Salman Irshad eyes Pakistan berth within a year
The young pacer is hoping to break into the Pakistan side with the World Cup little more than a year away.
Updated - Mar 3, 2018 4:08 pm
Lahore Qalandars has had an abysmal run thus far in the third edition of the edition of the Pakistan Super League. They have slumped to four consecutive defeats and are languishing at the bottom of the table. However, the cricketers have shown flashes of brilliance, Salman Irshad is one of them. The Brendon McCullum led Qalandars fell tantalizingly short of their maiden victory against the Islamabad United skipper.
Nevertheless, Salman Irshad has been impressive for them. The faster clocked over 140kmph on a consistent basis and pinned Misbah-ul-Haq, the United’s skipper. He also smacked a timely six to get the scores tied in the match, however, couldn’t win the game for his team. The cricketer is born in Azad Kashmir, a war-stricken zone and he has credited the Lahore Qalandars management for drafting him in the squad in a recent interaction with the media.
Irshad’s dream to represent Pakistan
Meanwhile, he also expressed his desire to play for Pakistan with a year. “No one has conducted any talent hunt programme in Kashmir before. The management sent me to Australia for further training and matches,” Irshad was quoted as saying by Geo.tv.
He also expressed Azad Kashmir’s love and admiration for the game of cricket while claiming decent viewership of the Qalandar’s matches. “Even those who don’t watch cricket must have seen it,” he added. Aqib Javed, the former Pakistan fast bowler, is currently the head coach of the Lahore Qalandars team and Irshad also hailed him as a great mentor.
He mentioned that Javed has asked him to play his natural game and hit certain channels in order for him to ruffle the opposition batsman. Lahore Qalandars will play the Peshawar Zalmi today and will be hoping to turn their fortunes around after a forgettable beginning to their campaign.