South African batsman JP Duminy has praised the decision by former teammate AB de Villiers to play in Pakistan later this year.
De Villiers’ participation for the Lahore Qalandars, in the United Arab Emirates leg of the Pakistan Super League, was confirmed last year.
The hard-hitting right-hander, however, will also play in the Pakistan leg.
International cricket has not been played in Pakistan on a regular basis since 2009, when the touring Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in Lahore by terrorists.
‘I am delighted that AB has decided to play Lahore Qalandars’ back-to-back matches at the Gaddafi Stadium on 9 and 10 March. I am sure when he takes the field he will be amazed to see the electric atmosphere, passion and excitement in the crowds,’ the Nation quoted Duminy, who captained Islamabad United in the 2018 PSL, as saying.
‘The March visit will also allow AB to sense the status and respect he commands in this part of the world, as well as the impact he has made on Pakistan cricket. These people love cricket and have tremendous respect for high-performing cricketers like AB.
‘The PSL is a tournament which is growing fast, and with its successful staging in Pakistan, prospects of international cricket returning to the country have also brightened.’
The 34-year-old De Villiers will play for the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League prior to the PSL, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League afterwards.
‘I am sure when AB will look back at his glittering and marvelous career, he will say with pride and satisfaction that he also played a part in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan,’ added Duminy.