Lewis setting his sights on PSL success

It was announced recently that Lewis Gregory has been selected to play for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.

He will be lining up in the tournament against Somerset teammates Tom Abell and Tom Banton, who were also selected in the draft.

We spoke to him earlier today to get his reaction to being picked up in the tournament again.

“It’s really good news for me and also for Bants and Abes,” he said. “I had a really good experience over in Pakistan last year. The skill level in the competition is really high, so I’ll have to be at my best if I want to do well.

“The PSL attracts some of the biggest names in the game and there’s a big English contingent involved as well and I’m really looking forward to getting involved.”

Lewis believes that playing in tournaments like this will benefit both him and Somerset.

“The more experience that you get in different conditions, competitions and environments can only aid your cricket,” he said. “Playing around the world and working with the best players in the world can only be of benefit. I’ve learnt so much about my game in the last couple of years and hopefully I can bring that back to Somerset this summer.”

How pleased was he to see his teammates selected for the tournament?

“Obviously, Bants has got quite a big presence in Pakistan already because of the relationship he’s had with Babar Azam at the top of our order in the last couple of years, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing him involved in the PSL this year. I was over the moon to see Tom Abell get selected and he’ll be a brilliant addition to the competition. He does fantastically for us at Somerset, so it would be great to see him go out there in the PSL and show the world what he can do.”

Lewis is no stranger to limited overs cricket around the world. He is currently in Australia playing in the BBL for Brisbane Heat. We asked him how he was getting on Down Under.

“It’s gone okay so far,” he explained. “The catch the other night was quite a nice one, but it was one of those where I closed my eyes and luckily it went in the middle! The standard of the competition has been outstanding so far and it’s been really nice to be able to play in front of crowds again. That was the one thing that was really missing this summer. Crowds have a massive impact on performance and we’ve really missed them this year.

“I’ve managed to contribute in some of the games, but I would have liked to have had a few more standout performances. Having said that, it’s been great fun so far.”

Lewis concluded our chat with a message for the Somerset faithful.

“I’d like to thank them for everything they’ve done for the Club over the last nine months and I really hope that we can see everyone back in the Ground during the summer. Hopefully, we can give them something to cheer about by being a winning team.”

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