Lahore Qalandars announced today that legendary South African batsman AB De Villiers will be visiting Pakistan in March to play in Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Lahore.
In a message released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), De Villiers said, “I am delighted to confirm that I will represent Lahore Qalandars in front of our home crowd on March 9 and 10, during the HBL PSL 2019,”
I am delighted to confirm that I will represent Lahore Qalandars in front of our home crowd on March 9 and 10, during the HBL PSL 2019.AB De Villiers
He added “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 in2016.”
De Villiers toured Pakistan with the South African team in 2007 and played in a Test and ODI series, scoring a brilliant century in Gaddafi Stadium.
“I am fully aware that cricket is like a second religion in Pakistan,” said De Villiers. “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.”
Team owner Rana Fawad was a happy camper after De Villiers committed to visiting Pakistan. “There can’t be a bigger and better news for Pakistan cricket fans and the HBL PSL 2019 on the day we are celebrating ‘one month to go’ that AB de Villiers has confirmed his availability for the two Lahore matches”.
De Villiers also confirmed that he will not going to travel to Karachi because of prior commitments.
“Due to prior family commitments, I will only be available till the last group stage game,” he said. “I want to thank Lahore Qalandars for giving me an opportunity to represent them and I look forward to not only enjoying my time in the PSL but also contributing in making it a stronger brand.”
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani welcomed De Villiers’ decision.
“We appreciate the decision of AB de Villiers and look forward to welcoming him to the home of Pakistan cricket. I am sure his appearance will attract new fans, and more eyeballs will follow the PSL than ever before”.
In previous years, international cricketers including Darren Sammy and JP Duminy also visited Pakistan for PSL matches signalling a positive development in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.