Imad Wasim credits PSL for Pakistan’s success in 2017 CT
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Imad Wasim credits PSL for Pakistan’s success

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Imad Wasim is happy with the team has shaped up in PSL. Photo Credit: The National.

Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim is concurrently leading the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings. He maintained the professional domestic Twenty20 league had played a magnificent role in raising the bar of youngsters.

Wasim is known for playing an imperative role in the order with the bat. He believes the local players have learned a lot while sharing the change room with foreign recruits.

“We learn their behaviours, routine, training, work ethics,” Wasim told media in Dubai.

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On Monday (February 26),  bleak-looking Lahore Qalandars lost the match by 27 runs against Kings. Karachi-based outfit topped the PSL points table with three consecutive wins.

While speaking to media in Dubai, the 29-year-old Wasim believes the PSL has been a steppingstone for the rising stars.

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Ibtisam Shiekh. Photo Credit: Web

Interestingly, Wasim picked the 19-year-old star leg-spinner Ibtisam Sheikh as the great find. The former reiterated he has a quality to become the future star of Pakistan cricket.

“He is young but you can see his confidence,” Wasim hailed the slow bowler.

While identifying the talent, Wasim also stated he would like to see Ibtisam delivering in the foreseeable future. He added the prominent face Shahid Afridi has been an inspiration.

 

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Shahid Afridi bags three wickets against Lahore Qalandars. Photo Credit: PSL.

“In Karachi Kings, we look up to Shahid Afridi,” Wasim stated.

The promising leg-spinner Ibtisam has been representing Faisalabad. He was picked by the PSL outfit Peshawar Zalmi for the third season under the leadership of Darren Sammy.

In his three outings so far, Ibtisam bagged five wickets. He went wicketless in the opener on February 22 against new entrant Multan Sultans in Dubai.

Wasim observed the young players have had worked hard while adding they bank on the strength while making entry into the top flight cricket.

“After playing PSL the youngsters don’t feel any pressure while playing international matches,” Wasim asserted.

Imad Wasim credits PSL for 2017 Champions Trophy glory:

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Imad Wasim believes PSL has set the stage. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Interestingly, Wasim revealed the 2017 Champions Trophy maiden title victory against India is the outcome of the PSL.

Prominent all-rounder Wasim remarked the management relied on quality players by recent performances.

“We can’t be overconfident after winning few early matches. We will try to execute our plans against them,” Imad Wasim concluded.

Qalandars were bundled out for 132 in 18.3 overs after Kings post 159 for seven.

After making his international debut in 2015 against Zimbabwe at Lahore, Wasim featured in 30 One-day Internationals, 25 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan. So far, he bagged 55 scalps in the limited-overs cricket.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor