Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to their maiden Champions Trophy title © Getty Images
Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to their maiden Champions Trophy title © Getty Images

Far away from Kolkata, in Sharjah, Bengal Tigers’ owners look forward to create the same passion for cricket among the fans that they have for their local teams in any sport. With two eminent Bengali stars — Bipasha Basu and Sushmita Sen — as their icons, Sarfraz Ahmed‘s Bengal Tigers are prepared to set T10 Cricket League ablaze. Before the extravaganza starts, Sarfraz and team owners spoke exclusively to Paulami Chakraborty.

CricketCountry (CC): Sarfraz, do you think you can bring in the spark you had created during Champions Trophy to this tournament as well?

Sarfraz Ahmed (SA): We played good and won, we played bad and lost that’s how simple this game is. We will definitely leave no stone unturned to bring the first trophy of this tournament and I am confident with our strong line-up, good strategy and guidance we can create a history in this tournament as well.

Q: How does it feel to lead a team besides Darren Sammy?

SA: He is a seasoned cricketer and I know him from really long time. I am honoured to be leading the side which features two-time world cup winning captain.  His experience as a champion will be an asset to the team

Virender Sehwag ready to lead Maratha Arabians in T10 Cricket League
Virender Sehwag ready to lead Maratha Arabians in T10 Cricket League

The owners, delighted to have Pakistan’s latest hero Sarfraz as their leader, are sure to recreate Eden Gardens’ spirit at Sharjah.

CC: How does having Sarfraz as your captain feel like?

Team Owners (TO): We are fortunate to have such an astute cricketing brain leading our side. We have seen his prowess at the highest during his captaincy with a spectacular win in the recent ICC Champions Trophy and his franchise team Quetta Gladiators twice to the finals in Pakistan Super League. He is confident, innovative, versatile, dynamic and full of self-belief; and yet humble and down to earth with never-say-die attitude. We are super confident of success under his able and proven leadership.

CC: Bengal is very emotional towards their teams across sports. Do you think you can create similar passion for Bengal Tigers?

TO: I would like to bring the same passion, pride and glory and I am confident with the squad we have each and every one will witness breath-taking games. Our fully charged team will definitely create wonders on the field and bring lots of cheers for the fan. Our iconic Sharjah stadium would be glorified to the spirit of Eden Gardens. Additionally, we have two of Bengal’s distinguished personalities as our brand ambassadors in Sushmita Sen and Bipasha Basu. We aim to create fervour with these iconic personalities.