PESHAWAR, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 14th Aug, 2018 ) :Nowshera Zalmi Greens clinched the trophy after upsetting Khyber Greens in the final by 7 wickets in the Zalmi Azadi Twenty20 Cricket Cup played here at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Caretaking Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice (Retd) Dost Muhammad Khan was the chief guest on this occasion.
Chief Executive Officer Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi, former Test cricketer Muhammad Akram, officials, players from various participating Zalmi teams from all across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and large number of spectators were also present.
The Zalmi Azadi Cup-2018 ended on Tuesday with Nowshera Zalmi Greens being crowned the Champions. They won the match by 7 wickets.
Khyber Zalmi Greens were put to bat first and they scored 151 runs and were all out.
Rehan Afridi scored 40 runs and was the top scorer. Umar Alam took 3 wickets.
In reply, Nowshera Zalmi Greens chased the target for the loss of 3 wickets. Raza Gillani scored 40 runs for the winning side. For Khyber Zalmi Greens, Sameen Gul took 2 wickets. Caretaker Chief Minister Dost Muhammad Khan, Chairman Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi and Head Coach Peshawar Zalmi, Muhammad Akram distributed the awards amongst the winners.
The interim Chief Minister, Dost Muhamad Khan, said that the Azadi Cup was a source of joy on the auspicious occasion of Independence Day.
Peshawar Zalmi and Javed Afridi are working relentlessly for the promotion of cricket at the grass root level and their efforts are appreciated.
Chairman, Javed Afridi said that the Zalmi Foundation will continue to promote sports for the youth. Through the Zalmi Azadi Cup, hundreds of cricketers got the chance to showcase their talent and have a proper platform to play.
In the future, we will continue to bring such initiatives for the youth and produce good sportsmen. After the success of Zalmi Azadi Cup and Zalmi School League, we are now looking forward to our Zalmi Madrasa League and it will be beginning very shortly.
Head Coach Peshawar Zalmi, Muhammad Akram said that the tournament produced some great talented players. He urged the cricketers to keep working hard like this. Umar Alam was the man of the match for his three crucial wickets at the top. Before the final, Fakhar Zaman’s batting in the semi-final was a source of enjoyment for the crowd as he smashed 86 in just 40 balls. A large crowd came to witness the final at Arbab Niaz Stadium and enjoyed their independence day with cricket.
The cake of Javed Afridi’s birthday was also cut at the final.