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    [VIDEOS] LQ sends Yasir Jan for a training and coaching program at MCC and Watford Town Cricket Club

    Ambidextrous Bowling Prodigy Going to MCC

    The Pakistan Super League team from Lahore, the Lahore Qalandars initiated a talent hunt canvassing all of Punjab in its first year of inception and set the bar high for anyone wanting to attempt such a comprehensive activity in the future. This hunt, dubbed the “Rising Stars” initiative, returned fruits of over 113,000 registrations from aspiring talent at eight locations across Punjab. “When we bought this franchise, the vision was to one day conduct such a massive activity on an annual basis that would one day form the pipeline to not only Pakistan cricket but a pathway to a brighter, greater Pakistan through empowered youth. We now stand at the threshold of being able to do so sustainably and I am proud of the team who has made this happen and trust they will only grow it further,” said a beaming Fawad Rana, owner of the Lahore Qalandars, when contacted for comment on the Rising Stars.

    An activity spanning almost two months across the eight stations, took its toll but also gave the team some spectacular talent. “Each one on the organizing team lost at least a stone during the hunt but it has been worth it – we found gems like Irfan and Yasir, and rediscovered some the system had lost too. I believe this Rising Stars initiative will continue on to become Pakistan’s future pipeline of cricket talent,” Aqib Javed, Director of Cricket for Lahore Qalandars added about the event.

    During the Rising Stars talent hunt, of the total players registered, the selected few are put into squads of 16 to form a team representing each city. The best of these 128 aspirants in 2016 were selected to form a match-tested 16-person squad to represent the Lahore Qalandars Rising Stars in an unprecedented and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Sydney and participate in a tri-series against the best youth players of the region as well as play in the Emirates Twenty20. Four of these Rising Stars got the chance to be part of PSL 2016 – M. Irfan, Jr., Saif Badar, Ghulam Muddassar and Usman Qadir, of whom Irfan, a brick-maker from Faisalabad, featured in 7 of a total of 8 Qalandars matches!

    Jazz and PCB along with Royal Palm supported the initiative and played a major role in empowering the talented youth of Punjab, to the extent that the Final ceremony Chief Guest, Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, lauded the effort as tremendous, even citing as an activity the scale of which governments execute.

    Through this talent hunt, the Lahore Qalandars came across a unique bowler, Yasir Jan – the first ambidextrous quick bowler of Pakistan. A mercurial individual who is able to bowl exceptionally quick with both hands with great intent without any formal coaching, the Qalandars saw an opportunity to nurture and develop this talent into something potentially great for the nation. In a continuation of that vision, Yasir Jan is now being sent for a cricket grooming and training program in Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Watford Town Cricket Club where his skills will be harnessed and he will receive extensive cricket training from the best the cricketing world has to offer at the home of cricket. CEO of Lahore Qalandars, Atif Rana, speaking on Yasir Jan, had this to say: “Yasir is a special talent, the only ambidextrous fast bowler of Pakistan. His development is extremely important to both us as well as to Pakistani cricket. Not every individual with raw talent is discovered, and even less so, encouraged. We want to ensure Yasir has every opportunity to develop as a cricketer and an individual hone his unique talent. Our alliance with MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) allows us to send him to England for that development and cricket training.”

    29th July - 15th September - current period

    Training was supposed to start in May but due to visa processing. He left in July.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Ambidextrous Bowling Prodigy Going to MCC

    The Pakistan Super League team from Lahore, the Lahore Qalandars initiated a talent hunt canvassing all of Punjab in its first year of inception and set the bar high for anyone wanting to attempt such a comprehensive activity in the future. This hunt, dubbed the “Rising Stars” initiative, returned fruits of over 113,000 registrations from aspiring talent at eight locations across Punjab. “When we bought this franchise, the vision was to one day conduct such a massive activity on an annual basis that would one day form the pipeline to not only Pakistan cricket but a pathway to a brighter, greater Pakistan through empowered youth. We now stand at the threshold of being able to do so sustainably and I am proud of the team who has made this happen and trust they will only grow it further,” said a beaming Fawad Rana, owner of the Lahore Qalandars, when contacted for comment on the Rising Stars.

    An activity spanning almost two months across the eight stations, took its toll but also gave the team some spectacular talent. “Each one on the organizing team lost at least a stone during the hunt but it has been worth it – we found gems like Irfan and Yasir, and rediscovered some the system had lost too. I believe this Rising Stars initiative will continue on to become Pakistan’s future pipeline of cricket talent,” Aqib Javed, Director of Cricket for Lahore Qalandars added about the event.

    During the Rising Stars talent hunt, of the total players registered, the selected few are put into squads of 16 to form a team representing each city. The best of these 128 aspirants in 2016 were selected to form a match-tested 16-person squad to represent the Lahore Qalandars Rising Stars in an unprecedented and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Sydney and participate in a tri-series against the best youth players of the region as well as play in the Emirates Twenty20. Four of these Rising Stars got the chance to be part of PSL 2016 – M. Irfan, Jr., Saif Badar, Ghulam Muddassar and Usman Qadir, of whom Irfan, a brick-maker from Faisalabad, featured in 7 of a total of 8 Qalandars matches!

    Jazz and PCB along with Royal Palm supported the initiative and played a major role in empowering the talented youth of Punjab, to the extent that the Final ceremony Chief Guest, Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, lauded the effort as tremendous, even citing as an activity the scale of which governments execute.

    Through this talent hunt, the Lahore Qalandars came across a unique bowler, Yasir Jan – the first ambidextrous quick bowler of Pakistan. A mercurial individual who is able to bowl exceptionally quick with both hands with great intent without any formal coaching, the Qalandars saw an opportunity to nurture and develop this talent into something potentially great for the nation. In a continuation of that vision, Yasir Jan is now being sent for a cricket grooming and training program in Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Watford Town Cricket Club where his skills will be harnessed and he will receive extensive cricket training from the best the cricketing world has to offer at the home of cricket. CEO of Lahore Qalandars, Atif Rana, speaking on Yasir Jan, had this to say: “Yasir is a special talent, the only ambidextrous fast bowler of Pakistan. His development is extremely important to both us as well as to Pakistani cricket. Not every individual with raw talent is discovered, and even less so, encouraged. We want to ensure Yasir has every opportunity to develop as a cricketer and an individual hone his unique talent. Our alliance with MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) allows us to send him to England for that development and cricket training.”
    All aesthetics and nothing more !! when you realize that Lahore Qalandars have been the worst franchise in both the seasons combined do you actually fathom how pointless this entire charade was. These talent hunt programs never will give you a proper cricketers whatsoever. We tried this same experiment with Irfan and it got us nowhere and now we're basically trying the same formula again via route B

    If we really want to change our cricket we would need to invest in Institutions and grass root level structure and only then we'd actually generate some sort of a player pipeline.

    All our current top FC players are proven domestic performers and these types of seasoned campaigners going through many systems enable us to produce a high qualify finished product aka a test cricketer

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedwaqas92 View Post
    All aesthetics and nothing more !! when you realize that Lahore Qalandars have been the worst franchise in both the seasons combined do you actually fathom how pointless this entire charade was. These talent hunt programs never will give you a proper cricketers whatsoever. We tried this same experiment with Irfan and it got us nowhere and now we're basically trying the same formula again via route B

    If we really want to change our cricket we would need to invest in Institutions and grass root level structure and only then we'd actually generate some sort of a player pipeline.

    All our current top FC players are proven domestic performers and these types of seasoned campaigners going through many systems enable us to produce a high qualify finished product aka a test cricketer
    Wait till these kids start to mature and you'll realize why Qalandars are ahead of every other PSL team. These are long term investments and will pay off.

    The top 16 selected from this talent hunt are part of a year long Qalandars program. This isn't just one off and done like other talent hunt camps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Wait till these kids start to mature and you'll realize why Qalandars are ahead of every other PSL team. These are long term investments and will pay off.

    The top 16 selected from this talent hunt are part of a year long Qalandars program. This isn't just one off and done like other talent hunt camps.
    Irrespective of whether the Qalandars do well or not, if they can start discovering and developing players that go on to help the National Team they are a top team in my book.

    I usually don't refer to football while trying to make a point about cricket, but in the EPL particularly the big teams in the past two decades haven't really nurtured their own talents. The roots of the golden English team of the 2010's could be traced back to academies of clubs like West Ham, Leeds United, Southampton FC etc.

    Point being that even though these clubs during the past two decades never achieved much of anything, in fact all three got relegated at some points, their youth development work and academy status is unparalleled in English football.

    LQ legacy can be similar to these three atleast in the earlier parts of it's so far brief history. The opportunities and exposure for Fakhar Zaman paid great dividends when the Champions Trophy came around. Qalandars can finish last again and give another talent opportunity like they did to Fakhar and they will be alright in my book.

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    Good stuff. Is Yasir going alone or are they sending the others as well?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Good stuff. Is Yasir going alone or are they sending the others as well?
    From the press release, it sounds like just Yasir is being sent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedwaqas92 View Post
    All aesthetics and nothing more !! when you realize that Lahore Qalandars have been the worst franchise in both the seasons combined do you actually fathom how pointless this entire charade was. These talent hunt programs never will give you a proper cricketers whatsoever. We tried this same experiment with Irfan and it got us nowhere and now we're basically trying the same formula again via route B

    If we really want to change our cricket we would need to invest in Institutions and grass root level structure and only then we'd actually generate some sort of a player pipeline.

    All our current top FC players are proven domestic performers and these types of seasoned campaigners going through many systems enable us to produce a high qualify finished product aka a test cricketer
    The funny thing is that in the Lahore qalandars tournament for emerging players the best players were those already in domestic cricket. For eg this Irfan guy was already an fc cricketer


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    Watford Town cricket club! I've played against them! Good news though, ambidextrous pacer is every captain's dream, hope he is accurate as well though.

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    Good initiative, LQ's owner seems to be a genuine cricket lover with long term focus. Investment on youth takes lots of good wills, because it doesn't pay back quickly & doesn't ensure garunteed succes. Most T20 franchise are run by people more interested in showmanship than cricket.

    Personally, I think PAK should send young batsmen to MCC academy (or Centre for Cricket Excellence, Brisbane) than bowlers, because there is enough domestic resources to mentor such youngster pacers or spinners, but not sure about batting. May be it was a bit of image building effort as well, since the kid is hyped as boy wonder. Still great initiative - hope at least at one arm he can become a Wahab or Gul. Anything better will be bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Good initiative, LQ's owner seems to be a genuine cricket lover with long term focus. Investment on youth takes lots of good wills, because it doesn't pay back quickly & doesn't ensure garunteed succes. Most T20 franchise are run by people more interested in showmanship than cricket.

    Personally, I think PAK should send young batsmen to MCC academy (or Centre for Cricket Excellence, Brisbane) than bowlers, because there is enough domestic resources to mentor such youngster pacers or spinners, but not sure about batting. May be it was a bit of image building effort as well, since the kid is hyped as boy wonder. Still great initiative - hope at least at one arm he can become a Wahab or Gul. Anything better will be bonus.
    I think, they will send batsman too and have sent. The camp in Aus must have helped Saif Badar and co. And hopefully few will be tried in Sa team too, like Rana Fawad said. Also, another thing I like is, and a thing you don't see in franchise cricket much, is continuity. Despite finishing last two seasons continious, they are contuning with Pady Upton and Baz. Also, the other infrastructure of Aqib etc. And this is the continuity will allow LQ management to plan ahead and plan big. With the big picture in mind. I remeber, Gary Kristen complaning when he was acked bu Delhi that franchises don't give you opportunity tto improve year on year. You can't plan long term etc. Not the case in LQ.

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    Last edited by Abdullah719; 7th August 2017 at 19:22.


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    Good to see this but it worries me that they are having to send a young Pakistani cricketer outisde the country to get some decent coaching.

    What does that say about local coaching talent in Pakistan.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Good to see this but it worries me that they are having to send a young Pakistani cricketer outisde the country to get some decent coaching.

    What does that say about local coaching talent in Pakistan.
    More to do with analysing and getting the right judgment passed. Don't think a local Pakistani coach can analyse and provide solid judgement based on the video tapes.

    We can certainly do well by keeping him away from Aqib Javed and the likes.


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    Looks bang mediocre

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Looks bang mediocre
    He isn't special with either hand tbf he's only making headlines because he can bowl with both arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Looks bang mediocre
    how can u say that??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Looks bang mediocre
    100%

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    @Chief Destroyer views ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadida97 View Post
    They're working on alignment.


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    Looks very average in these videos. Im hoping he is bowling very much within himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Googly View Post
    Looks very average in these videos. Im hoping he is bowling very much within himself.
    Guys please, this neither was his full run up nor it was his full pace. I am not saying he is extraordinary or something like that but it was just his shortened run up while working on his bowling action.

    I would have liked him to be atleast outstanding at one arm. Lets see how is he if he plays some cricket.

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