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Former Australian and West Indian cricketers feel there’s a lack of batting talent in PSL

Former Australian International Tom moody and West Indies’ cricketer-turned-commentator Ian Bishop have opened up about the lack of quality batting in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Multiple overseas cricketers have often praised the quality of bowling available in the PSL. However, it’s the shortage of power-hitters within Pakistan’s youth ranks which often comes into question.

While speaking in The Pitch Side Experts Podcast, Bishop said that he feels the over-reliance on foreign batsmen by PSL franchises might hamper the development of young local talent.

“We saw a very good young player in Haider Ali opening the batting in the Under 19 World Cup and then having a really good PSL. How and where does Pakistan develop their young batting talent if they get so many overseas batsmen to fill the batting weakness in PSL? They have to,” said Bishop.

Meanwhile, Moody believes Pakistan needs to make deeper analysis of their current domestic structure in order to produce quality batsmen.

“They have to develop the young batsmen outside that franchise model. The domestic structure around the PSL is vital to their acceleration,” said Moody.

“I am sure Pakistan has recognised that there is a slight dip in the depth of their batting. You have to ask the questions. Is it the surfaces they are playing on or is there a lack of coaching and guidance around the technical side of batsman ship which is missing? There is got to be a reason because Pakistan have had some really fine batsmen historically,” he added.

The former Aussie coach went on to say that the value of tournaments like PSL cannot be overlooked, as such high-magnitude tournaments provide chances to emerging players to share space with the world’s best.

“A young talented batsman may not be in the starting eleven but sharing the dressing room with the likes of AB de Villiers or Jos Buttler will be a great learning experience. That’s the advantage of these high-profile tournaments. You are not just learning on the field under pressure, but you are also learning in the dressing room environment and training sessions.” he concluded.

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