In what has come as a big development, Pakistan Super League (PSL) Lahore Qalandars has announced a partnership with Yorkshire County Cricket Club on Tuesday. Both have entered into a partnership, YCC announced on Tuesday. Through his partnership, the players of both clubs will be allowed to able to learn from each other. The player exchange program will help players of Lahore Qalandars go to Yorkshire County Clubs and vice-versa.
The partnership also involves scholarship programs, where the aspiring players from Yorkshire Cricket Club would be able to train and play in Lahore. The young cricketers from Pakistan will also go to Yorkshire.
As per reports, a friendly game will be played between both clubs. The primary motive is to enable mutual learning, development, and support at all levels. It also involves a commitment to developing more accessible pathways to cricket for aspiring players from all backgrounds across Yorkshire.
The first and recent iteration of this exchange program is the joining of Haris Rauf from the Qalandars. He will join the Yorkshire County Cricket Club as its overseas professional for the 2022 season.
The professor of The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Chair of Yorkshire County Cricket Club said, “The work the Lahore Qalandars do both on and off the pitch is remarkable and can serve as a benchmark for clubs around the world – ours included – for how best to spot, foster, and 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, and demonstrating that through offering access and support, great cricketing talent can be found from all backgrounds.
“Over the coming months, this, coupled with scholarships and new opportunities and experiences for academy players, will represent an exciting step toward a Yorkshire County Cricket Club that is welcoming and supportive to all.”