PSL 2019: AB de Villiers to arrive in Dubai next week
"The players are eagerly waiting for de Villiers,"- Javed.
Published - Feb 2, 2019 12:53 pm | Updated - Feb 2, 2019 12:53 pm
There’s absolutely no doubt in the fact that AB de Villiers is one of the most popular cricketers across the globe, mostly owing to his stupendous potential with the bat in hand. He retired from international cricket last year in May and ever since, he only takes part in T20 tournament around the globe. The Pretoria-born would next be taking part in the next edition of the Pakistan Super Super League (PSL).
The tournament gets underway on February 14 and the 34-year-old was picked in the drafts in the Platinum category by Lahore Qalandars, who finished as the cellar dwellers in all the previous three seasons of the T20 tournament. To the Qalandars’ delight, he also confirmed his participation at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore where the team is scheduled to play a couple of group matches.
Delightful news for the Qalandars
The Qalandars will play their first match against defending champions Islamabad United at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on the inaugural day of the event. The matches in Lahore will be played on March 9 and 10 respectively. The Qalandars appointed Mohammad Hafeez as their new skipper and after having De Villiers in the mix they would want to turn their fortunes around in the extravaganza.
In the meantime, it has been learned that the experienced campaigner would be reaching Dubai for the tournament on Saturday, February 9. The Qalandars’ head coach Aqib Javed, also a former Pakistan bowler, confirmed the news on Saturday. “The players are eagerly waiting for de Villiers so they can learn from him,” Javed was quoted as saying.
De Villiers is currently plying his trade for Rangpur Riders in the sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He has already scored a century against Dhaka Dynamites at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. He is also one of the major reasons why the Mashrafe Mortaza-captained Riders have already qualified for the playoffs.