PCB has asked Sialkot Stallions to select the same set of players that played in the national T20.

The PCB has asked Sialkot Stallions to select the same set of players that represented the team in the national T20 and super eights championships last season, during their campaign in the Champions League qualifying tournament in South Africa.

It will be the first time that a Pakistani outfit will be appearing in the Champions League scheduled to be held in October.

Sialkot Stallions which has been led by former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik for the last few seasons has to appear in the qualifying tournament to qualify for the main round of the Champions League also in South Africa.

Sialkot which has been dominant in the domestic T20 competitions since they were launched five years ago include international players such as Malik, Rana Naved, Imran Nazir, Shakeel Ansar, Abdul Rehman, Reza Hasan and Qaiser Abbas, who played a Test against England in 2000.

Pacer Mohammad Asif also played for Sialkot but is no longer eligible as he is serving a five year ban for spot fixing imposed on him by the International Cricket Council.

Interestingly, four of the Sialkot squad are presently members of either the Pakistan one-day or T20 squads including Malik, Nazir, Reza and Rehman.

The official said the association is trying to arrange for some sponsorship money to send the team early to South Africa as most of the players had never played before in South Africa.