CLT20 2013: Faisalabad Wolves confident of qualification to main draw

Faisalabad Wolves manager believes the team has what it takes to compete in the main tournament. The above is an image of the victorious team of 2005 that won the ABN Amro Twenty20 tournament © AFP (File Photo)

Karachi: Sep 14, 2013

The manager of the Faisalabad Wolves team, which left today for India to take part in the lucrative Champions League T20, believes his side has the quality and depth to make the main rounds of the tournament.

The Faisalabad team will play in the qualifying round from September 17 to seek a berth in the main rounds.

Last year Pakistan‘s national T20 champions, Sialkot Stallions failed to qualify for the main rounds after the Champions League was held in South Africa.

“We have a good balanced side ideal for T20 cricket and Misbah-ul-Haq and Saeed Ajmal bring in a lot of experience to the side,” manager Haroon Rasheed told PTI before the team’s departure from Lahore.

Misbah, Ajmal and young allrounder Ehsan Adil will join the team from Zimbabwe.

Haroon, a former Test batsman who has remained chief selector, coach and manager of the senior team said it was an ideal opportunity for Faisalabad to showcase the T20 talent in Pakistan cricket.

“Pakistani players are popular in India and I have told the players this is a great opportunity for you to show the Indian people the T20 talent we have and why our players should be in the IPL as well,” he said.

Haroon said the Faisalabad team had trained hard for the Champions League and initial reports that they would not get visas for India had disappointed them.

“But it is a great development that we were issued visas and we are going to play in India now,” Haroon added.

“Our visit will hopefully play its role in improving relations between the two countries and also lead to a revival of bilateral cricket ties,” he added.

The former Test player said that India was right now the centre of international cricket with the amount of activities being held in the country.

“Our players are very excited about playing in front of Indian crowds and we have no security worries at all because our board has cleared us to go to India and we know we will be well looked after by the organisers,” he said.