ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket team all-rounder Sohail Tanveer has said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has become a brand and hoped next time, all the international players will come to play in Pakistan.

Talking to The Nation, Sohail, who was representing debutant Multan Sultan in this season, said: “The PSL has now great worth and value and all the international players must trust in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and government, who have made sure foolproof security for all the foreign players and they will also be given warm welcome, love and respect by cricket-crazy national, and they will surely never forget the hospitality of Pakistani people.”

He said that like all other cricket lovers, he had also fever of watching and supporting the remaining PSL matches. “The PSL fever had already catching me and others, that’s why I quit my important tasks and reached Gaddafi Stadium Lahore to support the national cause.

“I once again want to say a big thanks to PCB chairman Najam Sethi, as without him, this dream of PSL could never been fulfilled. I would like to extend my warm greetings to all those, who were involved in PSL especially the international stars, who not only made the PSL a success in UAE but also came to Lahore to support Pakistan and now are ready to display their skills in front of Karachiites. I know one thing that is Pakistani people give too much love and respect to international stars, and they will bring back sweet memories with them,” he added.

About his team’s performance in the PSL, Tanveer said: “Like millions of Multan Sultans’ fans, he was also very disappointed that his team failed to make it to the playoffs, but it is cricket and anything can happen in it. We played wonderful and flawless cricket and managed to win millions of hearts across the globe, which I think was the biggest achievement of our team.

“From owners to each and every player, the way we started the PSL campaign, everybody was expecting us to deliver well. Nobody was expecting that we won’t be able to qualify for the playoffs, rather they wanted us to directly qualify for the final. There were a lot of reasons behind our exclusion from playoffs and we would try our best to overcome them and try to give out our best in the next season,” he added.

Pointed out towards hectic schedule , the all-rounder said as a player you get tired when you play a series of matches one after another. “We lost last four matches, which were beyond expectations and it was hard to define the reasons. May be the one reason is that we played four matches in five days and six matches in eight days, but this is not an excuse. Anyhow, we are focused and looking forward to play more positive cricket next season.” About final , Tanveer said: “Obviously, both are the best teams of the PSL-3 and chances are bright for both and I can predict a very challenging and thrilling final.”

Best wishes to both the teams as whoever win the final, it will be the victory of Pakistan and its cricket.”