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Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes that Indian Premier League (IPL) brought a turnaround in Indian cricket, and has high hopes of a similar impact from Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Pakistan.

Afridi has credited the success of Indian cricket to the IPL, saying it has helped the country’s budding cricketers to cope better when it comes to pressure situations at the international arena.

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Former Pakistan skipper Afridi mentioned that sharing the same dressing room with international legends in the IPL has done the world of good to the young Indian cricketers.

The high-intense games in the IPL is a common sight. Afridi believes that this has taught young Indian cricketers to cope up well with the rising pressure of the sport.

Shahid Afridi Lauds IPL’s Contribution to Indian Cricket:

“I think the IPL turned around Indian cricket. Their new players after having played in the IPL with top foreign players and having shared the dressing room with them are ready when they come into international cricket. They are ready to cope with the pressures at this level,” the former skipper said.

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He added, “I think the IPL changed their cricket and I think even our Pakistan Super League will do the same. Already we are seeing some good young players coming through the league. When you play with or against top international players before big crowds you learn to handle the pressure.”

Afridi, however, did caution that the selectors should first give young players some exposure in domestic cricket before bringing them forward.

The flamboyant leg-spinner and hard-hitting batsman Afridi said he would continue to play in leagues until he is fit and able to perform.

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