Lahore: Former New Zealand fast bowler Danny Morrison, one of the most lively and respected voices in cricket, believes Pakistan Super League has helped Pakistan immeasurably, throwing and maturing talent to the hilt.
The 53-year-old, a regular part of commentary teams to all parts of the cricketing world, including the PSL, singled-out Shadab Khan as a player who has matured from the Pakistan league.
“PSL has helped Pakistan cricket immeasurably,” Morrison said. “Particularly, when you look at the talent available, particularly the raw talent, it’s great.”
Morrison, who played 48 Tests and 96 ODIs, said PSL has been helpful for Pakistan cricket.
“There are a lot of discussions with the Pakistan players on how you need to improve the pitch standards, got to get a better structure and all cost money and then you are playing away from home, but with all that PSL has helped and thrown talent.
“The franchisees have benefited, the players have benefited by rubbing shoulders with some big international players. There are other franchise-based tournaments, which have also helped young talent emerge and benefit.”
Morrison praised the development of Shadab, Pakistan’s leg-spinner who is now captaining Islamabad United after regular skipper Mohammad Sami got injured.
“The development of Shadab, he is now doing captaincy, is significant. I am really impressed with Rumman Raees, a bit of bouncing back in terms of fitness,” said Morrison of Rumman who had a year-long lay-off due to injury.
“Then guys like Musa Khan making his debut, he is very exciting,” said Morrison of the Islamabad United newest pace sensation. “Babar (Azam) bursting onto the scene and his skills with the white ball have developed in the PSL.”
Babar is the world’s number-one ranked batsman which has synchronised with the PSL.
“Faheem Ashraf maturing with the ball in the hand, the redemption and allowance of Mohammad Amir to come back into international cricket; it’s good for Pakistan cricket.
“I am targeting pace here, obviously, but I think that is where Pakistan’s strength lies. There are more than few who have been unearthed in the PSL.”
Morrison praised the standards of play in the PSL.