Legendary batsman AB de Villiers, who is in action for Lahore Qalandars during the ongoing season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-4), has said he cannot wait to visit the historic city of Lahore for the latter part of the tournament.
The former South African cricketer, as Geo quoted him, termed Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium as one of his favourite grounds in the world.
“I have some great memories of Pakistan. 2007 was the last time we were there, we visited Karachi, Lahore, Multan, we went everywhere and we played some really good cricket,” de Villiers recalled South Africa’s tour of Pakistan twelve years ago, shortly before the security situation drove international cricket away from the cricket-loving nation.
“I can’t wait to walk out there again and play in one of my favourite grounds in the world. Iremember scoring some runs there, and I can’t wait to score again,” he said.
Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium is set to host Lahore Qalandars vs Islamabad United match on March 9, Lahore Qalandars vs Multan Sultans on March 10 and Eliminator 1 on March 12. Karachi will host the first of their five matches on March 7 when Karachi Kings will take on Peshawar Zalmi under lights. The other four matches will be: Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators on March 10, Qualifier 1 vs Qualifier 2 on March 13, Eliminator 2 on March 15 and the final on March 17.
De Villiers, who is captaining Lahore Qalandars after Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out due to a thumb fracture, said he has an easy group of guys to work with. “It makes selection meetings quite difficult, because of so much talent here.”
According to the 35-year old, the PSL is Lauding the Qalandars’ player development programme – a grassroots effort to discover and groom young talent countrywide, de Villiers said the programme was already reaping rewards.