Australian wicket-keeper batsman Ben Dunk is all stirred up about his appearance in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, playing for the Qalanders. The tournament is set to roll out on January 28 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
The 33-year old player said that he is thrilled to play alongside Shahid Afridi who he has been admiring since the time he started playing cricket.
“Shahid Afridi is an amazing cricketer and he’ll have an amazing legacy. I have grown up watching Shahid Afridi. He just keeps going and going. And he’s still playing cricket as well as he ever has. I have watched him for a long period, so I am looking forward to seeing him up close and watch how he goes about it,” Ben Dunk said in a statement.
Along with Afridi, Dunk’s teammates include star players with the likes of Tom Banton and Chris Jordan. Speaking on playing in the same team as them, Ban said that he is eagerly looking forward to it.
“Chris Jordan is a wonderful bowler, who has played all over the world and he has taken the most wickets in T20Is for England so I am looking forward to playing with him. Tom Banton is a young guy, who is making his mark on the game. We have got a host of players, who have performed well in T20 cricket,” Dunk said.
“I am excited about the format that we are playing this week in T10. I think there’s certainly space for it and room for it in the calendar. I just think that the more cricket we have on, the better it is. It doesn’t really matter what format of the game the kids fall in love with. The more important thing is that the kids are seeing it and falling in love with the game.” he concluded.
Earlier this month, Bunk terminated his contract with his BBL team Melbourne Stars, one year before the expiration of his contract.
The Qalanders will take on Pune Devils in the fourth match of the Abu Dhabi T10 League on January 29 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Qalanders squad: Chris Jordan, Philip Salt, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Sultan Ahmed, Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, Tom Banton, Umaid Asif, Fayyaz Ahmed, Kurshid Anwar, Sharjeel Khan, Zeeshan Ashraf, Asif Ali, Sohail Akhtar, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Taha, Ahmad Daniyal