Benoni Zalmi to face Shah Rukh Khan’s Cape Town Knight Riders in Global T20

first_imgJaved Afridi’s ultimate dream of having a T20 match between champion teams of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL) may have taken a backseat for now but South Africa’s Global T20 League has given the Pakistani entrepreneur an opportunity to pit his team against a team owned by none other than Shah Rukh Khan.Afridi, who’s Benoni Zalmi team logo was launched at a high school in the suburb east of Johannesburg on Friday, is building the match against SRK’s Cape Town Knight Riders as a virtual Indo-Pak match which in his words would be a “marquee clash” in the first T20 global league in the continent.”Today was a big day for me, personally. There was so much enthusiasm amongst the locals. These people from Benoni are the real owners of our franchise and not me,” Afridi told India Today from South Africa.Posters of Benoni vs Cape Town being ‘the league’s version of Pak vs India’ and carrying photographs of Afridi and Shah Rukh are already doing the rounds in social media. The Benoni Zalmi team will be led by Proteas opener and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.”I own Peshawar Zalmi team in the PSL and so badly wished that IPL champions and my team, the PSL winners, should have three-match T20 series. Unfortunately, the present circumstances don’t allow that to materialise. Inshallah, this could be a reality in future. But for now, I am happy and excited to see my Benoni team taking on SRK’s Cape Town Knight Riders. There is so much diaspora from both the countries in South Africa and neighbouring Zimbabwe too. This will be like an India vs Pakistan game. And, let us not forget that Delhi Daredevlis owner GMR Sports also own the Johannesburg franchise. So, there will be a lot of action in store,” said Afridi.advertisementThe player draft is scheduled to be held on Saturday with Cricket South Africa (CSA) claiming that almost 400 players from 10 countries have confirmed their interest to participate in the new league.last_img read more