Afghan president invites Peshawar Zalmi to visit Kabul

Published: March 9, 2017
Peshawar Zalmi crowned PSL champions. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/ EXPRESS

Peshawar Zalmi crowned PSL champions. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/ EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Peshawar Zalmi’s players, the team who won the Pakistan Super League 2017, will visit Kabul at the invitation of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, owner of the team Javed Afridi said on Wednesday.

Peshawar Zalmi lifted the Pakistan Super League trophy by virtue of its 58-run victory over the Quetta Gladiators on Sunday night.

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Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai spoke to Javed Afridi, congratulated him on the victory and on behalf of the president, invited the team to visit Afghanistan. Karzai called Zalmi ‘Khpal’ (own) team.

“We have accepted the invitation and the visit is expected in May,” Afridi told The Express Tribune. Javed Afridi said foreign players of the team will also travel to Afghanistan.

Zalmi’s win was also celebrated on the Afghan side of the border and many Afghans posted congratulations on social media.

Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal also congratulated the team.


Earlier this week, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak announced a reward of Rs20 million for Peshawar Zalmi for thrashing Quetta Gladiators in the final.

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A number of tweets, posted on the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Twitter page said that the provincial minister, who was already supporting the team representing the K-P capital in the T20 league, congratulated Peshawar Zalmi’s owner Javed Afridi on the phone for being able to bring the PSL trophy to the province. Moreover, the K-P Chief Minister also invited the management and players of Peshawar Zalmi to a grand reception in Peshawar and lauded the players’ performance as a team.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • LOL
    Mar 9, 2017 - 10:40AM

    begaani shaadi mei abdullah deewana.Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 9, 2017 - 10:53AM

    Would Ashraf Ghani invited KK, LQ, QG or IU for a visit if they would have won the PSL?

    This is just another drama to assert their bogus claim on our territory.Recommend

  • Saquib
    Mar 9, 2017 - 11:08AM

    There isnt any need from Pakistan to send across team to Afghanistan.
    Pakistanis are hosting for over 3 million refugees across the border; whereas Afghanistan conveniently sits in the lap of Indians when we need them most.Recommend

  • Pluralist
    Mar 9, 2017 - 11:43AM

    They don’t accept the Durand line…this is another attempt to say that Pakhtun areas in Pakistan belongs to Afghanistan. Also Afghanistan refused to send their cricket team.

    Zalmi should understand the game plan and refuse it….Trying to create a wedge between Paktuns and rest of Pakistan. Recommend

  • AD
    Mar 9, 2017 - 12:11PM

    Yes, Good Move by Afghanistan,Afghan never accepted Durand line as border and now i can see why.The claim seems to be much wider.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Mar 9, 2017 - 12:18PM

    Mr. Jawed no need to go to Afghanistan. For starters, their security situation is way worse than here. And don’t fall for their drama of “Khpal Team’. There is a Durand line between us and their teams and our teams are different now.Recommend

  • Shafiullah Amanullah Khan
    Mar 9, 2017 - 12:27PM

    @Saquib–If you hate India that much then why dont you stop Mahira Khan, Saba Qamar, Meera,, Veena malik etc from” working” there?. I am sure you must be knowing why these women go there. Why dont you stop Rahat Fati Ali Khan?.Why dont you ask Shahbaz Sharif not to go to Amritsar to meet Sikh community people.Why dont you stop Dosti Bus..Why dont you oppose Aman ki Asha? Your business men were planning to give India the most favorite nation-Why dont you ask for closure of Wahgah border when every second day Indian Army shells pakistani area? Why dont you ask pakistan Government when Ashraf Ghani offered his country friendship to Pakistan, why did it not accept it?–And now you are crying-Recommend

  • Zahid
    Mar 9, 2017 - 5:29PM

    @Shafiullah Amanullah Khan:
    What Pakistan or Pakistanis do with IndIa is non of your business. Fact is the ungrateful Afghans have outlived their welcome. We should only open the border so that essential goods can go. No free lunch anymore and don’t even think of Zalmi. Think of Taliban who control more than 50% Afghanistan already. Maybe we should recognize them.Recommend

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