“HE would definitely be one of the first names on my team-sheet if I was a coach in franchise cricket”.

So said Yorkshire bowling coach of Adam Lyth, who made his Pakistan Super League debut for Multan Sultans over the weekend.

More often thought of as an opening batsman, Lyth’s off-spin is “under-rated”, the coach added.

Despite returning stronger four-day performances in the earlier stages of his career, he has been a more consistent white ball player over the past two or three years.

“It has been frustrating for him in first-class cricket, but look around the country and there’s not many batters who are consistent in all formats at once,” said Pyrah.

“Maybe towards the end of their careers they are.

“Lythy is one of those players who has taken that bit longer to work things out, but he’s definitely got there now.

“Red ball cricket, he came in at early to mid-twenties.

"Similar in Test cricket, he went in to that a bit later.

"But I honestly think if he went back into that format he would do well.

“England are looking to build limited-overs teams for the next 10-15 years, the likes of Tom Banton coming in. Dawid’s (Malan) not even in the one-day squad.

“They are bringing youth in to develop another team of this stature.

"So Lythy may struggle to break into that.

“That’s why I believe he would be so valuable to teams on the T20 circuit.

"Someone who is clearly of that class but isn’t involved will be available for all the Big Bash, all of the IPL at this time of year.

"I see it as a complete no brainer.

“He would definitely be one of the first names on my team-sheet if I was a coach in franchise cricket.”

Over the weekend, Multan Sultans lost to Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalanders.

Against the former, Lyth scored nine and took 0-4 off one over, while against Lahore, he struck a 29-ball 50 and took 1-22 off two overs.

On his bowling qualities, Pyrah said: “His off-spin is very under-rated.

"He thinks as a batter with the ball in hand, which puts him one step ahead.

“He’s started to bowl more and more, and he’s been bowling some important overs for us at all stages of the innings.

"As a spinner, he also gets his yorkers in pretty consistently.

"There aren’t many who do that.”