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PSL can become a major tournament - Grant Elliott

PSL can become a major tournament - Grant Elliott
Grant Elliott reckons that the newly announced Pakistan Super League has the potential to become a major Twenty20 tournament in the annual cricketing calendar.
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New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott reckons that the newly announced Pakistan Super League (PSL) has the potential to become a major Twenty20 tournament in the annual cricketing calendar.

Elliott, who was a key player for New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup, was recently given permission by New Zealand Cricket to take part in the PSL, which will be player between 4th and 24th February. 

Revealing that he put his name forward for the tournament, Elliott feels that it is the right place for him to prepare for the 2016 World T20. 

“Yes, I have put forward my name for this tournament," Elliott said in an exclusive interview to PakPassion.net.

“In terms of timing, that is the period in which there is four day cricket being played in New Zealand and it will be a good time for me to get away and play some Twenty20 cricket with the lead up to the World T20 which is a top competition, held in high regard by players and is very exciting as well.” 

The PSL is currently scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates in conditions which will be similar to the subcontinent pitches in India and Pakistan.

Elliott is of the view that by playing in the PSL, players can gain the experience of playing amongst the best in the world in different conditions, and become better international players.

“Given the time of the year, it definitely can become a major tournament in its own right.

“The players who become involved will dictate that as will how well it is organized.

“All the signs are there that this will be a very successful tournament.

“Also from the sub-continent crowd’s point of view and for people who follow the game, this is a popular format.

“They absolutely love the game and it’s almost like religion to them.

“I really feel that any tournament in the sub-continent of this nature will always be a big success.” 

Having played 78 One-Day Internationals, Elliott has 1863 runs at an average of 35.15 including two hundreds and 10 fifties under his belt.

The 36-year-old has also played over 200 List-A games, 75 T20 games and 83 first-class games in his career.

Not only is Elliott looking forward to learn from the experience of playing in the PSL, he is eager to motivate the youngsters, who will take part in the league.

“Given my age, I believe this will be a great opportunity for me to share my experience around the globe.

“I am at a stage of my career where I can easily spark interest in a young Pakistan player so that he comes out and plays in New Zealand.

“This has become quite common now where you see lots of cricketers moving around the world, experiencing different countries and cultures and also learning from each other.

“So this learning can be good for the young players and not only help Pakistan players but also be of benefit to New Zealand with the learning that I can take back.”

New Zealand's next big assignment in international cricket is their tour of Australia in November where they play three Test matches including a day-night game.

Elliott is confident that the Blackcaps will be able to do well against Australia as their trans-Tasman rivals are currently undergoing a period of transition with the retirement of seniors.

“Not so much now, but the Test cricketers will go to Australia in about two months for what is a big series for New Zealand.

“With a changed Australian team in place, this could be a great opportunity for New Zealand to win a couple of Test matches there.”

Elliott is also looking forward for the home ODI series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan as his focus is currently on playing limited overs cricket.

“We have a few ODI series and Test matches against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia.

“My focus is primarily on white ball cricket in terms of ODIs and T20Is so yes we have a busy schedule ahead of us.” 

Apart from Elliott, Jesse Ryder, James Franklin, Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Dwayne Bravo and Kevin Pietersen are few of the international stars, who are slated to take part in the inaugural edition of the PSL.

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