PSL 2022: Lahore Qalandars surprises Tim David's selection in the platinum category
LAHORE: Atif Rana, CEO of Lahore Qalandars, was surprised by the Multan Sultan's decision to select Singaporean cricketer Tim David in the platinum category.
The selection was made by the franchise in the recent PSL player draft a few days ago.
David was in the Diamond category for PSL 2022, but the Multan Sultans selected him for the Platinum category with the wild card option.
Commenting on the development, Lahore Qalandars CEO Atif Rana said this surprised the team, adding that the rest of the draft went as expected.
"Tim David was not expected to be selected by another franchise but we are happy for him. He was our pick in the PSL 6 second leg and now he's playing for a different franchise," he added.
Rana said not only domestic but also foreign players have evolved from the Lahore Qalandars platform. As some of them he mentioned the names of the cricketers Cameron Delport, Tom Benton and Phil Salt.
"Phil Salt played with the Lahore Qalandars development team and then traveled to Australia with them. Aqib Javed and Sameen Rana look for talent year-round and keep checking which player has the talent," he said.
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Atif Rana said that cricket, which was suspended due to COVID-19, has resumed and that players' international engagement has increased so that some players are also available for the league.
"For big names, they play PSL. Both Rashid Khan and Babar Azam are top T20 cricketers," he said.
He said the problem of the window for the PSL had arisen at that particular time due to the Australian team's tour to Pakistan.
"Besides that, the biggest problem is that we don't reach international players. To reach big names, we need a high-profile person who can connect with other boards for these players."
Rana said: "We need to talk about player exchanges. Swap big players from Australia and England with players like Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi and Fakhar Zaman," he added.