The Natwest T20 Blast 2017 started earlier this month on 7th July. After a successful tournament last year, with cricket fans watching it all over the world, some new big names were signed by the County sides.
Usually Pakistani players were not seen in action in overseas T20 leagues until last year’s Caribbean Premier League showed some promising Pakistani talent, who later were signed in Bangladesh Premier League as well. With the addition of Pakistan Super League, the talent in Pakistani cricketers was exposed. Many new stars came out and it turned out to be a good stage to perform.
Last month, Hampshire announced the signing of Pakistani star Shahid Afridi for the Natwest T20 Blast 2017. Shahid Afridi is one of the top entertaining T20 cricketer in the world. Shahid Afridi then took 4 wickets in his first match for Hampshire, which has increased the hype for the remaining matches
Following the announcement of Shahid Afridi signing for Hampshire, Lancashire also announced that the Pakistani ace, Junaid Khan will join them for the Natwest T20 Blast 2017. Junaid Khan has played for Lancashire in past and is excited to be in action for Lancashire once again.
According to some strong resources, it is said that the number T20 international bowler, Imad Wasim will complete his move to Durham after his work permit is completed. Imad Wasim, who was very prominent with the ball in last year’s Caribbean Premier League, carried on his form in Pakistan Super League. He is ranked as number 1 T20 bowler in ICC ranking. Durham has lost 2 out of 2 games in the Natwest T20 Blast. Imad Wasim’s inclusion might balance up Durham’s squad. Imad Wasim will play 5 Natwest T20 Blast matches for Durham. He will then travel to the Caribbean for the Caribbean Premier League.
Many strong reports suggest that the Pakistani skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed will join Yorkshire after July 27 for 5 T20 matches. Last month Sarfaraz led Pakistan to lift the ICC Champions Trophy in England. Sarfaraz has a very good experience and record in English conditions. Sarfaraz is well known for his hitting in T20 games and will be a great signing for the Yorkshire. Although official announcement is yet to be made by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club but many of the officials have confirmed the deal.
It is a very good news for the Pakistani cricket fans as there are no other fixtures involving Pakistani players till September/October.