Nawaz credits PSL for improved performances

Left-arm spinner claimed figures of one for 22 in Pakistan’s 48-run win against Scotland

Nawaz credits PSL for improved performances PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz has said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has played a great role in his development as a cricketer.

Nawaz claimed figures of one for 22 in the Men in Green’s 48-run win against Scotland in the first T20I of the two-match series on Tuesday.

While talking after the match, Nawaz credited PSL for his improved performances.

“PSL has played a major role in improving my confidence as a bowler because of the guidance from senior players including Kevin Pietersen,” said Nawaz.

The 24-year-old was happy with his performance in the first T20I against Scotland, after his frugal bowling spell limited the home side at Edinburgh.

“The pitch was not offering much help to the spinners which is why I had to be clever with the way I bowled which included varying my pace,” he said.

He added that he wants to become a genuine all-rounder. “I’m working on my batting because I want to be known as a proper all-rounder in international cricket and hopefully I will get there soon.”

Talking about captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s promotion in the batting order, Nawaz said that he seems a more confident player when he bats at number four.

“I think promoting Sarfraz Ahmed to number four in the batting order is good for him because he feels comfortable playing there,” he said.

Nawaz, who has represented the Green Caps in 12 T20Is, believes that the target of 205 runs was a daunting task for the home side despite their recent surge in form.

“We knew Scotland would come hard at us especially after their performance against England,” he said. “But we knew that it is not easy to chase a total in excess of 200, so we were confident that we will win after posting such a total on the board.”

Pakistan will face Scotland in the final match of the series on June 13 and Nawaz was hopeful that the Men in Green will end the tour on a high.

“We adapted well to the conditions here in Scotland which we should do as professionals and hopefully we will perform well in the next T20 as well,” he said.