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Exclusive: Wasim Akram confident PSL will bring cricket back to Pakistan
By Mohammad Abdullah March 08, 2018
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DUBAI: Pakistan bowling legend and Multan Sultan technical director Wasim Akram is confident that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will take cricket back to Pakistan.
“PCB chairman Najm Sethi  has done a fantastic job. I am sure not only we will take PSL back to where it belongs but also take cricket back to Pakistan through PSL.
“It is very much feasible to organise PSL in Pakistan. We have a great infrastructure to hold any cricket event in Pakistan,” said Akram.
“We have stadia at Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Multan. You name the city and we have one stadium there. People of Pakistan love cricket. They breathe cricket. They live cricket. They have a passion for the game,” asserted the former pacer.
Pakistan has been deprived of international cricket since a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore in 2008.
Akram also advocated the idea of holding the PSL final in Karachi. PCB chief Sethi has been emphasizing on hosting the final in Karachi. But according the media reports, the Karachi stadium is not in the condition to host big events. The last international match held there was over a decade ago. However the renovation work is under way.
“Yes, I think it is a great idea to host the PSL final in Karachi. It is a city of 22 million people. It is buzzing. It is happening. Let the people of Karachi have their share of pie as well,” he added.
Akram was speaking on the sidelines of an event – organise by Box Office – held to announce his association with an online cricket application Cricingif in Dubai.
Akram was all praise for captain Shoaib Malik and coach Tom Moody. Sultan are a new franchise of the PSL. They made their debut in the third edition of the league. But with an impressive performance they are on the top of the six-team league.
They have won four, lost two while one game was washed out due to rain that took their points tally to nine in seven matches.
“The whole credit goes to captain and coach Moody. We picked up one of the best captain of the Twenty20  cricket. He has done an awesome job. Players are getting along well and everyone is doing his job,” he informed.
“Moody is an excellent coach. He is a seasoned campaigner and knows how to get the best outbid the players.”
Akram also asserted the need for the revival of Indo-Pak bilateral series for the betterment of cricket. The cricketing ties between the two Asian neighbours have snapped for over a decade owing to political tension between the two countries.
“Pakistan is always ready to play India anywhere in the world. It is about the government of the two countries. But I think it is imperative for the betterment of cricket that the Asian giants start playing each other,” said Akram.
“An India-Pakistan match is a high octane, pressure cooker game. I don’t think any cricketing event generates so much excitement and pressure as a match between the two countries.
“I can vividly recall the kind of pressure that we felt in every game against India. It is not that the pressure is on that particular day but we used to feel it one month in advance,” he added.
“Ashes is watched by around 20 million people where as an India-Pakistan match is watched by one billion people. SO I feel pity for the player today. I am fortunate to have played in those series,” he concluded.

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