Lahore, 19 June, 2023 (GNP): The Lahore Qalandars, who won the Pakistan Super League (PSL) consecutively in 2022 and 2023, have taken a step further in franchise cricket. They have acquired a team in the Zim Afro T10 league and collaborated with Toronto Nationals for GT20 in Canada.
The newly formed franchise, Durban Qalandars, will participate in the Zim Afro T10 league’s first edition.
Furthermore, the Qalandars’ management is highly excited about this new opportunity. They plan to replicate their PSL success in Zimbabwe’s inaugural league.
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T Ten Global Sports supports the Zim Afro T10 league while the Abu Dhabi T10 league is affiliated with it. The first edition of the league will take place from July 20 to 29.
The Lahore Qalandars have also joined forces with the Toronto Nationals for the Global T20 (GT20) in Canada. They will outsource their coaching staff, led by Aaqib Javed, to the Toronto Nationals.
The Canadian franchise will also include full-time bowling coach Waqas Ahmed, fielding coach Shahzad Butt, and performance analyst Nabeel Edger Pace.
The partnership aims to assist the Toronto Nationals in achieving their winning ambitions in the league. Moreover, the deal is unique and initially covers one season, with the potential for extension based on performance.
Lahore Qalandars’ Chief Operating Officer, Sameen Rana, expressed his excitement about the collaboration.
He said, “We are thrilled to be a part of the GT20 here in Canada and assisting Toronto Nationals with setting up the roster and providing them our full coaching staff in the upcoming season.”
“In our responsibility, we will help the franchise to achieve their winning ambitions in the league. The deal is a first of its kind and is initially for a season. We will see how it goes,” he added.
He further said, “For us, it could also serve as a talent scouting on some unseen players from associate countries. Who knows we could find another Tim David out of another associate country who outshines and become a part of a bigger cricket ecosystem.”
The collaboration serves as an opportunity for talent scouting from associate countries.