Former Islamabad United player Colin Munro has been contracted to join the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Junior League (PJL) as a mentor. He has been added to the mentor panel alongside South Africa’s Imran Tahir, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, West Indies’ Darren Sammy. This mentor panel of PJL will overall be managed by former Pakistani player Javed Miandad.
With the inclusion of Munro and Tahir, PJL now owns five mentors, and the figure will soon be turned to six. The six-member team of PJL mentors will be soon announce by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The New Zealand batter Munro termed PJL an initiative that can be game-changer. He also praised the PCB for investing in raw talent and young cricketers, providing them a platform to showcase their skill, and gain a skillset. As quoted by the board, he said,
“I am excited to be part of the inaugural Pakistan Junior League, which I believe will be a game-changer for Pakistan cricket. Investing in youngsters, securing the future of the game and ensuring the national side continues to move in an upward direction should be the objectives of all administrators and I think the PCB has taken a lead here by launching this tournament, which will expose the young talent to the rigours and demands of top-level cricket and help Pakistan in the longer run,”
As far as Pakistan-born Tahir is concerned, he is delighted to be part of PJL, helping the young talent and finds it as the most satisfying achievement of his career. He further has commented that he owns a lot to his motherland. Imran is all set to work with the bowlers, turning them into quality spinners.
“Returning to Lahore for the Pakistan Junior League in a team mentor’s role is one of my most satisfying achievements as I still owe a lot to my country of birth. This is an exciting opportunity to work with emerging slow bowlers and help them develop and flourish so that they have a chance to emulate the great spinners this country has produced,”
— Pakistan Junior League (@ThePJLofficial) July 29, 2022
The inaugural edition of the PJL will feature six teams and is all set to begin on October 1st till 15th of the month in Lahore.
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