South African cricket star AB de Villiers is hopeful that his appearance in Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Lahore matches will encourage more international players to play in the country.
He made the remarks while speaking with BBC.
De Villiers confessed he previously had doubts about playing in Pakistan but said he felt that now was the right time.
“I was reluctant to go a few years back when we were all a bit worried, but I feel the time is right to go back there,” said the 34-year-old star batsman.
Pakistan is Safe for Travel
The former South African skipper said he was excited to have fun playing before the Lahore’s electric crowd. He hoped his presence in PSL’s Pakistan leg would send the message to the world that Pakistan is safe to travel to again.”
“I´m hoping to go there and have some fun and show the whole world that Pakistan is safe to travel to again.”
In his previous announcement, Mr 360 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 decision was hailed by not only Pakistani cricketers, but also by international players.
His former colleague JP Duminy, Engish white-ball specialist Chris Jordan, former West Indies skipper and two-time WT20 champion Darren Sammy were among the top international players who welcomed AB’s brave decision.