Saturday Feb 16 2019

'Exceptional talent' in PSL to be considered for World Cup: Sarfaraz Ahmed

Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in action against Peshawar Zalmi. Photo: PCB

DUBAI: Pakistan’s cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said Friday the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was an opportunity for young cricketers to prove their worth ahead of the World Cup.

Speaking to the media after leading Quetta Gladiators to a comfortable win against Peshawar Zalmi, the wicket-keeper said those who perform exceptionally in the tournament would be considered for the mega event.

“The selection committee and management will surely consider if any exceptional talent is spotted during the PSL who can be picked for the national team,” Sarfaraz said.

He also praised Umar Akmal, who scored a match-winning 75 to help Gladiators win their first match in the PSL's fourth edition.

“Umar is a talented player and he can always do well for his team. If he continues to play like this, I’m sure he will soon make a comeback,” the 31-year-old said.

Reacting to his side’s six-wicket win, the Sarfaraz said it was always important to win the inaugural match and get the momentum in the beginning. "At the same time, it is important to keep that momentum”, he said. 

“We will try to continue with same momentum and passion in the tournament,” Sarfaraz added.