
Pakistan is benefiting from the league as the national squad gets a lot of talent from here: Mushtaq Ahmed
Mushtaq Ahmed further said that foreign players claim to be enjoying in the PSL as it helps to raise their game. Ahmed, who was part of the 1992 World Cup-winning squad, hailed the quality and professionalism of the tournament, crediting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for elevating the standards. The 51-year old hopes for the PSL to keep cultivating superstars so that the national team benefits out of it.
“International players who have spoken to me have said that they love to play PSL because they get to play tough cricket and that helps them raise their games. PSL is lucky to have such high-quality bowlers, which entices foreign players to take part in the league. There is a lot of professionalism as well. I give credit for it to PCB and all the six franchises. Pakistan is benefiting from the league as the national squad gets a lot of talent from here. I hope Pakistan keep finding superstars from the PSL,” he added.