PSL 2019: AB de Villiers confirmed to ply his trade for Lahore Qalandars
He has been picked up in the Platinum category.
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The drafts for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is currently underway in Islamabad. The T20 tournament is set to get underway on February 14. This year as many as eight matches will be played in Pakistan with United Arab Emirates (UAE) being the co-host and the same was announced by Ehsan Mani, the newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman.
In the meantime, it has been learned that former South African cricketer AB de Villiers is all set to play for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL’s upcoming edition. The Pretoria-born cricketer has been picked in the Platinum category ($ 1.4- 2.3 lakhs). Previously, the veteran confirmed his participation in the T20 event and the Qalandars would be mightily pleasured to get him on board.
Qalandars look for turnaround
Earlier this month the Qalandars released former New Zeland cricketer Brendon McCullum, who captained the team in the last couple of seasons after right-handed batsman Azhar Ali led them in the inaugural season back in 2016. A lot of expectations were pinned on the Black Cap, both as the captain and batsman but he couldn’t quite help the team arrest its slump.
The Qalandars don’t have fond memories of playing in the PSL as they have finished at the bottom of the points table on all three editions. They would be looking to turn their fortunes around under whosoever replaces McCullum as their captain. The franchise has also managed to draft in Nepal leg-break bowler Sandeep Lamicchane, who has been highly impressive of late.
As far as de Villiers is concerned, he recently made his return to the field after announcing his international retirement back in May. The 34-year-old is captaining Tshwane Spartans in the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL). He has done well in the first two matches, having scored 59 and 32 against Cape Town Blitz and Paarl Rocks respectively.