Pakistan's former fast bowler Yasir Arafat has expressed his excitement over the emergence of youngsters for the Pakistan international team, after the conclusion of third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“We recently saw three very impressive youngsters make their debuts for the Pakistan T20I side. To me, the inclusion of Hussain Talat, Asif Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi in the Pakistan side is a testament to the success of the PSL in improving our bench strength," said Arafat, quoted PakPassion.
The former pace man was of the view that Shaheen Shah Afridi would not have made into the international squad, so early on, despite strong showings at the Under 19 World Cup, if the lanky fast bowler have not performed the way he did at the PSL.
Speaking about the emerging batsmen from this edition of PSL, Arafat opined that batsman like Asif Ali, who grabbed the PSL title for Islamabad United after hitting three back to back sixes of Hasan Ali, should be given more chances in the future.
“I am convinced that he [Asif] is a very attacking and effective player as we have seen…. I am hopeful that the selectors will give him more chances in the future based upon his PSL performances," said Arafat.
Talking about Hussain Talat, who impressed most with both bat and bowl at PSL, drew praise from Arafat Araft who called him ‘excellent' in all departments of the game.
“Talat had an excellent series against the West Indies and in my view, should have been named the player of the series. To me, Talat is a prime example of what is good about the current Pakistan limited-overs team, in that he is excellent in all three departments of the game.