PESHAWAR   -   Peshawar Zalmi has begun trials for the eighth season of the Pakistan Super League at the Jamrud Sports Complex in the Khyber district.

Director of Zalmi Cricket and former fast bowler Muhammad Akram said that to uncover talented children from different regions in Khyber Pakhtunkh­wa, Zalmi trials will continue till Sep­tember 20.

He said that in the Khyber district, players from Peshawar, Khyber, Mo­hmand, Bajaur, Kohat, Bannu and Kar­ak turned up on the first day while players from various districts includ­ing Hangu, Kurram, Orakzai, Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, Lakki Marwat and North Waziristan would appear in the trials on September 16.

Likewise, trials for the players from Haripur, Mansehra, Battagram, Toghar, Upper and Lower Kohistan, Upper and Lower Chitral and Abbottabad would be arranged in Haripur on Septem­ber 18. Players from Swabi, Buner and Mardan would participate in the tri­als on September 19 and those from Charsadda, Shangla, Swat and Now­shera would appear in the trials on September 20.

Muhammad Akram said the tri­als were open to all to ensure oppor­tunities for youths across Khyber Pa­khtunkhwa. The selection committee including Wajahat Ullah Wasti, Mu­hammad Fayyaz, and former star bats­man Inzamam Ul Haq would monitor the performance of the players before finalising a total of seven teams and a team selected in the United Kingdom would also come to Pakistan for the League Tournament.

He said the selection of players in the first phase would be made through tri­als and after short-listing seven teams, the performance of each selected play­er would be statistically monitored be­fore including them in the Zalmi team in the forthcoming HBL PSL-8.

He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been dominant in domestic crick­et for several years and expressed hope that they will discover more talent.

He stated that 29 locations, includ­ing all of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s ma­jor and minor cities, would host these public trials.