I try to go for boundaries from the very first ball: Zaman

He will represent Lahore Qalandars in PSL 8

By Web Desk
February 04, 2023
Zaman played a key role in Qalandars’ successful PSL 7 campaign — PCB

Lahore Qalandars opener Fakhar Zaman has shed light on his batting strategy ahead of the eight edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The left-hander played a key role in Qalandars’ successful PSL 7 campaign. His 588 runs were the most for any batter and his impressive strike-rate of 152.72 was the best amongst the top five run-getters last year.

“As an opener, I try to exploit the opening six overs as there are gaps with two fielders outside the 30-yard circle. I try to go for boundaries from the very first ball and make the most of the good balls by rotating the strike,” Zaman was quoted as saying in a press release by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday.

“There are many factors that shape up an aggressive opener’s natural game, the mindset and the demand of the team. I think having an attacking mindset is of the utmost importance,” he added.

However, Zaman admitted that a change in approach is necessary when a team is chasing a modest target.

“The approach usually differs in the second innings as you are going after a target. If you are going after a small total, then you have time to adjust and the pressure is not that much. But, you have to attack in case you are chasing a big total,” he said.

The opening ceremony of PSL 8 will be held in Multan on February 13 prior to the tournament opener between 2021 winners Multan Sultans and defending champions Lahore Qalandars; meanwhile the closing ceremony and final will be played on March 19 in Lahore, which will also host play-offs.

Lahore Qalandars will attempt to become the first side to win back-to-back titles; meanwhile Islamabad United will aim to become the most successful side by lifting the trophy thrice.

Rawalpindi will stage 11 fixtures, Karachi and Lahore will host nine matches each, whereas Multan will have five home games.