Karachi, May 22: Pakistan’s Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions, who will get an opportunity to take part in this year’s Champions League in India, are confident of giving a tough challenge to other teams in the tournament.
BCCI chief N Srinivasan confirmed that a team from Pakistan will play in this year’s edition of the tournament, to be held in India in September.
Sialkot Stallions led by Shoaib Malik will see Pakistani players playing on Indian soil for the first time in four years.
Speaking with PakPassion.net Sialkot Stallions coach and former Pakistan all rounder Naved Anjum was happy that Indo-Pak cricketing ties would resume on the international stage.
“I’m not just looking forward to my team playing in the Champions League, but I feel it would be an honour to take part in such a tournament for myself and of course the whole of the Sialkot team and staff.”
Anjum also hopes that a Champions League appearance for the Sialkot Stallions in India will be the re-launch of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan and the start of some great cricketing encounters between the neighbours and their fierce rivals.
“I feel that the likely participation of Sialkot in the Champions League is a positive sign. Hopefully the Champions League will be the start of the resumption in cricket ties between India and Pakistan at an international level also. There is nothing quite like a Pakistan versus India encounter and it’s a shame that these matches are a rarity these days,” he said.
Sialkot has been the stand out performers in Pakistan’s Twenty20 format.
Even without exposure in foreign conditions, Anjum feels that the Sialkot team can be a very competitive unit in the Champions League due to the prevalent team spirit and the quality of leadership under Shoaib Malik. (ANI)