Young Pakistan left-arm spinner Hassan Khan wants equal importance to be given to first-class cricket in the country as the much-hyped Pakistan Super League in order to encourage young players who consider this format more important for them.
Hassan Khan, the 21-year-old left-arm orthodox bowler from Karachi, first got into limelight when he helped Quetta Gladiators win a few games single-handedly during PSL 2018. Later, he was picked by Lahore Qalandars in the PSL 2019 edition.
Hassan is of the view that being part of the first-class games is more important for players compared to playing in the PSL.
“It is not true that we don’t give importance to four-day cricket. The perception that youngsters are more interested in PSL or T20s is not correct,” he said.
“Usually PSL has all-international audience and that’s why the performance there is noticed. I think it is important that we give equal hype to first-class matches and lionize red-ball performances to encourage youngsters,” he added.
The youngster, who’s been knocking at the doors of Pakistan national team for some time now, further added that he always considers first-class cricket performances more important for him.
“First class cricket is the stage where a player’s quality is judged and that’s why you can’t take this for granted,” the youngster said.
Hassan is currently playing his 8th first-class game for Sindh in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and they are up against the Southern Punjab side. In his last 7 matches, Hassan managed to pick 16 wickets while scoring 118 runs with the bat too. In PSL, he has played for Quetta Gladiators as well as Lahore Qalandars in the previous editions. Besides, the youngster has also represented the Edmonton Royals in the Global T20 league in Canada. He’s been the part of Pakistan U-19 team lately as well. However, Hassan dreams of representing Pakistan national side in Test cricket and he looks forward to it.