“The perception that youngsters are more interested in PSL or T20s is not correct”, says Hassan
Hassan Khan, a very prominent name from PSLs’ franchises Quetta Gladiators in 2018 and then Lahore Qalandars in 2019, has presented his perception about giving equal importance to first-class cricket as T20s and PSL are given. According to the youngster, first class matches should be as hyped as PSL is, to encourage those youngsters who are dominating first-class cricket.
Hassan got a public eye after the match winning performance in PSL 2018 for Quetta Gladiators. However, he was picked by Qalandars for 4th edition of the tournament.
“Usually PSL has all-international audience and that’s why the performance there is noticed. I think it is important that we shall give equal hype to first-class matches and lionize red-ball performances to encourage youngsters”, he said.
Hasan, to whom opportunities are knocking the door for appearance in national team is also dreaming to play Test Cricket for Pakistan. Hassan is playing his eighth first-class match for Sindh against Southern Punjab in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. In the past seven, he took 16 wickets and scored 118 runs. He has likewise spoken to Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars in PSL, just as Edmonton Royals in Canada Global T20 League. He has additionally been a part of the Pakistan U19 group.
The youngster has emphasised upon importance of first-class cricket and said it is not like all youngsters prioritized PSL and T20s. We want first class cricket to get equal importance.
“First class cricket is the stage where the players’ quality is judged and that is why you can’t take this for granted, he added.