Ajmal feels PSL can grow new leaders in Pakistan
By Aditya Pratap - Feb 12, 2018 3:45 pm
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Former Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal is afraid of the lack of capable leaders in Pakistan, who can represent the nation. He has been named Islamabad United’s bowling coach for the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League.

Ajmal was star bowler for Pakistan before a suspension halted his career.

United were the inaugural champions of this league but failed to maintain their success. He is worried about the lack of players, who have leadership skills. However, he feels this league can help to grow leaders for the country.

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“I don’t think there is any local player in the current squad right now who can replace Misbah. Rumman Raees has been named the vice-captain and hopefully, he can turn into a real leader in the future. We should also be looking to groom several youngsters since this will help Pakistan cricket because every team needs several leaders out there on the pitch. The PSL can be used by the franchises to experiment,” noted Saeed Ajmal.

Former off-spinner has said he hopes the entire Pakistan Super League (PSL) takes place in Pakistan from next year.

The third edition of the country’s cash-rich T20 league will begin from February 22 in the UAE, whereas the final will be played on March 25 at the National Stadium of Karachi. The first two editions of the league were also organized in the UAE.

It is the first time that more than a single match of the league is scheduled to be played in Pakistan, with last year’s final being the first match to make it back home.

“I want the whole of the PSL to be organized in Pakistan since it can be really beneficial for the country and the sport. The crowds will finally get to see their stars playing in front of them, the sponsors will get increased exposure and hosting a successful PSL at home will help completely revive international cricket in the country,” Ajmal added.

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“It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved and I really hope we have the whole of PSL in Pakistan from next year.”

Three matches will be played in Pakistan this year including the final, which will take place in Karachi.