Karachi—Former West Indies batsman Ricardo Powell is enjoying his time in Pakistan and believes that the upcoming matches against a Pakistan Stars XI are going to be a huge opportunity for a number of players to showcase their talent.
The Jamaican is a part of the International XI, which arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to play two unofficial T20s against a Pakistan team led by Shahid Khan Afridi. The matches, organised by Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, the Sind Government’s sports minister, will be played at the National Stadium, Karachi, on Saturday and Sunday.
Despite the fact that these matches do not hold any official status and have not been endorsed by either the International Cricket Council (ICC) or the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), it is a serious effort on part of the Sind Government to revive international cricket in the country.
Powell, who represented West Indies from 1999 to 2005, feels that there are no major security concerns in Pakistan and hopes that the two T20s will encourage different countries to send teams to the region. The right-handed batsman was a massive hitter of the cricket ball, having scored a century and eight fifties in the 109 One Day Internationals he played for West Indies.
The 33-year-old cricketer is excited to have been given a chance to play alongside some of the other international stars and wishes to provide entertainment to the masses in the upcoming matches. "Twenty20 is the most exciting form of the game that you have right now and the teams are here to really enjoy themselves," Powell added. The International XI is led by the former Sri Lankan skipper, Sanath Jayasuriya, and managed by Alvin Kallicharan, the former West Indies batsman.