Stallions’ success: ‘Next stop, Champions League’

Published: April 3, 2012

Stallions’ convincing win in the final of the Super Eight T20 Cup means the team now holds both domestic Twenty20 trophies and have become the most successful Twenty20 club side in the world. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: 

Shoaib Malik has called for the Sialkot Stallions’ inclusion in the Champions League T20 after his side won the second edition of the Super Eight T20 Cup to go with the domestic Twenty20 event they won last year.

Stallions’ effort remains unparalleled and Malik believed that after such repeated heroics, his side deserved a place in the mega event where Pakistan teams have been snubbed each year.

“Stallions deserve a place in the Champions League because of our efforts,” Malik told The Express Tribune. “It won’t just be a team from Sialkot but a representation from the country so it’ll make the competition stronger.

“Stallions’ inclusion will help Pakistan cricket as well because people from both sides love each other and want to see Pakistan-India matches. Our participation in the event will remove hurdles and pave the way for these matches.”

Malik top-scored with an unbeaten 62 off 47 balls as Stallions chased down the 168-run target with ease despite losing an early wicket.

Malik was involved in an unbroken 119-run third-wicket partnership with Haris Sohail (55*) after Khalid Latif, who was named best batsman of the tournament, struck 81 to propel Dolphins to 167 for eight off their quota.

“The win was a team effort and we all play for each other,” added Malik. “My aim was to field the best possible eleven and thankfully the players have always repaid my faith.”

Stallions pocketed Rs2m for the win while the Dolphins, who lost their sixth domestic Twenty20 final, got Rs1m. Malik was named man of the match but he went on to share it with Haris, praising the left-hander and his effort.

‘Pakistan ready for internationals’

Meanwhile, following a successful event, the authorities said that Pakistan was ready to host international cricket matches once again after a three-year break.

Tens of thousands of cricket-starved fans thronged the Rawalpindi Stadium during the week-long tournament as Malik said fans were desperate to see foreign teams come and play — and the country was ready for it.

“The discipline shown by the fans proves that we deserve international cricket and the successful event with immaculate security proves that we can host international cricket,” said Malik.

“We’ve been playing on foreign venues, which not only deprives the fans but also youngsters  who want to improve their skills, they can’t do that when they don’t see their stars play before them.”

Javed Miandad,said the success of the event showed the appetite for international cricket was enormous.

“This event sends a big message to the world,” said Miandad. “We don’t have to say anything, 22,000 people on Sunday night demanded the return of international cricket in Pakistan and we can host that in near future.”(With additional input from AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Azharuddin Masood
    Apr 3, 2012 - 2:25AM

    Pakistan has become a pariah state in the eyes of foreigners and is treated like an untouchable. Pakistan can keep on mooching for inclusion in IPL and Champions League but will never ever be included in it.

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  • Pinto
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:36AM

    ”People from both side of the border love each other” ha ha ha…………….Recommend

  • Umer
    Apr 3, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Definitely, Stallions surely deserve a place in the Champions league to now compete with the world after dominating for so many years in the domestic circuit.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Apr 3, 2012 - 10:23AM

    @Azharuddin Masood: Bro you guys are simply afraid from Pakistani Teams as you know they will come and thrash you in your backyard. Be assured that sooner or later this is going to happen. So keep your energy till then!

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  • Senman
    Apr 3, 2012 - 12:48PM

    @Truth_Prevails
    No dude we are simply afraid of Pakistani fans who celebrate different than other people in the world, look what they did to Sri-lankans.

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  • Owais Ehsan
    Apr 3, 2012 - 2:04PM

    @Senman:
    Thanks Senman, the PAKISTANI Fan (bus driver) who saved the Srilankan team was duly rewarded in Srilanka for his efforts to save their cricketers.

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  • Pakistaniat
    Apr 3, 2012 - 3:46PM

    @Senman:
    That was a terrorist attack… What if some foreigner makes the same comment that you made on the attack on Taj hotel… That again was a terrorist attack… No need to generalize…. and take a chill pill…

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  • enlighten moderate
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:38PM

    One thing is for sure..Shoaib Malik really takes this series seriously and leads his local boys really well. Other teams also have master blaster batsmen like imran nazir and bowlers like naved ul hasan and abdur rehman but real difference seems to be only shoaib malik.. Hats off to the greatest domestic Captain of Pakistan

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  • Jhingalala
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:48PM

    But all the Pakistani players are signing up for BPL?

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  • shabih haider
    Apr 9, 2012 - 2:54PM

    pakistan is the best team

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