Peshawar Zalmi’s foreign stars Hashim Amla and Darren Sammy on Wednesday on Wednesday said that they were impressed by the cricket talent present in Pakistan.
Talking to media in Islamabad, the South African batting legend said that there was an abundance of talent in the Pakistan. “I am really impressed to see the available talent in Pakistan,” Amla said during Zalmi’s virtual talent hunt programme and trials at the Shalimar Cricket Ground.
“Even the youngsters who have been called for the final selection are good. What they need is consistent hard work, good coaching, and passion to do well to make a name for themselves and their country.”
Amla added that there is a need to back these youngsters and work on their talent.” I think Zalmi is trying its best to pick the talent and bring the best to the fore,” he said.
Meanwhile, West Indian cricket star Sammy also spoke on the occasion and appreciated Zalmi’s efforts in finding new talent. “These trials are meant to pick the future stars,” he said.
“Believe me there are some very good youngsters who need to work hard on their abilities. These trials are part of Zalmi’s efforts to spot the hidden talent.”
Giving example of Hasan Ali, who played for Zalmi as an emerging player in the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), Sammy said that the PSL is a forum where you get spotted nationally and internationally. “It helps the youngsters gain confidence and then bring the best out of him. Hasan improved by leaps and bounds after getting part of Zalmi’s family,” he said.
The former West Indies captain also thanked the fans in Pakistan for always supporting him, saying the country is like his “second home” now. “I always enjoy my stay in Pakistan and get special love from Pakistani people. That is why I have a special association with this country and its cricket,” he said.
MG Talent Hunt Programme also conducted trials in far-flung areas like Waziristan, Swat, Jamrud besides major cities of the country to pick the best talent for final trials.
Zalmi’s owner Javed Afridi said that it is a service to the Pakistan cricket as they go to every nook and corner of the country just to spot out and pick the best players for further trials. “We would continue to perform this services for the betterment of Pakistan cricket,” he said.
“I have a firm belief that there is no dearth of talent in any sports in Pakistan. We only lack the facilities in remote areas, not the talent. By picking the youth at an early age we help them get into the mainstream cricket.”