Shahid Afridi: IPL turned around Indian cricket

Shahid Afridi said the Indian Premier League has helped India's budding cricketers to cope better with the pressures of international cricket.

Shahid Afridi of Multan Sultans celebrates after taking a wicket in a PSL match in Lahore.   -  AFP Photo

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has credited the success of Indian cricket to the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying it has helped the country’s budding cricketers to cope better with the pressures of international cricket.

“I think the IPL turned around Indian cricket. Their new players after having played in the IPL with top foreign players and having shared the dressing room make them ready for international cricket. They are ready to cope with the pressures at this level,” the former skipper said.

“I think the IPL changed their cricket and I think our Pakistan Super League will do the same. Already we are seeing some good young players coming through the league. When you play with or against top international players before big crowds you learn to handle the pressure.”

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Afridi, however, did caution that the selectors should first give young players some exposure in domestic cricket before bringing them forward.

 

The flamboyant leg-spinner and hard-hitting batsman said he would continue to play in leagues until he is fit and able to perform.

“It is not just about your name in T20 cricket. It is about being on the field and being able to perform for your team,” he added.

Afridi also believes that bilateral cricket relations with India will not resume any time soon.

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