KARACHI: The owner of one of Pakistan’s most popular cricket franchises, Peshawar Zalmi, hinted last week of taking his team to Saudi Arabia for a friendly match, soon after news emerged that Arab News had been selected as the official media partner of the Saudi team.
Javed Afridi’s successful franchise is represented by cricketing legends like former West Indian skipper Daren Sammy, South African batsman Hashim Amla and others from the world’s biggest test playing teams.
“Best wishes to cricket KSA. How about Peshawar Zalmi VS KSA in Saudi,” Afridi wrote on Twitter.
BEST WISHES TO CRICKET KSA. HOW ABOUT PESHAWAR ZALMI VS KSA IN SAUDI ? https://t.co/13FCl6As10
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) April 4, 2021
Speaking to Arab News on Sunday, Afridi said Pakistan had great relations with Saudi Arabia and had always extended its support in every field.
“Pakistan, especially my Peshawar Zalmi, will extend any cooperation required by our Saudi brothers,” Afridi said.
“I wish and hope that Saudi Arabia’s team will soon be among the world’s top international teams, representing the Saudi nation,” Afridi said and added: “If Saudi players benefit from the Pakistani expertise, it will be a matter of pride and honor.”
Afridi’s team has won the title of Pakistan’s hugely popular Pakistan Super League once, and has been a runners up twice since the tournament’s launch in 2016.
Peshawar Zalmi selected Arab News Pakistan as its international media partner in 2020 and extended this partnership to the 2021 edition, which was suspended half way due to the spread of COVID-19.
The remaining matches of the tournament are expected to be played in May this year in Karachi, coronavirus permitting. Peshawar stood second on the points table of the six teams when the tournament was suspended last month.