Rashid Khan, the ICC T20 player of the decade, is set for his first PSL campaign with Lahore Qalandars this year.
The 22-year-old bowler arrived in Karachi on Monday to join Lahore Qalandars ahead of the 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL) and shared his thoughts on the league, the future of Afghanistan Cricket, Babar Azam and the title of player of the decade in an exclusive interview with Geo Super.
The leggie from Afghanistan said he was looking forward to his first leg in the Pakistan Super League and that he has set his sights on helping his Lahore Qalandars team do well in the tournament.
“With players like Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hafeez and Shaheen Shah Afridi, Qalandars seems like a very strong team. We will enter the court with a positive mindset to do our best and provide quality entertainment to our fans, ”he said.
“I have received a lot of love from Qalandars fans since I was drafted. I am so excited to be here. I will try to produce the results that LQ fans want from me. I hope that once COVID-19 is over I can have the opportunity to meet the fans as well, “said the cricketer from Afghanistan.
Rashid said that he has always followed PSL and also listened to the players about his standards. He ranked PSL among the top three leagues along with the IPL and the Big Bash League.
He said that according to history, the league has always been good for spinners, but regardless of the conditions available in Pakistan, his main goal is to do well for his team.
“I know there are better hitters playing in the league, but I have the advantage that I have the experience of bowling against them at various levels and I know their strengths and weaknesses. So I’ll try to use that experience when I play against them at PSL, ”he said.
“But, I can’t be accommodating to anyone in the T20 format. My goal at PSL is to bowl as economically as possible. I’m not looking at any personal glory or statistics and my goal is to do what my team wants me to do. I know that if I play with good economy, the lands will automatically come my way. I always try to do well for my team and that is what I will aim for when I go out on the field. ”
He also praised the Lahore Qalandars player development program, saying that when a young man has the opportunity to share a dressing room with the best players in the world, he learns a lot about what it takes to be there.
“These leagues are very beneficial for young people. Pakistan has very good talent and PSL is an opportunity to grow. I would suggest to all the young people of PSL that they consider their time as invaluable and valuable and that they learn as much as they can while sharing the locker room with the best cricketers, “said Rashid.
Rashid further said that he followed the T20 series of Pakistan vs South Africa that was played in Lahore and that he wanted to get similar support from the Gaddafi field when he is there for PSL matches in the second week of March.
He also praised Pakistani rookie Zahid Mehmood for showing quality in his bowling.
“I was following the T20 series and saw that the wicket was spinning well when Tabraiz or Usman Qadir were bowling. There can be nothing better than getting a similar wicket, but whatever the conditions, I will try to do my best without thinking too much about the conditions, “he said.
Answering a question, the best ICC T20I bowler praised Babar Azam and ranked him among the top five batsmen in the world.