The Houston Hurricanes, a team from the Central Division of Minor League Cricket, have made history by announcing a tour to Pakistan to face off against the Quetta Gladiators in the National Stadium of Karachi. This will be the first time a team from the United States has played against a Pakistan Super League franchise. The series, which will be a best of three match T20, is set to take place on January 27-29, 2023.
The Hurricanes will be traveling with a squad consisting of players from their 2021 roster as well as professionals contracted to Major League Cricket who reside in the United States. The players making the trip include Nauman Anwer, Shayan Jahangir, Lahiru Milantha, Shehan Jayasuriya, Nosthush Kenjige, Usman Rafiq, Mohammad Mohsin, and Mathew Tromp. These are expected to give a tough competition to the Quetta Gladiators.
The Quetta Gladiators, who are one of the top teams in the Pakistan Super League, are known for their success in the competition, having won the tournament in 2019 and finishing as runners-up in 2016 and 2017. The team is made up of some of the best cricketers in the world
The tour will be marked by a formal opening ceremony with special guests including the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, as well as the owner of the Quetta Gladiators and other dignitaries. This event will be a historic moment for American cricket as it will open new doors for players to compete at an elite level.
The Minor League Cricket Tournament Director, Zubin Surkari, expressed his pride in seeing the Houston Hurricanes take this innovative step in high performance development by heading to Pakistan for this series. This tour will provide an opportunity for American cricket players to showcase their skills and talents on an international level, which will lead to a greater exposure and more opportunities for them in the future. The owners of the Houston Hurricanes, Tanweer Ahmed and Mangesh Chaudhari, also expressed their excitement for the tour. They stated that it will be a landmark in the continued rapid growth of the franchise, and they are proud to represent Minor League Cricket in a series against top-class opposition from the Pakistan Super League.The tour is also expected to boost the popularity of cricket in the United States, and will pave the way for more international tours in the future. Overall, will be a memorable experience for all the players and fans involved.