The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Junior League (PJL 1) is all set to run between October 6th and 21st at Lahore’s Gadaffi Stadium. The Pakistani fans might not be expecting international cricketers in PJL, but Ramiz Raja, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is taking every measure to make it a hyped and loved U19 PSL-like T20 league.
It was announced in April 2022 and will become a reality, featuring U19 cricketers to represent different cities of Pakistan. Not only the locals, but foreign cricketers from all across the world are going to be PJL 1 part. In order to be eligible for the contest, a player must carry a birth certificate of September 1st, 2003, or earlier, but players born after that will not be allowed.
Although South Africa and New Zealand Cricket Boards (CSA and NZC) have not allowed their players following candidates’ exam schedules clashing with PJL, but eight top Test-playing nations have nominated their players. Cricketers from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and Zimbabwe have been nominated for PJL 1 by their respective boards.
Moreover, foreign cricketers from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Nepal, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Scotland, and the UAE have also been nominated to play PJL 1. In order to be the league’s part, the board asked interested candidates to publish their bowling or batting videos using official hashtags revealed. The videos are still being assessed by the PCB. The players will soon be finalized for PJL 1 draft.