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    Lahore Qalandars announces third edition of Rising Stars Tournament

    Lahore – 2nd June, 2018: Lahore Qalandars, Pakistan Super League’s most avidly followed franchise, has announced the 3rd Edition of the Rising Stars initiative across Punjab, Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and this time including Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK) and a team for overseas Pakistanis; Pardesi Rising Stars.

    This is the first time such a platform is being provided to overseas Pakistanis where they can come forward, showcase their talent and be a part of Lahore Qalandars. Rising Stars got a massive response throughout the last two seasons, garnering over 460k aspiring cricketers from across Punjab and AJK and Lahore Qalandars aims to make this year even bigger.

    Lahore Qalandars wishes to transform the local cricketing landscape in the coming months through this development program. In the 3rd Edition of Rising Stars, the horizon expands as Qalandars in addition to Punjab and AJK also aim to provide this promising platform to Gilgit and KPK which would lead on to their participation in Sydney Tournament, PSL and many more opportunities to come.

    Also, due to massive demand from overseas Pakistanis and their wish to represent Lahore Qalandars, we have provided them a medium after working on it and coming up with the best IT solutions for over a year, so they can easily register for the trials.

    Fawad Rana, Chairman Lahore Qalandars: “Rising Stars has changed the lives of many talented youngsters and showcased their incredible talent to the world. We are back with the 3rd edition and hope to make it bigger than before which is why we would be conducting trials in Gilgit and KPK along with Punjab and AJK. Also, due to a huge demand from overseas Pakistanis and their wish to represent Lahore Qalandars, this year we are also including a team of overseas Pakistanis which would be called Pardesi Rising Stars. I’m very excited to introduce such an initiative for our overseas Pakistanis and I’m hopeful for a great response.”

    Director Cricket Operations & Head Coach Aqib Javed says,” Throughout the last two seasons we have seen some incredible talent and this time we are we are making it bigger by including overseas Pakistanis. I’m hopeful we will find many future stars in this season of Rising Stars.”

    “This initiative is a great opportunity for youngsters in Pakistan. Its wonderful to see how many lives have been changed through Lahore Qalandars’ Rising Stars Program and I hope it continues to grow in the future,” says Mentor Lahore Qalandars, Shoaib Akhtar.

    Advisor Lahore Qalandars, Inzaman-ul-Haq says,” I’m very happy to be a part of such and initiative which is giving a promising platform to our talented youngsters and now to overseas Pakistanis as well. I hope this initiative can continue to develop cricket in Pakistan.”

    Teams included in the 3rd edition of Rising Stars are: Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, KPK, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Lahore & Pardesi Rising Stars.

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    Most useless event going around

    Three years and the only players it has thrown up are mediocre to the boot. And to make it even worse, the so-called best finds of the event were players who are already part of the domestic system

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    Have they found any new talent?


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    Let's see if this will be more than just a PR exercise this year.

    In previous years, LQ have been more interested in gimmicks than genuine development. As a result a lot of the decent players missed out.

    If they fail to learn their lesson I get the feeling they will lose a lot of goodwill.

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    Although Rising Stars is a good initiative, but LQ is only a showoff hoopla. Which franchise has 7-8 coaches/advisors etc around their squad?
    Fawad Rana is only interested in making others happy rather than focus on development of his team.

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    Seriously what is the point of this tournament? If you are not going to induct new talent from here then why even bother having it?

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    Trials on going at Gilgit. Huge turnout apparently.

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    LAHORE QALANDARS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM RECEIVE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE IN GILGIT AS THOUSANDS OF PARTICIPANTS POUR IN FOR THE TALENT HUNT

    Gilgit: In its 3rd season, PSL’s franchise Lahore Qalandars on its quest to hunt for heroes among ordinary street cricketers began its journey with the crown jewel of Pakistan the City of Gilgit, where an overwhelming crowd of more than 6 thousand young aspirants poured from surrounding districts to display their talent, skills and interest to be a part of Pakistan’s mainstream domestic cricket in City Park.

    Player Development Programme initiative by Lahore Qalandars is in line with the franchise’s commitment to promote a fair pulsating sports culture in the country where the franchise provides pathways for identification of young players at grass root level and nurtures their progress to the top game.

    With inclusion of Gilgit Baltistan in Player Development Program, for the first time in Pakistan, the franchise scouted top talent from the valleys of Gilgit. The team on ground included Cricketing legends Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Akhtar, Aqib Javed and Yasir Shah. Having these motivating personalities on the field, interacting with the participants, sharing tips and tricks motivated the aspirants to up their game and try and impress the coaching panel for inclusion in Gilgit Qalandars. Minister Tourism Sports and Culture Gilgit-Baltistan Mr. Fida Khan and local Polo player Bulbul Jan nicknamed the king of Polo also came in their support for Lahore Qalandars initiative to bring cricket to Gilgit Baltistan. Secretary Interior Mr. Javed Akram, DC Gilgit Capt. (R) Sami-Ullah Farooq and their teams extended their full cooperation for the trials including security for the purpose.

    List of Selected players from Gilgit include:

    Asad Amin, Afaq Afridi, G Rehman, Kaleemullah, Awais Ahmed, M Nadeem, M Mubasher, M Sudaiz, Shoaib, Aswad, Mehroz, Ahsan Ali, Inayat, Asghar Ali, Yawar Bashir, Ikram, M Arfan.

    The Lahore Qalandars team is now headed to their 2nd stop at Muzaffarabad on 9th August to continue the hunt for the best nascent talent in the country. The franchise will conduct trials at 11 cities across Punjab, KPK, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to complete the formation of eight teams for a tournament from 31st August till 9th September.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    LAHORE QALANDARS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM RECEIVE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE IN GILGIT AS THOUSANDS OF PARTICIPANTS POUR IN FOR THE TALENT HUNT

    Gilgit: In its 3rd season, PSL’s franchise Lahore Qalandars on its quest to hunt for heroes among ordinary street cricketers began its journey with the crown jewel of Pakistan the City of Gilgit, where an overwhelming crowd of more than 6 thousand young aspirants poured from surrounding districts to display their talent, skills and interest to be a part of Pakistan’s mainstream domestic cricket in City Park.

    Player Development Programme initiative by Lahore Qalandars is in line with the franchise’s commitment to promote a fair pulsating sports culture in the country where the franchise provides pathways for identification of young players at grass root level and nurtures their progress to the top game.

    With inclusion of Gilgit Baltistan in Player Development Program, for the first time in Pakistan, the franchise scouted top talent from the valleys of Gilgit. The team on ground included Cricketing legends Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Akhtar, Aqib Javed and Yasir Shah. Having these motivating personalities on the field, interacting with the participants, sharing tips and tricks motivated the aspirants to up their game and try and impress the coaching panel for inclusion in Gilgit Qalandars. Minister Tourism Sports and Culture Gilgit-Baltistan Mr. Fida Khan and local Polo player Bulbul Jan nicknamed the king of Polo also came in their support for Lahore Qalandars initiative to bring cricket to Gilgit Baltistan. Secretary Interior Mr. Javed Akram, DC Gilgit Capt. (R) Sami-Ullah Farooq and their teams extended their full cooperation for the trials including security for the purpose.

    List of Selected players from Gilgit include:

    Asad Amin, Afaq Afridi, G Rehman, Kaleemullah, Awais Ahmed, M Nadeem, M Mubasher, M Sudaiz, Shoaib, Aswad, Mehroz, Ahsan Ali, Inayat, Asghar Ali, Yawar Bashir, Ikram, M Arfan.

    The Lahore Qalandars team is now headed to their 2nd stop at Muzaffarabad on 9th August to continue the hunt for the best nascent talent in the country. The franchise will conduct trials at 11 cities across Punjab, KPK, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to complete the formation of eight teams for a tournament from 31st August till 9th September.
    Are they just recycling players? I'm sure there was a Kaleemullah and M Nadeem last year, although they could just be namesakes etc.

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    LAHORE QALANDARS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM RECEIVE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE IN GILGIT AS THOUSANDS OF PARTICIPANTS POUR IN FOR THE TALENT HUNT

    Gilgit: In its 3rd season, PSL’s franchise Lahore Qalandars on its quest to hunt for heroes among ordinary street cricketers began its journey with the crown jewel of Pakistan the City of Gilgit, where an overwhelming crowd of more than 6 thousand young aspirants poured from surrounding districts to display their talent, skills and interest to be a part of Pakistan’s mainstream domestic cricket in City Park.

    Player Development Programme initiative by Lahore Qalandars is in line with the franchise’s commitment to promote a fair pulsating sports culture in the country where the franchise provides pathways for identification of young players at grass root level and nurtures their progress to the top game.

    With inclusion of Gilgit Baltistan in Player Development Program, for the first time in Pakistan, the franchise scouted top talent from the valleys of Gilgit. The team on ground included Cricketing legends Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Akhtar, Aqib Javed and Yasir Shah. Having these motivating personalities on the field, interacting with the participants, sharing tips and tricks motivated the aspirants to up their game and try and impress the coaching panel for inclusion in Gilgit Qalandars. Minister Tourism Sports and Culture Gilgit-Baltistan Mr. Fida Khan and local Polo player Bulbul Jan nicknamed the king of Polo also came in their support for Lahore Qalandars initiative to bring cricket to Gilgit Baltistan. Secretary Interior Mr. Javed Akram, DC Gilgit Capt. (R) Sami-Ullah Farooq and their teams extended their full cooperation for the trials including security for the purpose.

    List of Selected players from Gilgit include:

    Asad Amin, Afaq Afridi, G Rehman, Kaleemullah, Awais Ahmed, M Nadeem, M Mubasher, M Sudaiz, Shoaib, Aswad, Mehroz, Ahsan Ali, Inayat, Asghar Ali, Yawar Bashir, Ikram, M Arfan.

    The Lahore Qalandars team is now headed to their 2nd stop at Muzaffarabad on 9th August to continue the hunt for the best nascent talent in the country. The franchise will conduct trials at 11 cities across Punjab, KPK, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to complete the formation of eight teams for a tournament from 31st August till 9th September.

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    13-year-old ambidextrous bowler impresses at Muzaffarabad trials

    It looks like Lahore Qalandars have already started the search of their new star as the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise landed in Muzaffarabad for trails on thursday.

    It was a lucky day for young Hammad Baig, as he got the attention of batting great Inzamam-ul-Haq and legendary pacer Aaqib Javed. Hammad, a student of grade seven, was among the aspiring Qalandars who appeared at the open trials in Muzaffarabad.

    “It was very motivating for me to bowl in front of Inzamam. He encouraged me and suggested me to bowl more with my right arm,” said Hammad.

    He is the second ambidextrous bowler to be spotted by Lahore Qalandars, after Yasir Jan was picked by the franchise during the first edition of their widely acclaimed players development programme.

    The 13-year-old is the youngest among his four siblings. At the moment, he is playing cricket at club level and will continue to learn from every opportunity. His age might be a hurdle for Hammad to be part of a team from Kashmir, but Lahore Qalandars are determined to train him.

    “He can become a very good cricketer in the next few years. He is too young at the moment but we will take him under our umbrella to train him and transform him into a pro,” said Aaqib, Director of Cricket at Lahore Qalandars.

    https://www.brecorder.com/2018/08/09...andars-trails/
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    Everything Aqib tocuhes turns into dust

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    Awesome news, but not really a fan of hyping up someone being "ambidextrous".

    There was another guy who was sent to England to train a few years ago.

    Whatever happened to him?


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    Not this again...

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    Overseas Pakistanis? is the expectation for them to fly in for the trial on the 18th? interesting concept.

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    This is such a sideshow. A lot of people won't call it out because they look like they're attempting to find talent, but tell me, what does happen to these players? Are they mentored? Are they even the best talents?

    Last year, the only reason the guy was hyped was because he was ambidextrous. He will never play for Pakistan, he might never even play for Qalandars. This is not how you find or nurture youth. If they were serious, they'd have training camps set up for long intervals, find clubs for these "talents" that they found and help develop them.

    Now this is not their responsibility, but then again, if you say you're doing talent hunts, do them properly instead of trying to look good while doing nothing.

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    Fawad Rana is too emotional in his decision making. How he is persisting with Aqib as coach for Lahore Qalandars is beyond me after 3 disasterous seasons? Is he running an actual franchise or just having fun and merry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by InziRules View Post
    This is such a sideshow. A lot of people won't call it out because they look like they're attempting to find talent, but tell me, what does happen to these players? Are they mentored? Are they even the best talents?

    Last year, the only reason the guy was hyped was because he was ambidextrous. He will never play for Pakistan, he might never even play for Qalandars. This is not how you find or nurture youth. If they were serious, they'd have training camps set up for long intervals, find clubs for these "talents" that they found and help develop them.

    Now this is not their responsibility, but then again, if you say you're doing talent hunts, do them properly instead of trying to look good while doing nothing.
    Lol, what happened to Yasir Jan?

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    I find it funny to see Inzi and Shoaib not only working together in retirement but also to be at ease and merry in each other's company. I remember their rivalry from 2003 to 2007 and how Inzi despised him and wanted him out of the team at all costs

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    AJK: On its quest to create heroes among ordinary street cricketers the PSL’s franchise Lahore Qalandars made its second stop at Kashmir, where the franchise was received by thousands of young aspirants eager to showcase their talent. The franchise organized a series of bilateral trials at Muzaffarabad and Mirpur to hunt for undiscovered cricket talent in Kashmir for the 3rd season of its Player Development Program.

    Player Development Programme initiative by Lahore Qalandars is in line with the franchise’s commitment to promote a fair pulsating sports culture in the country where the franchise provides pathways for identification of young players at grass root level and nurtures their progress to the top game weaving million hearts into a single thread of cricket.

    Last year from Kashmir, the franchise discovered Salman Irshad, a relatively unknown name until last year, who caught the eye of Mr. Aqib Javed, Director Cricket Operation Lahore Qalandars when he bowled at a thundering speed of 90mph in the trails held at Muzaffarabad. The young talent has gone on to be a part of Lahore Qalandars squad in PSL 3 and has earned a contract with renowned Australian Cricket Club, Hawkesbury Cricket Club, much to the credit of Lahore Qalandars’ continuous efforts in the young player’s development.

    This year, once again, the franchise scouted top talent from AJK. 23 young guns were selected from the first round of trials at Muzaffarabad who traveled to Mirpur for their final selection in Kashmir Qalandars. The team on ground included Cricketing legends like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Aqib Javed and Yasir Shah. These legends not only interacted and motivated the young participants on field but also visited Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust along with the management team of Lahore Qalandars on the sidelines of the trials in continuation of Lahore Qalandars’ mission to bring top game to where there are no opportunities.

    The Prime Minister AJK, Raja Farooq Haider has lauded Lahore Qalandars efforts for the development of cricket in Kashmir while Minister Sports, Youth and Culture Ch Saeed, expressed the hope that the player development program will allow thousands of young Kashmiris to grow and develop their skills and enter the main arena of Pakistani cricket.
    List of Selected players from AJK include:
    Abdul Shakoor
    Salman Irshad
    Raja Farhan Khan
    Ehtasham Sultan
    Inzamam ul Haq
    Rashid Naseer
    Naveed Malik
    Khizer Shah
    Yasir Khan
    Abdul Rehman
    Haider Ali
    Amir Jamal
    Zaway Hikmat
    M. Zubair
    Waqar Ahmed

    The Lahore Qalandars team is now headed to KPK. The franchise will make its next stop at Abbottabad on 12, to be followed by trails in Mardan on 13th. The franchise will conclude its KPK talent hunt journey at Jamurd on the Independence Day to not only celebrate the return of peace to the tribal area but to also provide better avenues of integration to its youth via cricket. The Ceo Lahore Qalandars Mr. Atif Rana is hopeful that the trails in Jamrud will spread the Qalandars message of peace, love and connectivity.


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    This is one of the most pointless exercises in history of cricket

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    AJK: On its quest to create heroes among ordinary street cricketers the PSL’s franchise Lahore Qalandars made its second stop at Kashmir, where the franchise was received by thousands of young aspirants eager to showcase their talent. The franchise organized a series of bilateral trials at Muzaffarabad and Mirpur to hunt for undiscovered cricket talent in Kashmir for the 3rd season of its Player Development Program.

    Player Development Programme initiative by Lahore Qalandars is in line with the franchise’s commitment to promote a fair pulsating sports culture in the country where the franchise provides pathways for identification of young players at grass root level and nurtures their progress to the top game weaving million hearts into a single thread of cricket.

    Last year from Kashmir, the franchise discovered Salman Irshad, a relatively unknown name until last year, who caught the eye of Mr. Aqib Javed, Director Cricket Operation Lahore Qalandars when he bowled at a thundering speed of 90mph in the trails held at Muzaffarabad. The young talent has gone on to be a part of Lahore Qalandars squad in PSL 3 and has earned a contract with renowned Australian Cricket Club, Hawkesbury Cricket Club, much to the credit of Lahore Qalandars’ continuous efforts in the young player’s development.

    This year, once again, the franchise scouted top talent from AJK. 23 young guns were selected from the first round of trials at Muzaffarabad who traveled to Mirpur for their final selection in Kashmir Qalandars. The team on ground included Cricketing legends like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Aqib Javed and Yasir Shah. These legends not only interacted and motivated the young participants on field but also visited Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust along with the management team of Lahore Qalandars on the sidelines of the trials in continuation of Lahore Qalandars’ mission to bring top game to where there are no opportunities.

    The Prime Minister AJK, Raja Farooq Haider has lauded Lahore Qalandars efforts for the development of cricket in Kashmir while Minister Sports, Youth and Culture Ch Saeed, expressed the hope that the player development program will allow thousands of young Kashmiris to grow and develop their skills and enter the main arena of Pakistani cricket.
    List of Selected players from AJK include:
    Abdul Shakoor
    Salman Irshad
    Raja Farhan Khan
    Ehtasham Sultan
    Inzamam ul Haq
    Rashid Naseer
    Naveed Malik
    Khizer Shah
    Yasir Khan
    Abdul Rehman
    Haider Ali
    Amir Jamal
    Zaway Hikmat
    M. Zubair
    Waqar Ahmed

    The Lahore Qalandars team is now headed to KPK. The franchise will make its next stop at Abbottabad on 12, to be followed by trails in Mardan on 13th. The franchise will conclude its KPK talent hunt journey at Jamurd on the Independence Day to not only celebrate the return of peace to the tribal area but to also provide better avenues of integration to its youth via cricket. The Ceo Lahore Qalandars Mr. Atif Rana is hopeful that the trails in Jamrud will spread the Qalandars message of peace, love and connectivity.
    They have 'discovered' Ehtisham Sultan and Salman Irshad @mak36


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    They have 'discovered' Ehtisham Sultan and Salman Irshad @mak36
    This is too funny.

    They have also 'discovered' Raja Farhan Khan (legspinner). I wouldn't be surprised if the Inzamam Ul Haq they've mentioned is the one and only

    Also, yesterday they were promoting a guy called Wasif Ali who bowled one at 86.4 mph and he doesn't even make the Kashmir squad.

    Empty vessel makes the most noise, and that is proving to be the case here. IU are the only ones who seem to do actual youth investment.

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    The man who dismissed Brian Lara


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    The man who dismissed Brian Lara
    New talent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    New talent?
    He will be 'discovered' during the Multan leg


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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    This is too funny.

    They have also 'discovered' Raja Farhan Khan (legspinner). I wouldn't be surprised if the Inzamam Ul Haq they've mentioned is the one and only

    Also, yesterday they were promoting a guy called Wasif Ali who bowled one at 86.4 mph and he doesn't even make the Kashmir squad.

    Empty vessel makes the most noise, and that is proving to be the case here. IU are the only ones who seem to do actual youth investment.
    Yes IU is smart and they pick players from already developed U19 squads and domestic teams.

    But, credit to LQ that they want to find new players as it requires a lot lf hard work and you wont necessarily get what you look for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    But, credit to LQ that they want to find new players as it requires a lot lf hard work and you wont necessarily get what you look for.
    No they don't. That's my point. LQ are all about PR and making noise rather than doing work of substance. They are literally recycling players- half those selected aren't even from the areas they are representing. The few players they can claim to have discovered they don't even bother investing in properly.

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    IU's approach is much better. They don't claim to "discover" talent but what they do is identify prospects from youth cricket and then coach them, build their team around them and give them genuine chances in PSL. I'm not saying it's perfect but they do the most out of any franchise and it shows in their result.

    LQ by contrast are only interested in creating headlines.

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    Abbottabad: Lahore Qalandars Player Development program made its stop at Abbottabad where scores of aspirants and fans welcomed the franchise with chants of ‘KPK Bana Qalandar’.

    In its third season the most avidly followed PSL franchise, Lahore Qalandars, has expanded the horizons of its Player Development Program to include Gilgit and KPK in addition to Punjab and Kashmir in a quest to completely transform the national cricketing landscape and take development opportunities to localities where there are none.

    Thousands of young aspirants turned up at the trials with a single chant of inclusion in KPK Qalandars.
    The trials in Abbottabad concluded with coaching panel finalising 23 players who will now travel to Jamrud for their final seclection in KPK Qalandars.

    The coaching panel, headed by Aqib Javed and Inzamam-ul-Haq was joined by Pakistan’s legend in making Fakhar Zaman, veteran bowler Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah. The KPK trials will be held in three stages - Abbottabad, Mardan, with a final stop at Jamrud on the Independence Day.

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    Lahore Qalandars Player Development Program Makes its second stop at Mardan KPK

    Mardan: After a successful trial hunt at Abbottabad, Lahore Qalandars Player Development program reached Mardan where thousands of aspiring cricketers gathered once again to impress Qalandars coaching panel.

    The efforts of Lahore Qalandars to take development and career opportunities to far flung areas were acknowledged by ZXMCO Motorcycles who joined hands with the franchise to support KPK Qalandars.

    Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner Mardan were also present at the venue in support of the budding cricketers. Speaking at the occasion, the Additional Deputy Commissioner praised Qalandars Player Development Program and appreciated the role the franchise has played in reinvigorating domestic cricket where within a short span of 3 years the franchise has given the country players like Shaheen Afridi, Salman Irshad and Fakhar Zaman.

    The trials in Mardan concluded with the coaching panel finalising 22 players who will now travel to Jamrud for their final seclection in KPK Qalandars.

    The coaching panel, headed by 92s World Cup hero Aqib Javed and bating mastero Inzamam-ul-Haq was joined by Pakistan’s legend in making Fakhar Zaman, upcoming bowling sensation Shaheen Afridi, bowling gun Sohail Khan and talented veteran Yasir Shah. The heroes interacted with the aspiring cricketers sharing tips and evaluating their techniques. Addressing the youngsters at his home ground of Mardan, Fakhar Zaman shared that the player development program is bringing growth and development opportunities to areas that are rich in potential but lack facilities. He hoped that many like him would get the chance to translate their potential into rewarding careers via the platform of Lahore Qalandars. On his playing in PSL Squad, Shaheen Afridi shared that he learned a great deal by playing next to the big names of Cricket thanks to Lahore Qalandars . He praised the unique opportunity the franchise provided him to make a career in cricket.

    The final stop of quest for talent in KPK will be Jamrud on the Independence Day where the franchise aims to find young guns that will grow to become the face of Pakistan’s cricketing future.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    No they don't. That's my point. LQ are all about PR and making noise rather than doing work of substance. They are literally recycling players- half those selected aren't even from the areas they are representing. The few players they can claim to have discovered they don't even bother investing in properly.
    It's called expanding their brand and football teams do the same thing. They have "soccer schools" all over the world with the pretence of finding youth prospects but in reality it gets people talking about them. LQ keep carrying out these talent hunts and they'll cement their place as the most popular PSL team, which equals more exposure and money for the owners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka81 View Post
    It's called expanding their brand and football teams do the same thing. They have "soccer schools" all over the world with the pretence of finding youth prospects but in reality it gets people talking about them.
    Thanks for agreeing with what I said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Most useless event going around

    Three years and the only players it has thrown up are mediocre to the boot. And to make it even worse, the so-called best finds of the event were players who are already part of the domestic system
    its mostly just PR sake, and they are quite successfully. Lahore Qalanders are the most loved and famous team in Pakistan.


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    Cake cutting ceremony at Jamrud to celebrate Independence Day.


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    Best thing they've done is taking youngsters to Australia for matches and much needed exposure. Apart from that nothing of value

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    It wouldn't be wholly unjust to have the Lahore Qalandars Rising Stars Tournament dismissed by people as despite being its third season, we have yet to see any substantial reward for Pakistan cricket through this exercise.

    However, my view is a bit different. Not everything in life has to be measured with how the final output has shaped up. Same goes for this tournament. We shouldn't look upon this as something that by all means SHOULD give us international level players. Sometimes the process in itself is worth more than the output and this tournament is a prime example of it.

    I for one applaud the initiative taken by the Lahore franchise to have this year-upon-year in order to find budding cricketers. What this initiative has done is made cricket accessible to a LOT of young players who are looking for a breakthrough in life. Come to think of it, with the Pakistan cricketing structure as it is, cricket is inaccessible to places like Gilgit Baltistan. A 15 year old boy residing in GB 99 times out of 100 would not be able to make a career out of cricket just because he doesn't have the know-how or the contacts or the opportunity to move on and break through to the next step. This tournament provides a lifeline to him because he can go to trials, impress selectors, and God willing make it to a club team and then to domestics. Just because he doesn't make it to the international squad, it doesn't mean that the tournament itself has failed. In fact, the very opposite has occurred. It has given that guy a way to make a living. How can we disorient ourselves from this?

    Salman Irshad, a product of this Rising Stars tournament, says that his life has changed because of this. He recently got a 5 wicket haul in Australia, played in the PSL, got Misbah out first ball. Isn't this the stuff of dreams? How can we call this tournament a PR exercise when it actually made a dream of Salman Irshad a reality? Should we dismiss this tournament if Salman doesn't make it to the Pakistan team?

    I don't know much about the selection criteria of this Rising Stars tournament and whether players get selected on merit or not (hopefully they are), but what I do know is that this tournament is a God-send for all those who are deprived of opportunities. We have to dismount ourselves from our high horses and view this initiative through the lens of the deprived and only then will we see how great this tournament is.

    I only have good wishes for this and I commend the Lahore franchise for reaching out to places where cricketing opportunities are so rare. It would be absolutely awesome if other franchises start this as well. The more there are, the more chances young players would have to showcase their talents.

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    Lahore Qalandars paint Jamrud in colors of Pakistan

    JAMRUD: Pakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalandars player development program made its last stop at in Jamrud in Khyber District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the Independence Day. The franchise blended the bonding spirits of cricket with the festivities of Independence Day at Jamrud Cricket Stadium as the trials kicked off to the sound of national anthem and chants of Pakistan Zindabad echoing through the grounds.

    Thousands of aspiring Qalandars packed the Jamrud Sports Complex to show off their skills and meet their favorite cricketing legends. Each came with the hope of being selected in KPK Qalandars and getting a chance to develop a professional career in cricket through the promising platform of Qalandars Player Development Initiative.

    Thousands of aspiring cricketers later joined the coaches of Lahore Qalandars and its management in the Independence Day festivities as they cut a 100 pounds cake to celebrate the creation of the beloved homeland and restoration of peace in the tribal areas. The team on ground wore Pakistan’s traditional white shalwar qameez instead of their regular cricket kits to evaluate the contestants. The management of Lahore Qalandars was joined by owner of KPK Qalandars and MD ZXMCO Motorcycles Mr. Asif Khan, Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Spinning Genius Yasir Shah, and Pakistan’s legend in making Fakhar Zaman, Qalandars Find and budding cricketer Shaheen Afridi and veteran fast bowler Sohail Khan.

    Speaking at the occasion Chairman and CEO Lahore Qalandars Qalandars expressed their delight over the huge turnout in Jamrud for the trials.

    “It’s heartwarming to see the passion of these young Qalandars who have suffered so much in the past. Their spirits are commendable. It is warming to see how their passion for cricket is unwavering. To see different people united in their love for cricket and the witness the hope in their faces for a brighter rewarding future of Pakistan’s domestic cricket is what we wanted to create through our development program ,” Atif Rana CEO Lahore Qalandars remarked.

    “This area was hit by violence and unrest but thanks to the efforts and sacrifices of our institutes and people of Pakistan things have returned back to normal and now the time has come to provide more meaningful engagements to the youth of this area. We felt bringing our Player Development Program to promote cricket in this region was one way to fulfill Qalandar’s philosophy of love and peace ,” said the Chairman Lahore Qalandars, Rana Fawad.

    The Qalandars’ initiative to include trial areas in the third season of its Player Development Program were praised by Riaz Afridi, member of the coaching panel and Pakistan’s international cricketer hailing from the same area, who said that this was a great initiative to highlight the talent tribal belt holds and bring these multi-talented budding cricketers to the limelight.
    “I am delighted and excited for Lahore Qalandars initiative to include KPK in its Player Development Program. I look forward to see the young guns that these coaches have selected in my team to go on to make Pakistan’s name in the international cricketing circuits. I have high hopes from these youngsters and together we will work with Lahore Qalandars to promote and nurture cricket talent in this area as well. I feel proud already to see the the drive of these young KPK Qalandars', said the owner of KPK Qalandars MD ZXMCO Motorcycles Mr. Asif Khan.

    The shortlisted players from KPK include:

    Naseer Ullah Khan, Atazhz khan, Junaid Afridi, said rehman, kizer qadeer, sajjad Ibrahim, Mohammad Bilal, Sadam Afridi, Shahab, Mohammad Amir, Habib ullah, Mohammad Ashraf, Maaz Khan, Umer khan, Gohar Ali, and Sajjad.
    After shortlisting teams in Gilgit,, AJK and KPK, the franchise will now move to Punjab making its next stop at Pindi Cricket Stadium on 18th and 19th August in their hunt for a Pindi Qalandars team for the player development program tournament.


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    Hope offspinner Ahmer Ajaz from Layyah is selected again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anakwalajinn View Post
    Awesome news, but not really a fan of hyping up someone being "ambidextrous".

    There was another guy who was sent to England to train a few years ago.

    Whatever happened to him?
    Still training with English coaches
    Obviously it will take some time for him to be close to being a finished product
    Hope all the hard work and effort pays off

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    Quote Originally Posted by InziRules View Post
    This is such a sideshow. A lot of people won't call it out because they look like they're attempting to find talent, but tell me, what does happen to these players? Are they mentored? Are they even the best talents?

    Last year, the only reason the guy was hyped was because he was ambidextrous. He will never play for Pakistan, he might never even play for Qalandars. This is not how you find or nurture youth. If they were serious, they'd have training camps set up for long intervals, find clubs for these "talents" that they found and help develop them.

    Now this is not their responsibility, but then again, if you say you're doing talent hunts, do them properly instead of trying to look good while doing nothing.
    The ambidextrous bowler was from the first edition of the rising stars, he is being coached in England
    Last years players trained with Lahore Qalandars before the PSL, one player played for Lahore Qalandars
    Players are taken to Australia for a tournament and many have signed up with Australian teams

    I’m not saying what they are doing is perfect, but you have missed some of their work
    Also I prefer their activity in the off season compared to many of the other teams who sit there doing nothing

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    Quote Originally Posted by shariqnoor View Post
    It wouldn't be wholly unjust to have the Lahore Qalandars Rising Stars Tournament dismissed by people as despite being its third season, we have yet to see any substantial reward for Pakistan cricket through this exercise.

    However, my view is a bit different. Not everything in life has to be measured with how the final output has shaped up. Same goes for this tournament. We shouldn't look upon this as something that by all means SHOULD give us international level players. Sometimes the process in itself is worth more than the output and this tournament is a prime example of it.

    I for one applaud the initiative taken by the Lahore franchise to have this year-upon-year in order to find budding cricketers. What this initiative has done is made cricket accessible to a LOT of young players who are looking for a breakthrough in life. Come to think of it, with the Pakistan cricketing structure as it is, cricket is inaccessible to places like Gilgit Baltistan. A 15 year old boy residing in GB 99 times out of 100 would not be able to make a career out of cricket just because he doesn't have the know-how or the contacts or the opportunity to move on and break through to the next step. This tournament provides a lifeline to him because he can go to trials, impress selectors, and God willing make it to a club team and then to domestics. Just because he doesn't make it to the international squad, it doesn't mean that the tournament itself has failed. In fact, the very opposite has occurred. It has given that guy a way to make a living. How can we disorient ourselves from this?

    Salman Irshad, a product of this Rising Stars tournament, says that his life has changed because of this. He recently got a 5 wicket haul in Australia, played in the PSL, got Misbah out first ball. Isn't this the stuff of dreams? How can we call this tournament a PR exercise when it actually made a dream of Salman Irshad a reality? Should we dismiss this tournament if Salman doesn't make it to the Pakistan team?

    I don't know much about the selection criteria of this Rising Stars tournament and whether players get selected on merit or not (hopefully they are), but what I do know is that this tournament is a God-send for all those who are deprived of opportunities. We have to dismount ourselves from our high horses and view this initiative through the lens of the deprived and only then will we see how great this tournament is.

    I only have good wishes for this and I commend the Lahore franchise for reaching out to places where cricketing opportunities are so rare. It would be absolutely awesome if other franchises start this as well. The more there are, the more chances young players would have to showcase their talents.
    Exactly, shouldn’t ignore their effort just cos the final product is missing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedz View Post
    Exactly, shouldn’t ignore their effort just cos the final product is missing
    Lol the criticism isn't because the final product is missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Lol the criticism isn't because the final product is missing.
    So what is the criticism exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedz View Post
    So what is the criticism exactly?
    See above.

    There is no substance to what they are doing. It's marketing to create hype.

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    @Hedz

    If they properly develop the players they have actually discovered (not ones who had already played domestic like Salman Irshad) then fair enough. I am talking about the likes of Haris Rauf, Ehtesham Sultan, Ahmer Ajaz etc.

    That would be great to see. But at the moment their actions suggest otherwise.

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    Ameer Hamza and Mamoon Riaz are two more they have discovered. So that's at least five players.

    The problem is there is no follow up. Ideally they would set up an academy and properly develop them year-round. If they did that then LQ would flourish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    @Hedz

    If they properly develop the players they have actually discovered (not ones who had already played domestic like Salman Irshad) then fair enough. I am talking about the likes of Haris Rauf, Ehtesham Sultan, Ahmer Ajaz etc.

    That would be great to see. But at the moment their actions suggest otherwise.
    Yh I understand what you mean and hopefully in the coming seasons they can improve on that

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    @Hedz

    If they properly develop the players they have actually discovered (not ones who had already played domestic cricket like Salman Irshad) then fair enough. I am talking about the likes of Haris Rauf, Ehtesham Sultan, Ahmer Ajaz etc.

    That would be great to see. But at the moment their actions suggest otherwise.
    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Ameer Hamza and Mamoon Riaz are two more they have discovered. So that's at least five players.

    The problem is there is no follow up. Ideally they would set up an academy and properly develop them year-round. If they did that then LQ would flourish.
    @shariqnoor see above posts.

    Add Farzan Raja too.


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