Former teammates Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik named mentors of the inaugural Pakistan Junior League

Pakistan great Javed Miandad will be the league mentor. He will be involved as an overall mentor, assisting the mentors of the 6 sides and the players during the league.

Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik during the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik during the 2021 T20 World Cup. (Courtesy: PTI/AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Darren Sammy is one of the mentors for the league
  • 3 more mentors will be announced in due course
  • Pakistan Junior League will be held in October

Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik have been named mentors of the inaugural Pakistan Junior League, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday.

They will be joined by West Indies cricketer Daren Sammy as one of the mentors for the tournament, which will be held in October this year.

Pakistan great Javed Miandad, who played in six World Cups from 1975-1996, will be the league mentor, while Afridi, Sammy and Shoaib will be the team mentors. Miandad will be involved as an overall mentor, assisting the mentors of the six sides and the players during the league.

The four stalwarts share six major world titles; 1559 international matches, 43057 runs and 992 wickets between them. Sammy and Afridi were teammates in the Peshawar Zalmi team in 2017 when the team won the Pakistan Super League at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Afridi, Sammy and Malik will be part of the team dug-outs in the build up to and during the Pakistan Junior League, which will be played at the backend of Pakistan versus England T20Is that is scheduled to conclude on October 2.

PCB added that three more team mentors will be announced in due course.

Talking about the four stalwarts, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja in a statement said: “Their involvement in the Pakistan Junior League will help us achieve one of our event objectives that revolves around helping future generation of cricketers to achieve the champions and match-winning approach and mindset.”

The Pakistan Junior League will be played on a single-league basis with the top-four sides progressing to the play-offs. The top-two sides will play in the Qualifier with the winner qualifying for the final. The losing side will get a second chance to progress to the final when it will play against the winner of Eliminator 1 between the number-three and four ranked sides.

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