LAHORE:The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is one of the most exciting, challenging and competitive cricket leagues in the world and the appearance of 77 foreign international cricket stars over the past three editions is a testament to this statement.According to an analysis carried out here on Friday, England leads the pack of fielding the most number of players (24) followed by the West Indies (17), South Africa (nine), Bangladesh (seven), Australia and New Zealand (six each), Sri Lanka (four), Zimbabwe (two) and Afghanistan and the Netherlands (one each).
From Andre Russell, who was the leading wicket-taker in the inaugural event in 2016, to Luke Ronchi, the most prolific batsman in the previous edition, there have been number of foreign internationals who have produced stunning performances to contribute in making the league what it is today.While the fans and supporters of the league have appreciated their contributions and performances, the players have never minced words in expressing their gratitude.
This has a formed a unique bonding between the foreign players and the Pakistan cricket fans which continues to get stronger and stronger with every passing edition.Some of the stars narrate their experiences of playing in the PSL.
LUKE RONCHI (ISLAMABAD UNITED):The wicket-keeper opening batsman from New Zealand topped the batting charts in the third PSL with 435 runs at a staggering strike-rate of 182.00.Ronchi was the backbone of Islamabad United's second title as he scored five half-centuries in 11 innings, including 52 off 26 balls in the final against Peshawar Zalmi in Karachi.Ronchi recalls: "There was a lot of excitement all around when we landed in Karachi for the PSL final last year.
The energy in the city was amazing and it felt like we were part of a big festival"."Winning the PSL trophy for Islamabad United in Karachi is a memory that I will cherish for a long time.
The game got pretty close for our liking in the end, but it was nice to see the fans getting to watch some exciting cricket", he added.DARREN SAMMY (PESHAWAR ZALMI):The West Indies all-rounder took over the leadership duties in the second PSL in 2017 and in his very first assignment as captain, won the title for Zalmi in the historic final in Lahore.
Due to his enterprising captaincy and four years association with the franchise, the Zalmi fans share special love with him."I have a very special relationship with Pakistan and every time I interact with Pakistani fans...