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PSL 5: Meeting of legends; PM Imran Khan met Vivian Richards, Shane Watson

Prime Minister Imran Khan acknowledged the services of foreign players for the revival of cricket in Pakistan. Meanwhile, foreign players are also enjoying overwhelming hospitality from their Pakistani fans during their stay in the country for PSL 2020.

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PM Imran Khan met foreign officials of PSL 5 at prime minister house Islamabad. The troika included his fellow cricketing stars Vivian Richards, Greg Chappell and former Australian cricketer Shane Watson.

Richard recalled his battle with Imran Khan and asserted that Pakistan cricket flourished under his leadership.

“When Imran Khan was the captain, the matches between Pakistan and West Indies were always exciting,” Richards said. “It is pleasing to see the revival of the sport in the country.”

The prime minister said that “foreign cricketers’ services for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan will always be remembered.” Meanwhile, foreign players are also enjoying overwhelming hospitality from their Pakistani fans during their stay in the country for PSL 2020.

Quetta Gladiator’s player, Tymal Mill, lauded the love and hospitality received from Pakistani fans during a press conference in Pindi stadium. He said he is overwhelmed with the hospitality he has received from the fans all over Pakistan.

He credited Pakistan Super League for allowing him to take his place back in the England squad because the cricket league is watched all over the world.

“PSL was a great opportunity for me to take my place in the England squad, as the league was being watched all over the world,” he said. On the other hand, Shane Watson is all-praising for the Pakistani pacers playing in PSL 5.

He said that the quality of fast-bowlers in Pakistan Super League is better than anywhere in the world that makes it one of the toughest leagues to play.

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“The quality of bowling, especially fast-bowling, is better than anywhere in the world. In every game, I am facing at least one or two guys that consistently bowl at 150 plus kph,” he said.

“They have quality spin bowlers as well so it is an incredibly tough tournament.”

Shane Watson, too, praised the hospitality and warm reception given by fans in Pakistan. He asserted that Pakistan is a safe country and would have brought his children along for PSL 5 if they were not busy with school.

“After coming to the PSL last season in the finals and then seeing it with my own eyes, I was reassured on how incredibly safe it is here. My family is excited for me to be here. Unfortunately, they cannot come over this time because my kids have school,” said Watson.

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