Jazz Rising stars, the award winning initiative which has showcased Pakistan’s cricketing talent to the world, recently completed talent-hunt trials in five cities during its second season.
The trials were held in Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Layyah. As a part of this cricket talent hunt, teams are selected from each city. The first city team of the tournament was Muzaffarabad, while three other city teams include Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Layyah.
Despite scorching summer heat, the trials for the first five cities witnessed astounding number of participants. 15,000 players participated from Mirpur, 19,000 from Muzaffarabad, 23,500 from Rawalpindi. 13,500 from Sargodha and 7,500 from Layyah.
This initiative by Jazz is in line with the brand’s commitment to promote sports as an integral part of Pakistan’s culture and lifestyle. Moreover, for the first time in Pakistan, Jazz Rising Stars will not only scout top talent from the streets of Punjab, but also from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and carry their unbridled passion for cricket to newer heights by setting up training and development programs.
Speaking about this initiative, Shahbaz Maqsood Khan, Director Marketing at Jazz, said:
Pakistan is a cricket-loving country, and possesses rich talent but lacks the infrastructure to scout emerging cricketers coming from smaller cities and towns. Jazz Rising Stars is determined to showcase this raw talent by grooming and training these players on international standards.
After all the teams are selected, a tournament will take place between the city teams. The best players in the tournament will represent Lahore Qalandars, and get a taste of the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018.
Selected players will also be sent to Australia to train with Sydney Thunders during the Sydney Triangular Series followed by the Emirates Cup in Dubai.
Trials will now be conducted in the remaining four other cities – Bahawalpur, Lahore, Gujranwala and Faisalabad with the Jazz Rising Stars T-20 Tournament set to begin on 27 September, 2017.