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Around 500 players in connection for 66 PJL slots

Around 500 players in connection for 66 PJL slots

More than 250 Pakistani and over 175 foreign cricketers aged 16-19 will be available in the pool for selection as the Pakistan Junior League draft is set to take place on September 8th, 2022. Over 500 players showed their interest in participating in the league, but 425 have made it to the draft.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set criteria to register in the PJL as the interested candidates were required to upload a video showing their talent (bat or bowl) in the video under the official hashtags on twitter. The board received plenty of videos and has finalized over 400 after carefully assessing picking the worthy talent.

Picking foreign cricketers in the first season of PJL will give the U19 T20 league a major boost. It is Ramiz Raja’s dream project since he wanted to make a PSL-like tournament for U19 and junior cricketers possible. Notably, the PJL 1 will run from October 6th till 21st featuring six teams.

The list of local players includes those who participated in U19 one-day and three-day tournaments organized by the PCB in the ongoing season. Players who were selected for their respective Cricket Association for the two premier national U19 competitions are eligible for the draft even if they have not played a single match.

The foreign players will vie for 24 spots, four in each team. Out of 250 local players, only 66 will be able to book their slots for each side. All contestants have been divided into three categories, namely Elite, Premier and X-factor.

Notably, the Elite category includes high-ranked players who have marked their appearances for their national U19 team or have made an impact at the domestic level organised by an ICC Full Member cricket board.

On the other hand, the category Premier includes players who have notable age-group cricket experience or have been part of pathway cricket for their boards. X-factor includes Associate Member board players as well as promising local talent.

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