AB de Villiers, the South African legend, has confirmed his participation in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League.
De Villiers, who retired not so long ago from all forms of international cricket, has played in 114 Test matches, 228 one-day internationals and 78 T20 international matches for the Proteas. With more than 20,000 international runs to his name and an average of over 50 in both Tests and ODIs De Villiers is, inarguably, one of the greatest modern-day cricketers to have played the game.
De Villiers has been an integral part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and also played for Barbados Tridents in the CPL.
He was also announced as the non-playing global ambassador for the upcoming UAE T20x - a franchise T20 league in the United Arab Emirates.
“Pakistan Super League has grown into one of the top T20 tournaments in the world and I’ve really enjoyed watching PSL matches in recent years,” said de Villiers in a video message announcing his signing with PSL.
A supremely athletic fielder and a batsman who can play shots in all possible directions, de Villiers will be one of the star attractions at this year’s PSL player draft.
Lahore Qalandars are the front-runners to sign De Villiers having the first pick in the player draft due to finishing last in the previous season.
The former South African captain also thanked Pakistani cricket fans for their support.
“PSL is a league that has given Pakistan so much to cheer about and I look forward to being on the field once again,” added de Villiers.
Ehsan Mani, Chairman PCB, welcomed AB de Villiers to PSL. “We are delighted with the signing of de Villiers for Pakistan Super League,” said Mani. “He is a modern-day great and he will add immense value to the tournament. His involvement in PSL will also provide great learning opportunities for our youngsters.”