Two cricketers from China all set to join Peshawar Zalmi in PSL
Head of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi to visit Beijing next month.
Updated - Aug 21, 2017 12:10 pm
It is a well-renowned fact about Pakistan and China being Allies when it comes to Global Diplomacy. China is one of the countries trying to make it big in the sport of Cricket. Pakistan has taken their cordial relationship to a whole new level as they drafted in a couple of cricketers from a country not popular for producing cricketers. They would join the Peshawar Zalmis in the 2018 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Peshawar Zalmi is captained by flamboyant Carribean player Darren Sammy. The other big names in the team are English captain Eoin Morgan, Sri Lankan legend Tillakaratne Dilshan, Bangladesh giants Tamim Iqbal and Shakib al Hasan, West Indian limited over specialists Marlon Samuels and Andre Fletcher, Englishmen Chris Jordan and Samit Patel. The Pakistani contingency boasts of names such as Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal and many others.
The Zalmis are the defending champions of the Pakistan’s answer to Indian Premier League. They defeated the Quetta Gladiators in the finals of the latest edition of the league. They also ended up on the third-place in the inaugural edition of the PSL. The Chinese, even after boasting both men’s and women’s have failed to impress as of now, after their participation in few international tournaments.
Javed Afridi to visit Beijing next month
According to Pakistan’s official news agency APP, the players have already been selected for the Chinese national team and a formal contract will be signed by the head of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi during his visit to Beijing next month, the report said. Also, a proposal has been made to the Pakistan Cricket Board to make China a neutral venue for Pakistan cricket team matches instead of UAE and other countries, the report said.
A number of international cricket teams refused to play in Pakistan due to concerns over security. However, Sri Lanka is expected to play a T20 match in Pakistan in September, eight years after its national team was attacked by terrorists in 2009 Lahore.