Renowned cricket star and former South African captain AB de Villiers’ decision to play Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Lahore has not only delighted the national cricket fans but has also attracted praises from his international colleagues.
Earlier on Monday, South African star had confirmed his availability for PSL’s Pakistan leg.
“I am delighted to confirm that I will represent Lahore Qalandars in front of our home crowds on 9 and 10 March, during the PSL 2019. I look forward to revisiting the Gaddafi Stadium,” said AB de Villiers.
His former teammate JP Duminy has welcomed AB’s decision to play PSL matches in Lahore.
“I am delighted that AB has decided to play Lahore Qalandars’ back-to-back matches at the Gaddafi Stadium on March 9 and 10. I am sure when he takes the field, he will be amazed to see the electric atmosphere, passion, and excitement in the crowds,” said Duminy.
Duminy, who led Islamabad United in their triumphant PSL 2018 final in Karachi, will miss this year’s PSL due to an injury. He was also left out of South Africa’s squad for a limited over series against Pakistan for the same reason.
The Protease all-rounder went on to say that his former skipper would sense the respect and love for the game and high-class cricketers like AB.
“The March visit will also allow AB to sense the status and respect he commands in this part of the world, as well as the impact he has made on Pakistan cricket. These people love cricket and have tremendous respect for high-performing cricketers like AB,” JP said.
“The PSL is a tournament which is growing fast, and with its successful staging in Pakistan, prospects of international cricket returning to the country have also brightened.”
He added: “I am sure when AB will look back at his glittering and marvelous career, he will say with pride and satisfaction that he also played a part in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.”
English white-ball specialist Chris Jordan, who has been a regular feature in PSL ever since its advent, was also jubilant with the decision of Mr 360.
He said: “I am glad AB de Villiers was able to make this decision of touring Pakistan. The love and appreciation that we received when we played in Lahore and Karachi was beyond amazing.”
Former PSL Champions Peshawar Zalmi’s skipper Darren Sammy also joined the party.
Sammy appreciated de Villiers’ skills with the bat and hoped that he would attract a lot of praise if he performs before the charged Lahore crowd.
He remembered his time in Karachi and Lahore during the second and third edition of the league and said he enjoyed the experience.
“I played in Lahore and Karachi in 2017 and 2018 and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The excitement and enthusiasm I saw in Lahore and Karachi were second to none and it just drives home the fact that this game is what it is because of these lovely fans. Sadly, I will not get a chance to play against AB in Lahore but I will be watching the match on the television and I am sure we will get to see some great cricket.”
Via: Cricket Pakistan