Villiers agrees to play Pakistan leg of PSL 2019

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LAHORE: Legendary South African batsman AB de Villiers has announced that he will be visiting Pakistan in March as part of the Lahore Qalandars roster to play Pakistan Super League matches at the Gaddafi Stadium.

The Qalandars have by far been the most hapless side across the first three editions of the T20 league, having finished last on the points table every time.

The Fawad Rana-owned franchise’s bid to shed the title of perennial bottom-dwellers got a massive boost in November when it drafted De Villiers with the first pick of the PSL Draft 2018.

The Proteas superstar gave Rana and Qalandars fans another reason to celebrate today as he revealed that he will still be with the side during the Pakistan-leg of PSL 4.

“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,” psl-t20 quotes De Villiers as saying. “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.”

De Villiers said he has fond memories of his last tour of Pakistan that came more than a decade ago. “I am fully aware that cricket is like a second religion in Pakistan,” he said. “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.”

As expected, team owner 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’ announcement comes a day after The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australia will not be coming to Pakistan for a one-day series scheduled to be held in March-April.