Lahore Qalandar’s called kiwi all-rounder James Franklin from PSL Draft. Franklin anxiously waiting to playing second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which going to starts at Dubai from 9th February. In a video message 36-year old Franklin said he’s looking forward to getting out to Dubai and play his part in the 2nd season of PSL.
“He looking forward to Dubai and being part of PSL for the 1st time. He also looking forward to out there in a couple of weeks in the warm sunshine. He has experience of 38 T20Is playing with New Zealand he thanked fans and supporters for their messages. He thanked everyone for all the best wishes, obviously it made me deeply encouraged with Lahore Qalandar,” he said “I can’t wait to starting it. I looking forward to more support during PSL.
James Franklin has played for New Zealand 110 ODIs 38 T20Is and in 31 Tests, also played for teams like Mumbai Indians, Adelaide Strikers, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados Tridents, Essex, Gloucestershire, Glamorgan, Wellington and Middlesex in T20 leagues between 2001 and 2016.
James Franklin started his career as a left-arm medium-fast bowler for New Zealand who can swing the ball, before growing an effective all rounder in limited-overs cricket. He induced to international cricket when New Zealand suffered a run of injuries, his one-day debut was in 2000-01 and played two home Tests against Pakistan. but he failed to make an impact and lost his place. He back to domestic cricket and worked on his batting, and make come back.
replacing the injured Shane Bond. He played in the third Test at Trent Bridge, and take 6 wickets, he awarded Man of the Match for his match winning performance 5 for 42 and bowl out England for just 101 runs. Franklin growth as a regular in the New Zealand side, contributing with bat and ball. He is number two Kiwi bowlers who take a Test hat trick match against Bangladesh in 2004. In between Australia’s tour in March 2005, Franklin got his career best bowling figures of 6 for 119.
Pakistan Super League going to start from 9th February, 5 teams participating in the tournament. Total 24 match will be played in three venues in between 9th February to 5th march. Islamabad United was the champion in first season.