Dec 312017
Finding Salman Irshad was like dream coming true: Aaqib Javed

Aaqib says that the moment he saw Salman bowling in the nets, he realised that this bowler has potential to perform for Pakistan cricket. — Geo NewsKARACHI: Aaqib Javed, the head coach of PSL team Lahore Qalandars, has hailed the talent of Salman Irshad, the team’s new bowling sensation from Kashmir.Aaqib said that the moment he saw Salman bowling in the nets, he realised that this bowler has potential to perform for Pakistan cricket. “I saw him bowling at 145kmph during Lahore Qalandars’ Rising Stars trials in Azad Kashmir and that very moment I decided to pick him,” Aaqib said. “There’s no doubt that after fine tuning and some training, he’ll be able to bowl at speed of more than 150kmph,” the former bowler and member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning squad added. He said that the inclusion of a player from Kashmir is matter of pride not only for him, but also for the Lahore Qalandars’ team, and for the PSL as well. “Finding him was like a dream coming true for us,” Aqib said.“We wanted a bowler of this kind, a bowler with strong action and pace, a bowler who can change mindset of the players from that region,” the former Pakistan pacer said of Irshad.22-year-old Salman Irshad was included in Lahore Qalandars extended squad earlier as 21st member of the team by the franchise. He is inducted as talent hunt player by the franchise.Salman was spotted during Lahore Qalandars’ trials in Kashmir. He is currently in [Read More…]

Sep 012016
Lahore Qalandars out to hunt talent in DG Khan

DERA GHAZI KHAN: The float of Jazz rising star Lahore Qalandars has been in Dera Ghazi (DG) Khan to hunt new talent after thousands of young cricketers got themselves registered for the trials. Nearly 7000 young cricketers from rural and urban areas of DG Khan have got themselves registered for the trials, aspiring to join Lahore Qalandars, one of the five franchises of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Hundreds of players appeared in trials on the first of day of camp at Qadria Ground here. “The youth in DG Khan is extremely talented as far as cricket is concerned,” said Aaqib Javed, director operations cricket of Lahore Qalandars, while speaking to Geo News. Qalandars’ icon Mudassir Nazar said the talent was lying hidden here, which the franchise is now bringing to light. The PSL franchise will organise a cricket tournament in Lahore after selecting 16-member teams from eight major cities across Punjab. Qalandars will hunt talent in the tournament to pick skilled cricketers for its final squad. Click for detailed story

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