Cricket fever runs through the veins of every Pakistani. It’s part of our national identity and ‘bleed green’ is the cry that rallies us all whenever our team plays a match.
Luckily, we are blessed with incredible cricketing talent as well. However, the dreams of many starry eyed young kids never materalize because of poor cricketing facilities in the country.
Sensing an opportunity here, Jazz collaborated with PSL team Lahore Qalandars for the Jazz Rising Stars initiative.
With it, Jazz is ensuring that the new generation of cricketing talents are provided the right opportunities.
Despite the blistering summer heat, the response to Jazz Rising Stars’ first edition was phenomenal. Expecting a healthy footfall of 40,000, the team was dumbfounded with over 113,300 registered participants, making it one of the largest cricket talent hunt programs worldwide.
The first edition of Jazz Rising Stars discovered unique talents like ambidextrous fast bowler Yasir Jan and launched the careers of aspiring cricketers like Usman Qadir, Saif Badar, Mohammad Irfan Junior and Ghulam Mudassar, who have already brought international acclaim to Pakistan.
Shahbaz Maqsood Khan, Director Marketing at Mobilink, while commenting on the program said:
With every passing year, we will make this talent hunt program stronger, bigger and more robust.
We intend to take Pakistani cricket to the next level with this partnership and collaboration with Lahore Qalandar. We are ultimately trying to establish a positive image of Pakistan in the world.
Former test cricketers, Aaqib Javed and Mudassar Nazar, were in charge of the entire selection process to form teams to compete for Jazz Rising Stars T20 Cup.
The Jazz Rising Stars T20 Cup was played in Lahore at Gaddafi Stadium. For aspiring cricketers, playing on a pitch where your idols have also played is a dream come true.
Jazz Rising Stars Edition 2: Bigger & Better
After its successful first edition, the second season of Jazz Rising Stars is underway and it is bigger and better than before.
Building on the success of its first edition, Jazz is now recruiting talent from more cities, including Kashmir. Trials in Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, and Layyah have already been conducted.
The complete schedule is attached below. If you think you have what it takes then pack your kit and head to the venue to prove your mettle.
Once the trials are completed, each city will get its own team which will go head to head against other teams to showcase the true potential of these young stars in a competitive environment. The matches will be held from 27th September till 8th October.
Jazz must be commended for doing its part to promote cricket at the grassroots level and providing thousands of kids an opportunity of a lifetime to represent our great nation.
Note: We will also compile a how-to guide on how to register for Jazz Rising Stars, so stay tuned.