PSL 2021 Final: Shoaib Akhtar backs Peshawar Zalmi to beat Multan Sultans in Pakistan Super League final – Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar threw his weight behind Wahab Riaz’s Peshawar Zalmi to beat Mohammad Rizwan’s Multan Sultans in the final of Pakistan Super League here at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Akhtar was speaking on his YouTube channel ahead of the final.
Akhtar said that Peshawar Zalmi has better batsman than Multan Sultans and which will be very crucial in the final.
“I would like to congratulate Peshawar Zalmi and I think they will be able to beat Multan Sultans. They might wipe the floor with them and if that happens then I think they can win their second PSL title. They can do it. I think this is the side to look out for because if they bat first, they will make around 200, they could even make 250. If they chase then they do it easily as well,” Akhtar said on his Youtube channel.
Akhtar praised the management of Peshawar Zalmi as they picked the right players ahead of the league.
“Smart and serious management will pick good players during the auction and will put pressure on them in a good way. Franchises are a business and you have to run it that way. The reason why I say this is because when you pay a player you demand certain things. You demand a particular type of cricket from your players. Once you have a cut-for-a-role type of player such as [Jonathan] Wells, who made a fifty and plays for Adelaide, he performed even though he is not a big hitter of the ball. He made his side runs. Peshawar Zalmi proved that they are by far the better team going into the qualifiers and the eliminators. Karachi Kings had also slipped from behind over Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators but could not capitalise on this chance. This was because they had not been playing good cricket from the start,” he concluded.
Riding on the back of Hazratullah Zazai blistering knock Peshawar Zalmi thrashed Islamabad United by eight wickets in Eliminator 2 to reach the final PSL 2021 while on the other hand, Sohail Tanvir’s three-wicket haul helped Multan Sultans’ beat Islamabad United in the qualifier.