South Africa’s champion cricketer, Ab de Villiers has agreed to visit Pakistan for the final stage of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which is to witness a total of 8 scheduled games in the beautiful cities of Lahore and Karachi.
This news comes as a massive boost not only for the Lahore Qalandars but for Pakistan cricket. The official confirmation has taken the cricketing world by storm as a cricket crazy nation like Pakistan which has been deprived of holding International cricket will be able to see the Pretoria born masterclass embellishing the glamour of Pakistan’s biggest T20 festival.
The retired wicket-keeper batsman possesses mind-boggling numbers in the shortest format of the game. Scoring almost 7000 runs in T20 cricket, ABD averages 35.18 by carrying a daunting strike-rate of 148.44.
The 34-year old cricketer is set to grace the Pakistan T20 gala with his presence for the first time where he’ll don the Lahore Qalandars jersey to help them ameliorate their PSL record. Former South African captain is all set to make his PSL debut on February 14 against the defending champions Islamabad United.
Sharing his feelings, the proven quality said, “I am fully aware that cricket is like a second religion in Pakistan. I still remember the support and appreciation we received in 2007. Furthermore, I feel I have a role to play in helping international cricket return to Pakistan. These have been some of the motivating factors for me to return to Lahore.”
“I look forward to revisiting the Gaddafi Stadium and aim to play my part in helping Lahore Qalandars achieve something they have been aspiring for since the inception of this tournament in 2016,” he further added.