Several foreign T20 bigwigs eager to participate in PSL-6
LAHORE: The most sought-after T20 cricketers continue to gather in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates to showcase their exceptional skills and talents and win the hearts of the millions of fans who will be watching the Pakistan Super League-6 with their friends and families.
The PSL 6 lived up to its promise with top-quality cricket and riveting battles at Karachi’s National Stadium and the six teams’ line-ups suggest that trend will continue at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium. For the UAE-leg, the league has attracted some names who are renowned for their extraordinary repertoire, which makes them global T20 superstars.
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell (Islamabad United and Multan Sultans) and wicketkeeper-batsman Johnson Charles (Quetta Gladiators and Sultans) will be making their returns to the PSL, while their fellow West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, Australia top-order batsman Usman Khawaja and all-rounder James Faulkner will be marking their PSL debuts, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced in a media release.
Andre Russell of Quetta Gladiators said he had very fond memories of his first PSL tournament with Islamabad United. “I still have some great friendships from my PSL experiences and I am really looking forward to join my new teammates at Quetta Gladiators and play under Sarfaraz Ahmed. I have no doubts that the Purple Force will turn the tide and make its fans proud,” he maintained.
Johnson Charles of Multan Sultans said the PSL served as another opportunity to the players to enhance their skillset with its intricacies. “The fielding standards are excellent and the local Pakistan bowlers, whether spinners or pacers, really challenge a batsman’s abilities,” he added.
Peshawar Zalmi’s Fidel Edwards said the ongoing PSL edition was going to keep the fans glued to the screens from around the world with some sensational performances and tightly fought matches.
James Faulkner – Lahore Qalandars: “I am looking forward to my first appearance in the HBL Pakistan Super League. Lahore Qalandars have a formidable squad with some outstanding Pakistan talent like Fakhar Zaman and Shaheen Shah Afridi. The HBL PSL has over the years produced some outstanding cricketers and in just six years since its inception has captured the attention of the fans and followers of the game around the world.”
Martin Guptill – Karachi Kings: “This will be my first appearance in the HBL Pakistan Super League and I am really looking forward to taking the field for the defending champions Karachi Kings. The HBL PSL is a quality tournament and I am excited about my journey with the Kings who are a very good side.”
Usman Khawaja, who will be playing for Islamabad United, said, “That the PSL 6 is continuing despite the hurdles and challenges it had to face recently, is an excellent news for fans and players alike. These are extremely difficult times for so many and we understand things may not always run as smoothly as they normally do. But the event organisers have done a tremendous job to relocate the event and organise all the logistics in such a short time.
“In this background, I am excited to be a part of this league, happy to represent my city of birth and look forward to playing my part in the success of this league. It is saddening that the event couldn’t be hosted in Pakistan but hopefully I will get another opportunity to play amongst all the fans who have stuck with Pakistani cricket through thick and thin.
“The team did really well in Karachi, we are in with a real chance of securing one of the top two playoff berths. Hopefully I can contribute and add to the team success in this second half of the tournament under captain Shadab Khan. We have a great opportunity to win a third trophy and cement our spot as the most successful side in HBL PSL history.”