Legends League Cricket is a great concept for all legends to keep playing, renew friendships and resume the battle they had when they played international cricket.
nutmeg: Former Pakistani player Mohammed Hafeez calls the ongoing Legends League Cricket Tournament in Oman a very special tournament, a view his opponent Kevin O’Brien seems to agree with.
Hafeez is part of the Asian Lions squad that defeated O’Brien’s World Giants in the Twenty20 event, and despite the rivalry that both sides can show each other on the pitch, they couldn’t be more wrong.
“Above all, as a cricket fan, I have enjoyed this match, where all the legends of the game – many of them top stars of the world – are once again on the ground and showing their skills. I’m so happy and it’s so fun to watch them,” Hafeez said at his post-match press conference.
“The level of competition may not be that high, but to get back to the ground, make the effort to play and show their skills again, it’s something very special to see them bowling and hitting,” he added. he to it.
Hafeez’s Lions defeated the World Giants by six wickets. After the Lions set a score of 209/4, the Giants fell just short in their pursuit, finishing in 205/7. It was in a way a double whammy for ex-Ireland international O’Brien, who missed both his century and a win, after a top score of 95 runs off 46 balls.
“It was a really good wicket and I really enjoyed hitting there. Unfortunately we couldn’t defend the score, but we’ll be back tomorrow,” said O’Brien.
The all-rounder shared his thoughts on what the tournament meant to him, saying: “It’s brilliant: you can see the standard is still very good … the batters are hitting really well and the bowlers are still trying their best. I think that it’s a great concept for all the legends to continue playing, renew friendships they made and resume the fights they had when they played international cricket, it’s a really good concept.
“The fans seem to enjoy it too. As a kid growing up in Ireland I saw a lot of test cricket on TV,” he added. “You’ve seen Shoaib Akhtar come in and bowl incredibly fast, you’ve watched Mohammed Yousuf play, and I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to play against these guys over the years when I played for Ireland, to play with them again is a big challenge.”
O’Brien praised his teammates, adding: “To play for the World Giants, with the likes of Ryan Sidebottom – a World Cup winner with England, Kevin Pietersen – one of the greatest batsmen of all time, and you see Morne and Albie Morkel from South Africa, so it’s great to be able to play with these legends too.”
Echoing the Irishman’s sentiments, Hafeez chimed in with: “Well, the intensity level isn’t that high, but personally I’m here to revisit these legends. I’m so happy to be a part of this competition… I don’t think we should be more critical of whether someone is doing well or not. It is a wonderful initiative and I am personally very happy and would like to congratulate the organizers who had this mentality to bring all these players together.
“As a fan of the game, I’m very happy,” he continued. “As a cricketer, I think this is great entertainment for the fans. They get to see again the players they’ve watched before, like [Muttiah] Muralitharan, Shoaib Akhtar, other players like Kevin Pietersen, these are people we all idolized, and to see them again as a fan I’m so happy.”