Pakistan’s Faisalabad Wolves received visas to participate in the Champions League T20 in India and team manager Haroon Rasheed expressed confidence about his squad's safety in the country.
"Our players are very excited about playing in front of Indian crowds and we have no security worries at all because our Board has cleared us to go to India and we know we will be well looked after by the organisers," he said before the team’s departure to India.
The Faisalabad team will play in the qualifying round from September 17 to seek a berth in the main rounds.
Last year Pakistan's national T20 champions, Sialkot Stallions failed to qualify for the main rounds after the Champions League was held in South Africa.
Rasheed also said that his team has the quality to progress to the latter stages of the tournament.
"We have a good, balanced side, ideal for T20 cricket and Misbah-ul-Haq and Saeed Ajmal bring in a lot of experience to the side," manager Haroon Rasheed said.
Misbah, Ajmal and young allrounder Ehsan Adil will join the team from Zimbabwe.
Haroon, a former Test batsman who has remained chief selector, coach and manager of the senior team said it was an ideal opportunity for Faisalabad to showcase the T20 talent in Pakistan cricket.
"Pakistani players are popular in India and I have told the players this is a great opportunity for you to show the Indian people the T20 talent we have and why our players should be in the IPL as well," he said.
Haroon said the Faisalabad team had trained hard for the Champions League and initial reports that they would not get visas for India had disappointed them.
"But it is a great development that we were issued visas and we are going to play in India now," Haroon added.
"Our visit will hopefully play its role in improving relations between the two countries and also lead to a revival of bilateral cricket ties," he added.