As the eighth edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League continues to grip the imagination of the entire nation, the Pakistan Cricket Board has released a special edition of the PCB Podcast, which is available here all update. Babar, Sarfaraz and Shaheen appear in special edition of PCB Podcast
The 43rd edition of the PCB Podcast features Peshawar Zalmi’s new captain Babar Azam, Quetta Gladiators skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shaheen Afridi, who led Lahore Qlaandars to their maiden title last year. The three champion cricketers reflect on the previous events and preview the tournament that will be held in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi from 13 February to 19 March.
New problems arise every year as players who share the Pakistani locker room throughout the year become rivals.
“This edition of the HBL PSL, a new franchise and a new season, has a special meaning for me and I am looking forward to a good start on this journey.
“Sharing a locker room with other players during one season with Islamabad United and six seasons with Karachi Kings has helped me a lot. You learn a lot by interacting with other players, learning about their mindset, training regimen, and how to deal with different situations.
“Winning a century in the HBL PSL is a dream for me because I already have two T20I centuries and a few more centuries in other leagues.2021 champions Multan Sultans will take on defending champion Lahore Qalandars in their opening match on February 13, while Peshawar Zalmi travel to Karachi where they will face the Karachi Kings on February 14. 2021 Multan Sultans will take on defending champion Lahore Qalandars in their opening match on February 13, while Peshawar Zalmi travel to Karachi where they will face the Karachi Kings on February 14. Babar Azam, the highest number of runs (2,413) in tournament history: “Every HBL PSL version is extremely exciting for me because of its competitive nature.
Sarfaraz, who is the only player to captain his franchise in all the seasons.It has provided exposure to our players and they have learned how to handle the camera and crowd pressure, which is very important to grow as an international cricketer.
“Since it (HBL PSL) is a big brand, everyone follows it, and top players from all over the world are involved, everyone takes note of those cricketers who perform.
“The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy winners are comprised of players who have proven themselves in the HBL PSL. Be it Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan or Rumman Raees, these guys have performed well in domestic cricket and were selected by the PSL franchise. Impressive performances in the HBL PSL earned him a place in the national team.
“Therefore, the league’s contribution to the development of domestic cricket is enormous.”
The fortunes of the Lahore qalandars changed dramatically with the change in leadership. Qalandars, the only franchise not to have won the HBL PSL title, won their first title by defeating Multan Sultans in front of a packed crowd at their home stadium, Gaddafi Stadium, fronted by star speedster Shaheen Afridi.
Shaheen, who took 70 wickets at 20.77 (third in tournament history): “As captain, I think not only of the people on the pitch, but also of the people sitting on the bench. You must have every player on your team, and treat every player equally as if they were the winners of the match, regardless of seniority. “The most important aspect of leadership is dealing with pressure. You have to handle the pressure and make good decisions. Because if I let the pressure get the best of me, the team breaks down. It’s also important for me to get ahead and excel every time I go out on the field because I motivate my players to succeed.”
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