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PSL gets AB de Villiers boost as South Africa great says he will play Pakistan leg of 2019 tournament

Lahore are due to play Islamabad United on March 9 and Multan Sultans the following day, and despite security concerns De Villiers has confirmed he will be available to play for his franchise in both games

15-Jan-2019

AB de Villiers is the latest high-profile cricketer to commit to playing in Pakistan.

The South Africa legend will turn out for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan leg of the upcoming 2019 PSL season.

Lahore are due to play Islamabad United on March 9 and Multan Sultans the following day, and despite security concerns De Villiers has confirmed he will be available to play for his franchise in both games.

"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," he said.

"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 has only previously played in Lahore on four occasions during his long and illustrious career - all of which came during the same South Africa tour in 2007.

Very few countries have visited the cricket-mad nation over the course of the past decade, following a gun attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in the city in 2009.

However, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka have all toured in the past 24 months and the PCB are trying to encourage Australia to play their World Cup warm-up series in Lahore or Karachi, rather than the UAE.

"I am fully aware that cricket is like a second religion in Pakistan. 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," said De Villiers.

"I sympathise with the people of Pakistan because they have been cricket-starved for no fault of theirs, but I am optimistic that the days are not too far when international cricket will return to Pakistan and the stadia will once again be packed with crowds."

 

By The Cricketer

https://www.thecricketer.com/Topics/globalgame/psl_gets_ab_de_villiers_boost_as_south_africa_great_says_he_will_play_pakistan_leg_of_2019_tournament.html

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