Qa­lan­dars spin duo Farzan Raja, Ah­san Mirza signed by Tas­ma­nia Cricket

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SYD­NEY: La­hore Qa­lan­dars spin duo of Farzan Raja and Ah­san Mirza have been signed by Tas­ma­nia Cricket, a La­hore Qa­lan­dars of­fi­cials said. Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial, the Aus­tralian state as­so­ci­a­tion has signed the play­ers for two months and could also be given a chance to sign a Big Bash League con­tract to rep­re­sent the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes.

“They have been signed for two months by Cricket Tas­ma­nia,” Chief Op­er­a­tion Of­fi­cer of Qa­lan­dars Sameen Rana said. He added, “The play­ers will train with Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes’ play­ers and will also play club and academy teams dur­ing this stint."

“This is also a great op­por­tu­nity for them to prove them­selves and earn a con­tract to rep­re­sent Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes in Big Bash League,” Rana added.

Raja and Mirza are part of Qa­lan­dars de­vel­op­ment squad that is cur­rently tour­ing Aus­tralia and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the five-team Quin Se­ries T20.

Both the play­ers said they were ex­cited to have this op­por­tu­nity and are look­ing for­ward to earn­ing max­i­mum ben­e­fit from this.

“I am thank­ful to the man­age­ment of La­hore Qa­lan­dars, spe­cially Sameen Rana and Aqib Javed who made it pos­si­ble for me,” Raja said.

He added, he will give his best dur­ing the stint and make his coun­try proud. “This is a life­time op­por­tu­nity for me.”

Equally ex­cited, Mirza has his eyes set on the Big Bash League.

“It’s a big mo­ment for me and In­sha’Al­lah, I will do my best to im­press team Hur­ri­canes and win BBL con­tract,” Mirza said.

Both Mirza and Raja were picked by La­hore Qa­lan­dars dur­ing the Play­ers De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram. They have rep­re­sented La­hore Qa­lan­dars in the Play­ers De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram Tour­na­ment be­fore be­ing picked for Qa­lan­dars de­vel­op­ment squad to tour Abu Dhabi and Syd­ney.

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