AB de Villiers agrees to play in Pakistan for Lahore Qalandars
Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has given a green signal and will play Lahore Qalandars’ two home matches in the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL).
De Villiers, who is set to play in the PSL for the first time will play in Lahore after 11 years. This is the first time that he will be touring Pakistan since South Africa’s tour of Pakistan in 2007.
Lahore Qalandars will play against Islamabad United and Multan Sultans at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. And the former Proteas skipper announced on Monday that he will be coming to Lahore.
The official Facebook page of Lahore Qalandars posted a video of de Villiers, where he said ‘Mein Lahore A Raha Hun.’
“I am delighted to confirm that I will represent Lahore Qalandars in front of our home crowds on 9 and 10 March, during the HBL PSL 2019, 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 said.
De Villiers is the sixth South African cricketer who will be going to Pakistan in the last 18 months. South Africa captain Faf du Plessis led ICC World XI against Pakistan including Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel, and Imran Tahir – toured Lahore for a three-match T20I series.
However, the 34-year old said he will be available only till the last group stage game.
“I sympathise with the people of Pakistan because they have been cricket-starved for no fault of theirs, but I am optimistic that the days are not too far when international cricket will return to Pakistan and the stadia will once again be packed with crowds.”
“Due to prior family commitments, I will only be available till the last group stage game. 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 HBL PSL 2019 but also contributing in making it a stronger brand,” he concluded.