Star Bangladeshi top-order batsman Tamim Iqbal, who is aiming to do the bulk of the job for Peshawar Zalmi. He has made a bold claim regarding the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The third edition of the professional Twenty20 league is concurrently being held in the United Arab Emirates.
“My goal in the tournament has been very simple, which was to score runs for Peshawar Zalmi,” Iqbal was quoted by PakPassion.
The 28-year-old left-handed Chittagong-born batsman Iqbal is representing PSL franchise Peshawar Zalmi. In five outings for Darren Sammy-led side Zalmi, Iqbal had a decent outing in the league so far. He went on to score 134 runs.
However, Sammy is out of the action due to a knee, as Zalmi is led by senior campaigner Mohammad Hafeez. Iqbal lauded the Windies all-rounder for his impact as a skipper.
“Sammy’s captaincy has been fantastic as he proved with his leadership abilities in the 2017 edition of the PSL and continues to do so in the current tournament as he showed the world recently in Sharjah,” Iqbal said of Sammy.
The southpaw is further delighted to participate in the league.
“Playing in the PSL has been a great experience for me so far. As for Peshawar Zalmi, I am happy to say that this is amongst one of the best franchises I have played for during my career,” Iqbal asserted.
In his previous outing, Iqbal smashed unbeaten 37 against bleak-looking Lahore Qalandars on March 3. He made his maiden appearance in the inaugural edition of the PSL in 2016.
“I was lucky to have played in the first and second editions of the tournament and now I have the chance to play in PSL3 as well,” Iqbal said.
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The aggressive batsman Iqbal stated PSL has set the hallmark. He added it could simultaneously become the second successful and biggest league in the short-paced competition.
Apart from the significant experience on his back in the international fold, Iqbal played 161 T20s. He scored 4,404 runs and went on to register two tons and 29 fifties.
While being the part of defending champions Zalmi, Iqbal further praised the owners of distinct franchises. Moreover, Iqbal maintained the relationship between players and owners have been tremendous.
“The PSL is a very special competition and it will continue to grow into something special,” Iqbal added.
Out of his experience, Zalmi’s top-order batsman Iqbal went on state PSL could surpass the burgeoning Big Bash League. It already established as the successful league after lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I can safely say with conviction that this is a fantastic tournament and has the potential and all the hallmarks to be the second best franchise-based T20 tournament in the world very soon,” Iqbal concluded.
So far, Zalmi found the third spot on the PSL 2018 points table with six points. They will play their sixth match against new entrant Multan Sultans on March 6 (Tuesday) in Dubai.
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