South African star batsman AB de Villiers who’ll be featuring for Lahore Qalandars in the 4th edition of PSL has earlier announced that he’ll play two home matches for Lahore Qalandars in Lahore. He already played a Test and three ODIs at the venue during the 2007 tour, de Villiers said in a video message that he’s excited to visit Pakistan again,
“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.
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”
South African star; commonly known as Mr.360 has a vast experience of over 263 T20’s with 6931 runs, striking at 148.44 and he’s hoping to make a mark in his first edition of PSL. De Villiers’ will be the sixth South Africa cricketer to tour Lahore in less than last 18 months. In September 2017, a Faf du Plessis-led ICC World XI side that toured Lahore for 3 T20I matches, the team included Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel, and Imran Tahir.
Lahore Qalander’s owner, Rana Fawad is extremely delighted on
de Villiers announcement to play in Pakistan, he stated
‘De Villiers is one of the icons of international cricket, who has entertained his fans world-over, not only with his innovative and aggressive batting but also with the flare, passion, and agility that he always carries with him onto the field of play. There can’t be bigger and better news for Pakistan cricket fans and the HBL PSL 2019 on the day we are celebrating ‘one month to go’ that AB de Villiers has confirmed his availability for the two Lahore matches”
Season 4 of HBLPSL will begin from 14th February with Islamabad United taking on the Lahore Qalanders in Dubai. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore, and Karachi are the venues for the HBLPSL this year.