Pakistan’s white-ball coach Gary Kirsten sheds light on following PSL

He also lauded the Pakistan team

By Web Desk
April 29, 2024
Gary Kirsten. - AFP

Pakistan’s newly-appointed head coach in white-ball cricket, Gary Kirsten, has opened up about following Pakistan Super League (PSL).

While speaking in a podcast released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Kirsten said that PSL was something that he has watched closely in the recent past.

“Not [following Pakistan cricket] very closely until I was offered the opportunity, to be honest with you. I mean, obviously, I watched a lot of the World Cup last year. I’ve watched bits and pieces of short format cricket and then I watched Pakistan Super League, which is really at a great time in South Africa. It’s in the evening, so we can kind of come back from a working day and switch on the TV and there’s PSL. So, I’m familiar with all the players pretty much just watching them through the various tournaments,” said Kirsten.

He also lauded the Pakistan team but is eager to turn the players into better cricketers.

“I think the view on Pakistan cricket hasn’t shifted for a long time. There is always an expectation that it should be a high performing team all the time. We know in team sports, that’s not always the case. It’s always wonderful from a coaching perspective when you can help them (players) unlock the real potential. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m really looking forward to working with those individual players and the team and assisting them that way,” he said.

“If you’re a cricket lover internationally, you are very familiar with the Pakistan players because they’re all over the place and it’s great watching them play cricket,” he added.

He was also looking forward to coaching the Pakistan team, which he considers to be among the top sides in the world.

“It’s a wonderful privilege to be offered the opportunity to coach the Pakistan men’s national team in white-ball cricket, and also to be involved in international cricket again, which I haven’t been for a while. That’s a huge honor to be in the international game. So, I’m looking forward to the opportunity and hopefully can add some value to the Pakistan men’s national team in limited overs cricket,” he said.

“I think Pakistan sits as one of the top four to five coaching jobs in the world internationally. The proposition to work with some of the best cricketers in the world was appealing to me. What is important is that I have the opportunity to work with some of the best cricketers in the world and that excites me,” he added.