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Rookie pacer Musa aiming to be the next big thing from PSL

Sharjah: With his three wickets on his debut for Islamabad United against a formidable Peshawar Zalmi, rookie fast bowler Mohammad Musa has heralded his arrival and could be the next big thing in Pakistan cricket.

The 18-year-old from Islamabad dismissed Kamran Akmal for his first wicket before accounting for England’s regular Dawid Malan and finally double World Twenty20 winning West Indies captain Darren Sammy.I can’t describe my feelings, said the unassuming lad from Islamabad.I was encouraged by my captain (Mohammad Sami), coaching staff and all the players, so those were great moments.Before the PSL, I knew that this is the platform to break into international cricket and I will do my best to come into the reckoning for the Pakistan cricket team, vowed Musa, who was picked in Islamabad United late last year.The HBL PSL has that quality of throwing talent. Already there are names which can be quoted as the emerging stars from Hasan Ali to Shadab Khan, from Shaheen Shah Afridi to Faheem Ashraf and from Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Khan.
Musa had already played for Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand last year. He grabbed seven wickets in five matches, notable among them was his four for 67 against India in the semi-final, which led to praises from India coach and one of the greatest batsmen Rahul Dravid.
Musa made his first-class debut for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited last year. Under an astute captain in Misbah-ul-Haq, Musa grabbed four wickets in the match (three for 39 and one for 74) against a formidable WAPDA.
His first wicket was former Pakistan captain Salman Butt.Misbah bhai encouraged me a lot and then Waqar Younis (director at Islamabad United) liked me and told me that I will be in Islamabad United team for the HBL PSL 4 and that pumped me up, recalls Musa.Musa is from a middle-class family, who has seen their first kid aiming it big in cricket.They just watch cricket and pray for me to become a big star for Pakistan.

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Richards desires to watch more matches in Pakistan

SHARJAH: Perhaps the biggest catch in the history of the HBL PSL tournament was by Quetta Gladiators, who brought West Indian great Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards as the motivator, says a PCB release.
Richards believes the fight Pakistan cricket has had to do since international cricket was suspended at home in 2009 will get over with more and more matches in the country and before the cricket-mad people.
What I think is quite encouraging is that I saw the West Indies women’s team toured Pakistan, said Richards of the West Indies’ Eves touring Karachi for a three T20I series against Pakistan women.Before that, the West Indies men’s team came (in March last year).
Some of the PSL matches were taken to Pakistan and, to me, that had more volume and the more I think that’s done, the better. I think it would be for Pakistan cricket.
Since March 2009, Pakistan have hosted Zimbabwe, an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies (men’s and women’s teams). The final of the PSL in March 2017 was played in Lahore, while three matches were held in 2018, including the final in Karachi.In the fourth edition, eight matches are scheduled for Pakistan.Richards, adored in the cricketing world in general and in Caribbean in particular for his bashing of the bowlers at will, feels there is no substitute of playing before your own people.
To be honest, no one wants to be playing in exile all their lives, said Richards referring to Pakistan playing at the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates.Every team wants to be playing in front of their home fans and getting the support from the home crowds and that, to me, is always essential.Richards reckons PSL is one of the top leagues, for its ability to throw more and more talented players every year.It’s been great, remarked Richards, who played 121 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals during his glorious career including two World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979.
To me it (PSL) is one of the most important T20 tournaments that is played and why I say this is that the players that come to play in this tournament are some of the best players in my opinion and that makes it one of the biggest events.Richards praised the fast bowling talent that comes to the fore from every edition of the PSL since its inception in 2016.Ever since my arrival here, I have seen the potential in terms of, not just basically the magnificent batsmen that the PSLs have produced, but what I know for sure, especially in the fast bowling department.Some of the fast bowlers could be loaned out to many teams around the world and that makes the PSL and good tournament, a talent producing factory.
This tournament is particularly good in finding some of these young talented players and that serves the purpose of a league.Richards singled out former Quetta spinner Hassan Khan as a player for the future.
There are so many young individuals but I could only speak for the young players who are from the Gladiators. Mohammad Nawaz is one.
Then Hassan Khan, I like his energy and especially when he hit the winning runs in one of the matches last year.He is not with us anymore but I always liked his attitude, his energy and particularly at this young age, said Richards of Hassan who is now playing for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 4.
When the master blaster of the past sits in the dug-out of the Gladiators, the players get induced to fight till the last ball, a trait the Antiguan great had in him to the core.Richards believes the fight Pakistan cricket has had to do since international cricket was suspended at home in 2009 will get over with more and more matches in the country and before the cricket-mad people.“What I think is quite encouraging is that I saw the West Indies women’s team toured Pakistan,” said Richards of the West Indies’ Eves touring Karachi for a three T20I series against Pakistan women.“Before that, the West Indies men’s team came (in March last year).
Some of the PSL matches were taken to Pakistan and, to me, that had more volume and the more I think that’s done, the better. I think it would be for Pakistan cricket.”Since March 2009, Pakistan have hosted Zimbabwe, an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies (men’s and women’s teams). The final of the PSL in March 2017 was played in Lahore, while three matches were held in 2018, including the final in Karachi.
In the fourth edition, eight matches are scheduled for Pakistan.Richards, adored in the cricketing world in general and in Caribbean in particular for his bashing of the bowlers at will, feels there is no substitute of playing before your own people.“To be honest, no one wants to be playing in exile all their lives,” said Richards referring to Pakistan playing at the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates.“Every team wants to be playing in front of their home fans and getting the support from the home crowds and that, to me, is always essential.”Richards reckons PSL is one of the top leagues, for its ability to throw more and more talented players every year.“It’s been great,” remarked Richards, who played 121 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals during his glorious career including two World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979.
“To me it (PSL) is one of the most important T20 tournaments that is played and why I say this is that the players that come to play in this tournament are some of the best players in my opinion and that makes it one of the biggest events.”Richards praised the fast bowling talent that comes to the fore from every edition of the PSL since its inception in 2016.“Ever since my arrival here, I have seen the potential in terms of, not just basically the magnificent batsmen that the PSLs have produced, but what I know for sure, especially in the fast bowling department.“Some of the fast bowlers could be loaned out to many teams around the world and that makes the PSL and good tournament, a talent producing factory.“This tournament is particularly good in finding some of these young talented players and that serves the purpose of a league.”Richards singled out former Quetta spinner Hassan Khan as a player for the future.“There are so many young individuals but I could only speak for the young players who are from the Gladiators. Mohammad Nawaz is one.
Then Hassan Khan, I like his energy and especially when he hit the winning runs in one of the matches last year.“He is not with us anymore but I always liked his attitude, his energy and particularly at this young age,” said Richards of Hassan who is now playing for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 4.

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