Cricketers from China joined the squad of Peshawar Zalmi ahead of the third edition of Pakistan Super League, said a statement released from the team on Friday.
Owner of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi, said that collaboration between Pakistan and China also includes cultural values and sports are equally important in further reinforcing the bond between the two nations.
“Peshawar Zalmi is not only pleased to assist in top-notch coaching and mentoring of cricketers in China, but also providing them with a platform to recognise their talent and motivate them to achieve international recognition,” added the Zalmi statement.
In the event held at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, cricketers Jian Li and Yufie Zhang were also present.
Zalmi’s director of cricket affairs, Mohammad Akram, said that Zalmi plans to invigorate cricket in China and a coaching team will travel to the country for a seminar to kick off the collaboration and hold coaching programs to identify and groom young Chinese talent.
He added that China Zalmi will take part in tournaments organised 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.