ABBOTTABAD: Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman said on Sunday that the Lahore Qalandars’ development programme was an amazing opportunity for youth.
While speaking to media, Zaman said through the programme, talent from far-flung areas will have a chance to shine.
“These areas have a lot of talent, however, a lack of facilities holds people back from showcasing their talent. The Rising Stars programme gives them a platform to showcase their talent,” he said.
On the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and playing for the Lahore Qalandars’ franchise, Zaman said the league gave him an opportunity to improve his game.
“I learned a lot while sharing the dressing room with some of the top players from Lahore Qalandars.”
“Not only did I get a chance to play with some of the top players I got to play against them,” he added. “Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and I all came into the spotlight because of PSL.”
The 28-year-old added the reason behind his success is hard work.
“I try to perform my best in every match,” he said. “I do not run after individual targets.”
“I play from match to match and series to series.”
About the upcoming Asia Cup encounter against India, the record-smashing batsman said that he will try to replicate his Champions Trophy innings against India.
12-YEAR-OLD’S DREAM COMES TRUE:
In line with their mission to help aspiring cricketers achieve their dreams, Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars made a 12-year-old boy’s wish come true.
Zia-ur-Rehman, an aspiring Qalandar, travelled from Battagram to appear in trials for Lahore Qalandars’ players development programme in Abbottabad on Sunday.
As soon he came to the nets to show off his skills, his confidence caught the attention of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, who were there to conduct the trials.
They decided to test the young batsman by bowling to him, and lauded his skills and confidence.
“It was my dream moment to face them,” Zia said. “I want to play for Pakistan and I know that only Lahore Qalandars can support me.”
The youngster also prepared a song in Pashtu language to express his love for Lahore Qalandars. The punchline of the Pashtu song translated as “Insha’Allah, this time Lahore Qalandars will become champions.”
Following his appearance in the trials, the young batsman also got some useful tips from Fakhar Zaman.