Source - indiatimes.com
Former captain Rameez Raja rued Pakistani cricketers in the IPL have not lived up to the expectations even though he believes the IPL exposure would make them more responsible and better equipped to handle pressure situations.
Rameez, who is working as a commentator and expert in the IPL, said that the inconsistent performances of the Pakistani players were an indication where they stood in the company of international players.
"The biggest disappointment for me has been the fact that our players have not been able to perform consistently. We have had good performances here and there but not enough," he said.
"The fact that our captain, Shoaib Malik has had to sit on the bench would also have him thinking as to the position our players need to occupy in international cricket," Rameez said.
A dozen Pakistani players have been signed up by different teams in the IPL but so far only left arm pacer, Sohail Tanvir has stood out with some good bowling performances for the Rajasthan Royals team, winning praise from his captain Shane Warne.
Opener Salman Butt has also produced a few good innings for Kolkata Knight Riders team but has not been consistent enough. Notable performers for Pakistan like Mohammad Asif, Malik, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul have all been made to sit on the bench by their teams while Younis Khan joined the Rajasthan Royals late and is yet to play.
Rameez said the experience of sharing the dressing room with leading players of the world and interacting with them would be a learning curve for Pakistani players. "I think they can benefit from this experience. Because it is not everyday you get a chance to interact with the best players of the world," he said.
Rameez also felt that Twenty20 cricket and the high pressure matches of the IPL would eventually produce some intelligent cricketers. "Twenty20 cricket is here to stay and what we have seen so far in the tournament has been that players individually have had to take responsibility.
There is little time to react or plan and one has to think and be intelligent enough to cope with the given situations. You don't hear much about the coach or captain in this form of the game," he said.
Rameez maintained that Twenty20 was the ideal future package and advertisement for cricket as people were also getting bored with One-Day Internationals as things tended to slow down in the middle overs.
"In Twenty20, even if you don't have a close match the action is fast and furious and people get entertained. And cricket is all about entertaining people at the end of the day," he added.