Raees ready to shine in PSL four

Islamabad United pacer hasn’t played a competitive game for almost a year

Raees ready to shine in PSL four PHOTO COURTESY: TWITTER/ @PSL

Islamabad United medium-pacer Rumman Raees is keen to use the upcoming edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) as a launch pad for making comeback in the national side.

The left-armer sustained a serious knee injury while playing against Quetta Gladiators, during the third edition of PSL. He hasn’t played any competitive cricket since that injury, however he is feeling very excited to get back on to the cricket field during PSL season four.

“Obviously, I’m feeling great right now as I am making a comeback after almost a year,” the 27-year-old told Cricket Pakistan. “A bad phase of my career has just passed and I’m very excited to be part of PSL again. I’m quite excited. I hope to do well in the tournament and make comeback in the Pakistan team.”

He looked confident while talking about his future goals and playing the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

“Currently, I’m taking things step-by-step. First I’m focusing on the PSL and series after the tournament. It will set the path for me and I would be able to analyse where I stand. If all goes well then I’m surly looking forward for the World Cup,” he said.

Expressing his views about PSL franchise Islamabad United’s decision to name Mohammad Sami as captain, the Karachi-born said that he is an ideal option to lead the defending champions.

“I’m looking forward to playing under Sami bhai’s captaincy again. I’ve wonderful experience of playing under his leadership. He has a great record in domestic T20 as captain, where he led Karachi for almost eight years, and the team played the final seven times, “ he said. “I made my domestic one-day debut under his captaincy. He supports youngsters and he is a fighter himself and a champion cricketer.”

Meanwhile, sharing his thought on Sarfaraz Ahmed’s appointment as captain for World Cup, Raees said that it was a wise decision by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“That was a great decision,” he said. “As a captain, he [Sarfraz] performed really well and led the team magnificently. It is a great decision to name him the captain.”