PCB Confirms Imran, Munro As Pakistan Junior League Team Mentors

Javed Miandad will participate in the competition as an all-around mentor, supporting the mentors of the six teams and the players throughout the competition.

(UrduPoint/UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News, July 29, 2022) LAHORE Imran Tahir, a highly regarded wrist spinner from South Africa, and Colin Munro, a T20 expert from New Zealand, have been confirmed as the team mentors for the first-ever six-team Pakistan Junior League, which will be held at the Gaddafi Stadium from 4–17 October.

Daren Sammy, Shahid Afridi, and Shoaib Malik, who were named mentors last month, have been joined by Imran and Munro. In due order, the appointment of the sixth team mentor will be made public. These renowned ex-international stars will be assigned sides after the team name rights have been determined.

Javed Miandad will participate in the competition as an all-around mentor, supporting the mentors of the six teams and the players throughout the competition.

Imran participated in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup for Pakistan in 1998. He then moved to South Africa in 2005 and made his debut for the Proteas in 2011. The wrist spinner took 57, 173, and 63 wickets in 20 Tests, 107 ODIs, and 38 T20Is, respectively. He has formerly played for Multan Sultans in the HBL PSL (2018, and 2020 to date).

In a 65-match career with New Zealand, Munro scored three T20I hundreds and 11 half-centuries, including a 14-ball 50 against Sri Lanka. The powerful batsman participated in 57 ODI games and scored 1,271 runs. The 35-year-old has played for Islamabad United since 2020, however he represented Karachi Kings in the 2019 HBL PSL.

Imran Tahir: “I still owe a lot to my nation of birth, therefore returning to Lahore for the Pakistan Junior League in a team mentor role is one of my most fulfilling achievements.

It’s an amazing chance to work with young slow bowlers and encourage their growth so that they can one day imitate the great spinners this nation has produced.

“I wholeheartedly support the Pakistan Junior League’s guiding principles because they provide a demanding atmosphere for players with high expectations, and only those who succeed in clearing this bar will advance significantly in their careers. With so much international cricket being played, this event will aid Pakistan in expanding their player base, which will ultimately lead to more opportunities to play and win the coveted national cap.

Colin Munro: “I’m thrilled to be a part of the first-ever Pakistan Junior League, which I think will completely transform the way Pakistan cricket is played. All administrators should strive to invest in young players, safeguard the game’s future, and ensure that the national team keeps improving. I believe the PCB has taken the initiative here by establishing this competition, which will expose the young talent to the rigours and demands of top-level cricket and benefit Pakistan in the long run.

“I am very looking forward to being a part of the Pakistan Junior League since working with young people, imparting knowledge, and assisting them in developing their careers is something that intrigues and excites me. I’ve personally witnessed the incredible potential at the HBL Pakistan Super League, and I have no doubt that the Pakistan Junior League will produce future world cricket champions.

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