Watch: Former stars pick their favorite teams in the National T20 Cup


Lahore: Former Pakistan cricket team stars have selected their favorite teams in the National T20 Cup, starting from September 30 in Multan.

Opener Imran Nazir, former wicket-keeper Moin Khan, former batsman Ramiz Raja, former captain Rashid Latif, legendary off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, and Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in Tests Younis Khan have expressed their keen interest in the event.

Imran is backing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rashid and Moin are looking forward to the quality of cricket. Ramiz and Ajmal believe Northern have the firepower to defend their title, whereas Younis terms Balochistan his favorite side in the event.

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Ramiz Raja

“Excitement is in the air, and we can almost feel it. The National T20 tournament is just around the corner, and it is going to get bigger and better this year,” Ramiz said.

“I feel the Northern side will again be a strong side, and it will be difficult to beat them because their captain Imad Wasim is good. They have Shadab Khan, as vice-captain who is progressing very well in the white-ball cricket but I will have my eye on Haider Ali. He is becoming my favorite player because of his fearless batting,” he added.

Rashid Latif

“Northern have Mohammad Wasim as coach, Imad Wasim as captain while they also have Mohammad Amir. Haider Ali is very exciting. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have Abdul Razzaq as the new coach, they have Mohammad Rizwan as captain. Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik which makes them a richly experienced side.”

“I am hoping to see some young players make their name while spinners like Shadab Khan can regain form along with Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Asghar. Kashif Bhatti would appear for Balochistan. I really see this is a quality event and we all should support the tournament and make it a success.”

Younis Khan

“I am supporting Balochistan cricket team. This team consists of senior and young exciting players, and I hope under Yasir Shah and star player Bismillah Khan; the team will give very good performances. My best wishes are with the team in the tournament.”

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Moin Khan

“I want to wish all the teams best of luck for the upcoming season. The National T20 Cup is about to begin, I have seen the six squads and I feel it will be a really exciting event; this tournament provides an opportunity for young players to make an impression. Players should not let go of this opportunity, they should avail the opportunity and serve Pakistan.”

Saeed Ajmal

“I am backing Northern as they have a very exciting side. In Imad, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir they have rich experience and quality. They also have some experienced players both in their batting and bowling departments who understand well the demands of T20 cricket.”

“What makes them a formidable unit is the presence of promising youngsters like Haider Ali and Rohail Nazir who have both progressed remarkably well in the last year.”

Imran Nazir

“National T20 Cup is taking place and I am supporting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The side has Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman. The team will be coached by our legend Abdul Razzaq. I hope the way Razzaq used to perform for the team, he will take out the same performance from his team players. My best wishes are with the team.”