South African left arm Tabraiz Shamsi felt people had a misconception that players enter franchise-based T20 leagues like the IPL out of a desire to earn money.
Shamsi, who has competed in T20 leagues like the Caribbean Premier League, where he represented the Patriots of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, said the experience and exposure of a young player playing in leagues around the world is unprecedented.
Like many other players, Tabraiz Shamsi has enjoyed playing in franchise leagues all over the world.
“Yes definitely. I was lucky enough to play in the Caribbean Premier League and it was after I went to CPL and did well that the South African national teams started taking me. seriously and giving me regular playing time and then I was picked for the national team after playing CPL and IPL, ”Tabraiz Shamsi told Cricket Pakistan.
Shamsi, who has represented the Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 27 appearances, said his performances in the T20 leagues not only helped him gain visibility and confidence, but also led the national selectors to take it into account.
“I find it really helped my game playing in CPL, IPL and English County Cricket. People see it as a matter of money and say that players enter these tournaments out of greed. Personally, of course, you earn some money, but what is most important are the things you learn from people who are not really in your circle, ”added Shamsi.
He also added that sharing the dressing room with cricketers from different countries and just observing the way they do things has accelerated his growth as a spinner.
“So you hear different conversations from Caribbean or Indian players and you learn about the different ways people think about the game and train. You take the little things like that and I think it has certainly accelerated my growth as a spin-bowler, ”he added.
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