Saqib Mahmood catches the eye at PSL
Mahmood claimed 12 wickets at a tournament best average of 12 for Peshawar Zalmi
Lancashire and England quick Saqib Mahmood caught the eye - and finished as leading wicket-taker - in the curtailed 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The PSL was brought to a premature end last week due to COVID-19 outbreaks, however Mahmood's performances which saw him take 12 wickets in five games for Peshawar Zalmi have been attracting attention.
The 24-year-old struck at least twice in each match he played in, but his three for 12 in the penultimate game against Islamabad United was one of the standout performances of the entire tournament.
Mahmood removed in-form compatriots Alex Hales and Phil Salt - the latter bowled spectacularly - before returning to dismiss Mohammad Wasim to wrap up the Islamabad innings for 118.
His 12 wickets - taken at a tournament best average of just 12.08 - saw Zalmi riding high in second place before the sixth edition of the PSL was forced to conclude without a winner.
Mahmood returned to the UK this week to high praise from a great of the game - former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. In a tweet posted to his 3.6 million followers, the only man to ever exceed bowling speeds of 100mph, hailed Mahmood as a 'very good prospect for the future' and believes his performances 'must get noticed'.
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