Zimbabwe Cricket partner Lahore Qalandars in new player development initiative

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Zimbabwe Cricket has made an exciting announcement about their partnership with T10 Global Sports and the Pakistan cricket franchise Lahore Qalandars in an innovative initiative aimed at discovering and nurturing emerging cricket talent.

In this ground-breaking collaboration, Zimbabwe Cricket will be launching its first-ever player development program (PDP) within Zimbabwe, with the objective of identifying promising players who have the potential to become future cricket stars.

The program will involve trials that provide a unique opportunity for aspiring cricketers in Zimbabwe to showcase their skills and compete for a chance to participate in the inaugural Zim Afro T10 league.

Qalandars have also acquired a franchise in this league, making Durban Qalandars their team for the league’s inaugural edition.

This league will feature five privately owned teams: Harare Hurricanes, Durban Qalandars, Cape Town Samp Army, Bulawayo Braves, and the Joburg Lions.

The Zim Afro T10 tournament is scheduled to commence on July 20, with the grand final set for July 29, and all matches taking place in Harare. The player draft will occur on July 2 at a grand ceremony held in Harare.

T10 Global Sports will work closely with Zimbabwe Cricket and Lahore Qalandars to ensure the smooth execution of the trials and provide comprehensive support to the selected players throughout their journey.

Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Givemore Makoni presenting a Player of the Match award to captain Craig Ervine during the ongoing ICC World Cup Qualifier

Givemore Makoni, the Managing Director of Zimbabwe Cricket, expressed his enthusiasm for the Emerging Player Program, stating, “The Emerging Player Program is a great initiative for Zimbabwean cricket, and I am excited to be partnering with T Ten Global Sports in this. It’s a fantastic platform for some of the best young cricketers in the country and I am confident that players will make it very difficult for coaches when they sit and finalise the players eventually.”

Sameen Rana, Chief Operating Officer of Lahore Qalandars, expressed his delight in joining forces with T10 Global Sports and Zimbabwe Cricket to uncover exceptional cricket talent.

“We are delighted to join hands with T10 Global Sports and Zimbabwe Cricket in our quest to unearth exceptional cricketing talent. Lahore Qalandars has always been committed to nurturing young players and providing them with the opportunities they need to succeed. We believe this collaboration will pave a clear pathway for the aspiring cricketers of Zimbabwe to represent their country at the highest level as our PDP brought Shaheen Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Zaman Khan made their way into the Pakistan Cricket Team.”

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