Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Peshawar Zalmi has signed two Chinese cricketers for the third edition of the T-20 league scheduled to be held in February 2018.
Talking to media after a ceremony held at the Chinese Embassy to draft the players – Jian Li and Yufie Zhang– in Peshawar Zalmi outfit, Chairman of the Zalmi franchise Javed Afridi said that China and Pakistan’s collaboration encompassed more than infrastructure, scientific research, industry and technology.
He said Peshawar Zalmi was not only pleased to assist in top notch coaching and mentoring of cricketers in China, but also providing them a platform to recognize their talent and motivate them to achieve international recognition.
Former Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Chun Xiang Zhang on the occasion expressed the confidence that this initiative would promote the sport of cricket in China.
The Director of Cricketing Affairs Peshawar Zalmi, Muhammad Akram laid out Peshawar Zalmi’s plans to invigorate cricket in China, according to a report in The Express Tribune.
The Peshawar Zalmi coaching team will soon travel to China for a seminar and coaching programmes to identify and groom young Chinese talent.
Moreover, China Zalmi, will take part in tournaments organized by the Zalmi franchise under the initiative of Global Zalmi, a fan-based league of cricket enthusiasts with representative Zalmi clubs in over 25 countries around the world.