Pakistan super league is the premier T20 tournament of Pakistan Cricket Board. It is the biggest cricketing event of Pakistan for which all the people of Pakistan wait eagerly every year. It is also the highest source of revenue for the PCB. Besides all that experts are raising questions whether it is a blessing or a curse for Pakistan cricket.
PSL provides a platform to new youngsters to showcase their skills and play for Pakistan national side. Many new stars have been produced through the platform of PSL. Players like Hassan Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Rumman Raees, Fakhar Zaman and many others caught the eye of national selectors through PSL. So it is a blessing in this sense as it is producing young players for the national side.
On the other hand, it is considered a curse by the experts. According to them due to PSL the local players performing in Quaid e Azam trophy and Pakistan cup are neglected. Players who perform in PSL are given preference over the players performing in local tournaments. Due to this players are selected in ODI and TEST format on the basis of T20 performance.
This is one of the major reasons why Pakistan national side is losing all the series in the longer formats of the game. Players like Sami Aslam, Asif Zakir, Akbur ur Rehman, Sadaf Hussain, Tabish Khan are not selected by the national selectors despite being the highest run scorers and wicket takers in the local tournaments.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
Pakistan cricket team selectors should form a policy in which clear criteria for the selection of players should be mentioned. In test format players who are performing well in Quaid e Azam trophy should be picked same is the case for the ODI format. PSL performances should only be considered for the T20 side. A prime example is of the Abid Ali case. He was ignored by the selectors but he kept performing. He was one of the highest scores of the Pakistan Cup when given opportunity for the national side he scored a century on debut. Now he is included in the Pakistan World Cup squad.
Pakistan Super League is a great event. The whole world has eyes over it. High-quality cricket is played and it provides entertainment to millions of fans around the world. But a chef cannot be selected on the basis of engineering performance. Similarly, players in every format should be selected on the basis of performances in the local tournaments. As the wise people say “too much of anything is also dangerous for health.”
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