Flower: PSL good ‘launching pad’ for youngsters


Former England coach Andy Flower feels the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will benefit the national side just as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped unearth younger players for India.

Flower, who played 63 tests and 213 one-day for Zimbabwe and coached England to two Ashes victories, has joined Peshawar as their mentor for the ongoing T20 tournament.

The competition has attracted big international names such as Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson to blend in with the local players.

Flower said: "I think this tournament will be very good for Pakistan's youngsters in the way the IPL is being very good for Indian cricket."

"I think there are five excellent sides and we should have brilliant cricket over the next couple of weeks and we have seen skilful performance and there is a lot of talent.

"I think it's an interesting initiative by PCB and its important for Pakistan cricket and that it is a success. It has started successfully.

"The PSL is absolutely a launching pad for Pakistan youngsters, some of the benefits they get by mixing with overseas players and gain from their experience and they also get confidence by sharing the same nets and dressing room."