Two of Pakistan’s cricketing legends – Inzamam Ul Haq and Shoaib Akhtar – along with former CEO of ICC Haroon Lorgat met Lahore Qalandars’ players to boost their morale ahead of action in Abu Dhabi T20.
The duo encouraged players to give their best and play aggressively during the tournament.
“This is the best opportunity you have to show the world what you have got. Go and give your best,” Akhtar told squad at pep talk session arranged ahead of Lahore Qalandars game against Yorkshire Vikings.
“You should know that you are the best in your field and that’s why you’re here, representing the team,” he added.
Akhtar advised the youngsters to be in company of those who are better than them.
“In such company you will always get to learn,” he said.
Inzamam wished players all the best for the cricketing action.
“I wish you all the best. Have faith in yourself and give your best,” the former batting legend and the current current chief selector told the players.
Haroon Lorgat, the former ICC CEO from South Africa also spoke to the players.
Earlier in first match of Abu Dhabi T20 touurnament, Colin Ingram’s superbly measured 84 not out fired his Boost Defenders to a comfortable 35-run win over Auckland in the inaugural match of the Abu Dhabi T20 competition at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
The South African batsman underpinned an imposing 205-5 by smashing six fours and five sixes in a powerful 47-ball assault having earlier been inserted by opposite number Craig Cachopa.
Captain Ingram then struck once with his part-time leg-spinners in a comfortable defence of the target to start Group B in ideal fashion and build on the current feel good factor surrounding Afghanistan cricket.