Pakistani world record-holding all-rounder Sohail Tanvir returns to Hong Kong in February after signing up for City Kaitak to play in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz.
The 32-year-old captained Pakistan to the final of October’s Hong Kong World Sixes and the left-armer with a strong T20 reputation is hoping to help City Kaitak go one better than their runners-up position at the 2017 Blitz.
“I am happy to be a part of City Kaitak for the Blitz and look forward to playing in Hong Kong again. Hong Kong is a great place where cricket is developing well,” said Sohail.
He is the first international player to be announced by Kaitak, who lost to Kowloon Cantons in this year’s final. The Rawalpindi-born Sohail wrote himself into the record books in August when he took five wickets for the loss of three runs for Guyana in the Caribbean Premier League.
It remains the best bowling performance in terms of economy in T20 cricket.
Sohail will be supported by a strong squad of local players. The team have retained captain Aizaz Khan and Waqas Barkat and in October’s draft were able to pick Hong Kong players Anshuman Rath and Jamie Atkinson.
Also in the squad are Manjinder Singh, Ishtiaq Muhammad, Courtney Kruger, Raag Kapur, Mudassar Hussain and Siefgried Wai.
Relief for teams with 2018 Hong Kong T20 Blitz to be played over six days
City Kaitak are determined to go all the way from February 6-11 at Mission Road and win the Blitz for the first time. They came close in March this year but fell short against the Cantons.
They hope players of the calibre of Sohail can give them the edge next year.
“We are delighted to have Sohail Tanvir with City Kaitak,” said City Kaitak owner Sushil Kumar. “Sohail is a top T20 player with a world record to his name. He will surely raise the standard of the tournament.
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Australia’s Chris Lynn, who recently signed a million-dollar contract in the Big Bash League, will represent Hung Hom JD Jaguars at the Blitz while defending champions Cantons have brought back West Indian big hitter Dwayne Smith.
Also taking part in the tournament are Galaxy Gladiators Lantau and Hong Kong Island United.
Next year’s tournament will take place over six days and has been brought forward by one month to be held in February.
The inaugural 2015 Blitz was scheduled over three days but was mostly washed out by rain.