PCB announces Sialkot's participation in CLT20

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Published: Saturday, July 7, 2012, 13:04 [IST]
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Sialkot's inclusion in CLT20 confirmed

Lahore, Jul 7: The Pakistan Cricket Board has officially announced Sialkot Stallions' participation in Champions League Twenty20 to be held in South Africa in the month of October.

Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions led by Shoaib Malik will be representing the country in the Champions League T20 tournament for the first time since its inception.

Sialkot Stallions, holders of National T20 and Super Eights title were invited to participate in the mega event by BCCI and the Champions League's Governing Council recently.

"It was decided that Sialkot Stallions by virtue of being the domestic T20 champions will represent Pakistan in the event after we got an official invitation from the Champions League organisers," a board official said.

PCB also felt that this invitation came as a first step towards reviving bilateral ties between India and Pakistan as their players were not allowed to be a part of the cash-rich Indian Premier League following the terror attacks on Mumbai in 2008.

Pakistan team that is entering the prestigious tournament for the first time is expected to play the qualifiers first and the Sialkot Crick Association official says it doesn't matter to the team though they are playing in Soputh African conditions.

"It really doesn't matter because it will be a good experience for our players to play against the best domestic T20 teams of other countries in South African conditions," the official said.

"What is important is that finally Pakistan has got a chance to also compete in the Champions League and we are confident our team is capable of surprising a lot of people," he said.

With Sialkot's inclusion in Champions League Twenty20, talks on bilateral ties already making waves, a series between India and Pakistan might soon be a reality.


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