PSL 2021: Salman Mirza credits Lahore Qalandars for growth after dream debut

PSL 2021: Salman Mirza credits Lahore Qalandars for growth after dream debut
PSL 2021: Salman Mirza credits Lahore Qalandars for growth after dream debut

  • Salman Mirza said he was a tape cricket player before he was caught by the Lahore Kalandars
  • Salman Mirza travels with Lahore team as net shooter due to COVID-19
  • Salman Mirza hopes to become a cricket hero with the help of the Lahore Qalandars administration
KARACHI: Since the inception of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Lahore Kalenders have introduced several new talented cricket players and brought them from oblivion to the limelight.

Haris Rauf, Sohail Akhtar, Dilber Hussain, Farzan Raja, Maaz Khan, and Salman Irshad are some of the players featured by the development program of Lahore Qalandars, a unique program for talent hunting in the world of cricket.

On Sunday, Salman Mirza, another player from the same show, made his PSL debut with a big bang.

27-year-old Mirza comes from a humble family in Lahore where he once played tape-ball cricket.

'I was a tape ball cricketer and used to play on the streets of Lahore. I first appeared in the open trials of the Player Development Program in 2017 where I was selected to play for the Lahore team in the PDP tournament and the following year I was selected to play for Faisalabad, ' told Mirza Geo News about his journey to his 2- 35 against Peshawar Zalmi at debut.

He added that in 2019 he took part in the local T20 tournament called "Battle of Qalandars" where his bowling was noticed by the management and he was selected for the PSL.

Mirza said that after the "Battle of Qalandars" he was selected for further training in the High Performance Center of Qalandars where he was cared for by the coaching staff.

He traveled with the Lahore team at PSL as a net shooter because COVID-19 made it difficult for PCB to provide bowling players with facilities in a bio-safe balloon.

I never thought I would have such a chance. I was there to cook the nets and in the morning he said I was playing Sameen [Rana] bhai (team manager). It was incredible, debuting on such a big stage was like a dream come true for me. '

He praised the Lahore Qalandars for his growth and said that one day the Remnants of Lahore would become a cricket hero under the training of his staff.

“I was zero and… Well, I'm not a hero yet, but there will be a day when I'm sure,” the 27-year-old said confidently.

"It's all because of the Remains of Lahore, who provided me and many other players with a platform to play high-end cricket and make their dreams come true," Salman said. He is hopeful that his growth will continue and will continue to improve.

“Here I want to improve my skills and become a useful bowler for the Lahore Remains and the team to win more games,” he directed.

On Sunday, Mirza made a dreamy debut after taking two rooks for 35 runs and helping the Qalandars start the season with a win. He received the award-winning wickets from Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali.


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