A total of 12 foreign players, including eight from the United Kingdom, three from Afghanistan and one from Sri Lanka, have arrived here on Thursday to take part in the first edition of the Pakistan Junior League which begins at the Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday (October 6).
The remaining 12 foreign players are expected to reach in the next two to three days. The local players will also arrive from their respective homes to Lahore over the weekend.
The players that reached Lahore last night and this morning include Allah Muhammad Ghazanfar (Rawalpindi Raiders), Archie Lenham (Mardan Warriors), James Ross Wood (Hyderabad Hunters), Joseph Eckland (Gwadar Sharks), Ibrahim Masood (Hyderabad Hunters), Gabriel Gallman-Findlay (Bahawalpur Royals), George Thomas (Mardan Warriors), Luc Martin Benkenstein (Gwadar Sharks), Shevon Daniel (Gujranwala Giants), Tho-mas Aspinwall (Gujranwala Giants), Nangeyalia Kharotai (Bahawalpur Royals) and Olly Cox (Mar-dan Warriors).
The players expressed their excitement at playing the PJL in the presence of some of the greats of the game who would be working as mentors during the tournament.
The mentor roster includes legends of the game Javed Miandad (league mentor), Imran Tahir (Ba-hawalpur Royals), Shoaib Malik (Gujranwala Gi-ants), Sir Vivian Richards (Gwadar Sharks), Daren Sammy (Hyderabad Hunters), Shahid Afridi (Mar-dan Warriors) and Colin Munro (Rawalpindi Raid-ers).
Nangeyalia Kharotai – Bahawalpur Royals said : “This is a great opportunity for us at this new and exciting platform for young players from around the world.—APP