Yorkshire enters partnership with PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars


Yorkshire enters partnership with PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars

Yorkshire County Club on Tuesday announced that it has entered into a paid partnership with PSL team Lahore Qalandars. The partnership will facilitate a player exchange program developed to enable International players to learn from each other, starting with Haris Rauf joining Yorkshire as an overseas player.

The program also provides scholarships for young aspiring players from Yorkshire travelling to, training & playing in Lahore including access to Qalandars first-class facilities as well as providing opportunities for young people from Pakistan to come to Yorkshire & learn with the club’s other players.

A friendly game between Qalandars & Yorkshire club will also be played on January 16, 2022 in Lahore at the World’s famous Ghadaffi stadium. This partnership aims to accelerate mutual learning, development, & support at all levels & a commitment to developing more accessible pathways to cricket for aspiring players from all backgrounds across Yorkshire.

The Lahore Qalandars franchise has set a perfect example when it comes to the execution of effective player exchange programs by creating successful partnerships with several Big bash league teams enabling a number of exchanges players to share their experience & demonstrate their expertise in the game.

The commencement of this exchange program will start with Haris Rauf joining Yorkshire County Cricket as its overseas player for the 2022 season. Another highlight of this program is the opportunity to learn from the Lahore Qalandars Players Development Program. The PDP was invented to engage the young people of Pakistan with young aspiring players to showcase their untouched talent. Each year the franchise shortlists 150 players, provides them with kit bag essentials & gives them a chance to play a tournament that gets broadcasted nationally.

The Chairperson of Yorkshire county Club, Professor the Lord Patel of Bradford OBE said, “The work the Lahore Qalandars do both on & off-field is remarkable & can serve as a benchmark for clubs around the world-our included- for how best to spot, foster & support talent at all levels in the game of cricket.”

“The Player’s development program is an incredible achievement-breaking the mould for how teams can be created within our sport, & demonstrating that through offering access & support, great cricketing talent can be found from all backgrounds,” he added.

Darren Gough, interim Managing Director of Yorkshire Cricket said, “I am thrilled to welcome the exceptionally talented Haris Rauf to our club.

“I am also excited by the opportunity to learn from the inspirational Players Development Program. I have spoken in the past about my passion for developing accessible pathways to cricket – for many people from a background like mine, cricket isn’t seen as an option, with the associated costs and access to facilities creating real barriers to entry. This partnership is an opportunity to take the blueprint the Qalandars has developed to such a success and work with them to define how that can be used to provide access for potential players from across Yorkshire.”

Sameen Rana, the Chief Operating Officer of Lahore Qalandars said: “We are incredibly proud of our Players Development Program and our wider team in Lahore. The Program has had an immensely positive impact on both our club and those involved. We are looking forward to working with Darren, Lord Patel, and the team as they look to create an inclusive and welcoming culture for all at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.”

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