The Lahore Lions, Pakistan domestic T-20 champion received their Indian Visa on Monday. There were some complications, some doubts over their participation in the Champions League T20 2014. All complications and doubts are cleared by Mohammad Hafeez as he pledged to spread love across the border. The Lahore Lions are ready to leave on Tuesday and will enter the four-team qualifying round in Raipur starting from September 13.
They will start their journey by facing Mumbai Indians, before taking on Sri Lanka’s Southern Express and New Zealand’s Northern Districts.The top two teams will qualify to the main round where they will meet eight teams, starting from 17th September. Hafeez told that his players would act as representative of Pakistan. He also said that they are going with love and he knows that how much they love Pakistan and the cricketers from their country. They also said that they will show good sportsman spirit, in and off the ground, it is their main aim.
T20 champions of Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will also take part in the main rounds. Pakistan first participated in Champions League T-20 hosted by South Africa. Misbah-ul Haq’s Faisalabad Wolves did not qualify in the main rounds in 2013 when the tournament was brought back to India. This time Hafeez is confident as his team is playing some exciting cricket in last two years and the squad is well balanced. They have the potential to win this tournament. The Lahore Lion’s visit will going to increase the bonding between India Pakistan ties which stalled in the wake of 2008 terrorists attacks on Mumbai, blamed on militants based in Pakistan.
India Pakistan signed a big contract to play six series in the next eight years, the first to be hosted by Pakistan on neutral territory in December 2015.