Luke Ronchi has chances of becoming a Pakistan citizen
Ronchi recently guided Islamabad United to their second title victory in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) with a dazzling half-century.
Updated - Mar 29, 2018 11:55 am
Luke Ronchi has numerous new fans in Pakistan now after he guided Islamabad United to their second title victory in the recently concluded edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In the aftermath of his blistering performance, former cricketer and commentator, Ramiz Raja has called for Ronchi to be handed a citizenship of the country. The ex-Pakistan captain recently invited Ronchi to play for Pakistan’s national side and open the innings for them.
The 36-year old represented the New Zealand side across all three formats of the game before retiring and has extensively participated in various T20 leagues, reaping enormous success on numerous occasions. His most recent exploits include those in the PSL, which catapulted his side, Islamabad to clinch the trophy at the Karachi’s National Stadium by defeating the defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi. They won the final game by three wickets.
Ramiz Raja invites Luke Ronchi to play for Pakistan
As reported by Business Recorder, Raja while talking on Raja Speaks said, “Ronchi always plays in the leagues and does not represent any country, so I believe he should be offered Pakistani citizenship and he should come here and open for us, otherwise he would be wasted if he continued to play league cricket.”
“Come in Pakistan and open for us,” he added.
Ronchi’s dazzling innings worth 52 runs off just 26 balls in the PSL final was crucial in winning his side the trophy as they chased down the target of 149 with 3 overs to spare.
Ronchi has previously accrued 359 runs off 32 T20Is, including a century while playing for New Zealand and also briefly participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL). ODIs has been his most successful format, where he’s made 1397 runs in just 85 games at a strike rate of 114.51. He ended the PSL as the most successful batsman of the season, with 435 runs in 11 matches to his name. Ronchi’s feisty performances also won him Man of the Match and Man of the Series award in the tournament.