Chris Green hopes this year’s Pakistan Super League will be a case of third tournament lucky
The Australian allrounder returns to the competition in 2019 after two consecutive seasons without a game, very much aiming to prove a point with Multan Sultans.
Green comes into the campaign off the back of a fine Big Bash in which he impressed with both bat and ball – recording an economy rate of 6.89 and a batting average of 43.00 respectively – and he is ready to show just how good he is in the testing environment of the PSL.
To do that, though, he needs to get on the pitch. And despite having been on the books of both Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars in the previous two campaigns, that is something he has not yet managed.
Is it now time for that record to change?
“I’m really excited to be back,” Green said at the Sultans training camp in Dubai prior their opening game against Karachi Kings on Friday.
“With Qais Ahmad, our only other overseas spinner, pulling out it gives me a good opportunity to do so.
“I’m looking forward to keeping it simple and making my playing debut as and when it arises.”
Green, at 25, has experienced most of his senior career in the T20 arena, and has been involved in competitions around the world.
Last year, he was drafted in by Guyana Amazon Warriors as cover for Cameron Delport, while he travelled to Lahore with the Gladiators and was a regular feature in Sydney Thunder colours all in the space of the past 12 months.
But time in the PSL is not all about the cricket for Green.
“Something I’ve enjoyed these past two seasons is getting to know some really good friends and catching up with old team-mates is something too, not just from an overseas level but from a local level as well,” he said.
“One of my good friends from Australia is Fawad Ahmed, who is Pakistani, and I’m a big lover of Pakistani and Afghan food. I’m immersing myself in the culture and having a lot of fun on and off the field. It’s important in these tournaments to have a balance rather than going crazy and staring at four walls and only thinking about cricket.”
The UAE wickets on which Multan will play the majority of their games – three in Dubai, two in Sharjah and one in Abu Dhabi – should play into Green’s offspinning hands, but he insists there is more to it.
“Sharjah presents different wickets,” he said. “Sometimes they slide on and there are small boundaries so it’s pretty tough for spinners and then sometimes it’s pretty conducive to spin and will grip and hold on the wicket. Dubai is pretty much the same.
“The beauty of training with these guys is seeing how they play spin, how they play pace on different wickets and against different bowlers.
“The first year, playing second spinner to (Sunil) Narine at Lahore and they also had some good local spinners like Yasir Shah, I learned an awful amount. Those two guys have dominated and continue to dominate world cricket so just observing them and spending time working on a one-on-one or two-on-one basis in a net was really good for my game.”
Multan, then, stand in a position to benefit from their rivals’ squads of old.
“It’s made me learn more than I thought I would,” Green says of his lack of first-team opportunities at Lahore and Quetta.
“Yes it’s frustrating at times – last year in particular where I was closer to playing a few games and was left hanging a little bit – but I couldn’t be more thankful for the chances I got at both franchises and the experience I took away for my game moving forward.
“It’s put me in a good place.”