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  • Salman Mirza says he was a tape-ball cricketer earlier than being picked by Lahore Qalandars
  • Salman Mirza was travelling with Lahore’s squad as a web bowler on account of COVID-19 
  • Salman Mirza hopes of turning into a cricketing hero with the assistance of Lahore Qalandars administration 

KARACHI: For the reason that inception of the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL), Lahore Qalandars has launched a number of new gifted cricketers and introduced them from oblivion to limelight.

Haris Rauf, Sohail Akhtar, Dilber Hussain, Farzan Raja, Maaz Khan and Salman Irshad are a number of the gamers who’ve come to limelight via Lahore Qalandars’ participant improvement programme – a novel expertise scouting program in cricketing world.

On Sunday, one other participant from the identical programme, Salman Mirza made his PSL debut with a bang.

Learn extra: Lahore Qalandars defeat Peshawar Zalmi by 4 wickets

27-year-old Mirza hails from a humble household in Lahore the place he used to play tape-ball cricket. 

“I was a tape ball cricketer and used to play on streets of Lahore. I first appeared in the open trials of player development program in 2017 where I was selected to play for Lahore’s team in the PDP tournament and the following year I was selected to play for Faisalabad,” Mirza instructed Geo Information about his journey after his 2-35 towards Peshawar Zalmi on debut.

He added that, in 2019, he participated within the native T20 event named “Battle of Qalandars” the place his bowling was observed by the administration and he was picked for the PSL.

Mirza stated that after the “Battle of Qalandars” he was picked for additional coaching on the Qalandars’ Excessive Efficiency Centre the place he was groomed by the teaching workers.

Learn extra: An summary of Lahore Qalandars’ squad for PSL 2021

He was travelling with Lahore’s squad within the PSL as a web bowler as COVID-19 had made it troublesome for the PCB to offer web bowlers services in bio safe bubble to the groups.

“I hadn’t imagined that I would get a chance like this. I was there to bowl in nets and in the morning Sameen [Rana] bhai (the team manager) told me that I am playing. It was unbelievable, it was like a dream coming true moment for me to make a debut at such a big stage,” he stated.

He credited Lahore Qalandars for his progress and stated that at some point he’ll turn out to be a cricketing hero underneath the coaching of Lahore Qalandars’ workers.

“I was zero and… well, I am not a hero yet but there will be a day I will definitely become one,” stated the 27-year-old confidently.

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“It is all because of Lahore Qalandars who provided a platform to me and many other players to play top level cricket and achieve dreams,” Salman stated. He’s hopeful that his progress will proceed and he’ll enhance additional.

“I am looking to improve my skills here and be a useful bowler for Lahore Qalandars and make the team win more matches,” he aimed.

On Sunday, Mirza had a dream debut after he took two wickets for 35 runs and helped the Qalandars begin their season with a win. He picked up the prized wickets of Kamran Akmal and Haider Ali.

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