After catching the attention of PSL franchise Lahore Qalanders, Salman Irshad from Pakistan-administered Kashmir has made an impressive debut in Australia’s domestic cricket circuit with a five-wicket haul.
Irshad was spotted by Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars during a talent hunt programme in PaK in September this year and earned praise for his raw pace from former Pakistan bowler and Qalandars’ Director Cricket Operations Aaqib Javed.
Isrshad “constantly bowled at speeds of 144kmph” during the trials and was among 17 players selected as part of the Jazz Rising Stars programme by Lahore Qalandars.
Javed had spoken highly of Irshad and said the 22-year old had the potential to represent Pakistan at the international level.
“I have set a target for him to increase his speed to 150 kph. The angle he creates will help him bowl well in the death overs,” Javed had told Pakistani media .
Irshad was signed by the Australian cricket club Hawkesbury, during Qalandars Rising Stars recent tour to Australia.
He made his debut with an impressive five-wicket haul on Saturday, restricting University of New South Wales to 189 runs for 7 wickets in NSW premier cricket, with bowling figures of 14-4-46-5.
Three of Salman’s victims were bowled and one was trapped leg before wicket which shows the disciplined line and length of Salman’s bowling, Pakistani media reported.
CEO of Lahore Qalandars Atif Rana termed Irshad’s success as a fruit of the talent hunt conducted purely on merit.
“It’s the success of our rising stars program that players picked on merit are performing at every level,” Rana told Geo.tv
Javed said that he was contacted by his counterpart from Hawkesburry club who praised Irshad’s performance.
“They were very impressed with Salman’s bowling, especially his in-swing. He’s a great potential for Pakistan cricket,” he told Geo TV.