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Two Chinese national team cricketers to play in PSL 2018

The two players of China national cricket team will represent Peshawar Zalmi in the next edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2017 09:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Two Chinese national team cricketers will take part in the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL). (Twitter )

Two Chinese cricketers have been drafted to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) next year, giving a boost to the sport in China.

The two players of China national cricket team will go on to represent Peshawar Zalmi in the next edition PSL, Pakistan’s official news agency APP reported.

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China has both men and women cricket teams, which took part in some international tournaments but have so far failed to make a mark.

The players have already been selected from the Chinese national team and a formal contract will be signed by the head of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi during his visit to Beijing next month, the report said.

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PSL, headquartered in Lahore, was established in 2016. Due to security concerns in Pakistan, the first season of the league was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Peshawar Zalmi are the defending PSL champions, having won the second season by defeating Quetta Gladiators in the final, held in Lahore. Islamabad United won the inaugural edition of PSL.

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Also, a proposal has been made to the Pakistan Cricket Board to make China a neutral venue for Pakistan cricket team matches instead of UAE and other countries, the report said.

A number of international cricket teams refused to play in Pakistan due to concerns over security.

However, Sri Lanka is expected to play a T20 match in Pakistan in September, eight years after its national team was attacked by terrorists in 2009 Lahore.

First Published: Aug 22, 2017 09:12 IST