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Saqib Mahmood reveals conversation with Shoaib Akhtar during PSL 6

England pacer was the highest wicket-taker in the suspended event

Saqib Mahmood reveals conversation with Shoaib Akhtar during PSL 6 PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

England pacer Saqib Mahmood has revealed that he received a phone call from former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six.

Mahmood claimed 12 wickets in five matches for Peshawar Zalmi before the event was suspended, in March, due to multiple Covid-19 cases.

While speaking in a YouTube video for Lancashire County Cricket Club, Mahmood was glad to receive recognition from Akhtar.

“He [Shoaib Akhtar] called me just before I flew out and just said that there is still a lot more to come from you so keep working hard and if we ever cross paths he will pass some pointers onto me. You know that was nice to hear something like that from someone like him, that’s little bit of recognition,” said Mahmood.

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He also shed light on his experience of playing PSL and staying in Pakistan.

“I enjoyed the experience because you get in with new players, new teammates, new coaches, where from the get go the eyes are on the overseas players so you have got to be on your game. I thrived on the pressure a little bit and I did well out there which was good form,” he said.

“In terms of facilities everything was good there but we didn’t get to see the country because of Covid so hopefully we will get to do that in the future,” he concluded.