PSL to help prepare for home series against Pakistan: Shimron Hetmyer

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Multan Sultans’ West Indian young left-handed batsman Shimron Hetmyer has said that the PSL Abu Dhabi leg will also help him prepare for his national team’s home series against Pakistan in near future by seeing and reading Pakistan’s bowling stuff.

“Really it will help,” Shimron told a virtual news conference in lead up to the PSL-6 which is set to resume at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from June 9.

“I am looking forward to see and read Pakistan’s bowlers in particular and see at which pace they bowl and what they do. During home series I will have an idea how fast the bowlers are and and it will help prepare well,” said Shimron, the youngest batsman to have scored a century in the Carribean Premier League (CPL) in 2018 season.

Pakistan, during their July-August tour to the West Indies, will play five T20Is and two tests with the first T20I to be held on July 27 at Kensington Oval, Barbados.

Shimron is more excited to go out and look what PSL, in fact, is and what is its strength.

“I am more anxious and excited to go out and see how it goes and to see the feelings around the PSL and will try to enjoy whatever is left in the PSL. Hopefully I will try to show prowess out there in the middle and leave an impact,’ Shimron said.

Shimron was yet to use his bat since arriving in the UAE as he ended his quarantine Saturday night.

“So far I have done nothing. I got out of the quarantine last night and have not yet got the chance to really hit the ground. We have a practice session this evening so I really plan to go out there and enjoy. I will try my level best to play good cricket and let’s see how much we can help Multan,” Shimron added.

When asked would it be good feelings or a pressure for him as experts rate the West Indies as one of the hot favourites for the T20 World Cup which the UAE is expected to host, Shimron said, “Its little bit of both.”

“For us we really enjoy playing T20 cricket. As is my preparation I will do as much as I can and I will do my best in terms of how I negotiate the ball,” Shimron added.

Shimron has played 16 Tests, 45 ODIs and 27 T20I for the West Indies.

Shimron feels that the UAE tracks help both bowlers and batsmen.

“Last year I was hear for the IPL. It was good for batting and bowling. Its nice it may help both fast bowlers and batsmen. Its really a nice challenge,” Shimron conceded.

Shimron said that a few years ago he wanted to play PSL but could not do so due to national duty. “I am happy to be here for the remaining matches. I had heard from my friends about it,” Shimron said.

“Its been good that I am here and spoke to some guys. I have not yet checked my team and I am very much excited to go out and see the faces and names. So far I have seen three guys. I have played with Sohail Tanvir. I saw Rizwan earlier. These are the sorts of persons I am looking forward to play with. I have played with most of the Carribean cricketers and I am just looking forward to see the other groups,” he said.