PSL 2023: Abdullah Shafique Says Format Shouldn’t Define Play

Abdullah Shafique, Lahore Qalandars’ top-order batsman, thinks it’s wrong to link players with one format.

Abdullah Shafique, a top-order batsman for the Lahore Qalandars, believes that it is wrong to link any player to a specific format.

The batter told a news reporter that a player only needs to make minor tweaks in accordance with the rules and that the fundamentals of cricket do not alter with the format during Qalandars’ practise session at Islamabad Club.

“No matter the format, your fundamentals are the same. Saying that a particular player is best suited for only one format is not appropriate. It’s crucial that we can see when a player is working hard and making an effort, the player stated.

You need to have a higher strike rate in T20s, and I believe I am doing that well. The top-order batter declared, “I’m not doing this to please anyone else; I’m doing it for my own enjoyment.

The 23-year-old, who is frequently referred to as a red-ball specialist, has played 12 Test matches for Pakistan and has scored 992 runs at an average of 47.23.

Although he has participated in three T20Is and one ODI, he has not received enough playing time for the national squad in white-ball cricket.

Abdullah scored scores of 75, 45, 15, and 48 while competing for Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023.

We were the first team to qualify for the playoff stage, which is a nice feeling, so I’m happy with my performance and even happier that my team is winning, he said.

Shaheen has done a fantastic job leading the squad; he keeps everyone working well together and inspired even when someone is unable to perform, Abdullah added.

In each game and training session, Abdullah claimed that he makes an effort to learn something new and that he strives to adopt strategies that would enable him to do so in the future.

He claimed that he is looking for advice from both the flamboyant batsmen Sam Billings and Fakhar Zaman.

The player stated, “I aim to play in accordance with my team’s needs and contribute more and more to the team’s success.

The top-order batsman remarked, “We have the momentum and we will attempt to continue this into the remaining matches as well.

Abdullah claimed that sharing a dressing room with elite bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Rashid Khan is a blessing for him.

“While as a professional you have to be ready to face any bowler, any batter in the world would prefer to avoid facing such bowlers, I am glad that I do not have to compete against them but I would add that facing them in net sessions prepare me well to face any bowling attack,” Abdullah said in his closing statement.

Written by Muhammad Qasim