Lahore Qalandars’ Zaman Khan received a hero’s welcome upon his return to his hometown after playing a stirring role for his team in the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8.
Tasked with defending 13 runs in the final over, Zaman held off the Sultans’ pair of Khusdil Shah and Abbas Afridi to secure a marginal 1-run win for his side. His heroics helped Qalandars become the first team in the history of the PSL to retain their crown.
Despite not taking a wicket in the final, the 21-year-old conceded just 33 runs from his 4 overs as Shaheen Afridi went for 51 and Haris Rauf was taken for 49 which shows what an achievement his spell really was.
Kashmir also showed its appreciation for its son when Zaman returned home following the victory.
A video shared by the Qalandars’ Twitter account shows the emerging fast bowler being mobbed by fans and being followed by a caravan of well-wishers as he makes his way through the streets of his hometown.
Season 8 of the PSL seems to be a breakthrough year for Zaman Khan. The slingy pacer finished 6th on the most wicket-takers list with 15 scalps and his exploits was enough for him to earn a place in the international squad that will take on Afghanistan.
With Shaheen, Rauf and Rashid Khan already in the team, the emergence of Zaman Khan bodes well for Lahore Qalandars who look like favourites to add a third PSL crown next season.