ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistan cricket team captain Zaheer Abbas Wednesday left for Russia on a special invitation to introduce cricket there.

Zaheer will spend around one week there where cricket lovers of Moscow will take full advantage of Zaheer's international experience.

Talking to The Nation, Zaheer said: “It is not only a great honour for me but also for the entire nation that the Russian people, who are not even much familiar with the game, invited me and want my suggestions and guidance to start work on introducing cricket in the country.”

“I will do whatever I can to help Russian people in establishing cricket infrastructure not only in Moscow but also to the entire region, which will help cricket a lot. The people of Russia are well built by nature and have great know how of various sports and now also have passion to learn and promote this game,” Zaheer added.

He said Pakistanis had helped a number of countries in introducing this game. “I will do my best to provide my services wherever and whenever cricket lovers in any part of the world required them. They will always find me ready to help them in sharing and imparting all my knowledge to them.” “I will stay for a week or so in Moscow and then return home as I have a number of commitments in Pakistan and also have to perform my official duties as member of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) interim committee,” Zaheer concluded.