Jazz Rising Star Cricket Tournament is back. Jazz Rising Star is a yearly tournament initiated by Lahore Qalandars, a Pakistan Super League franchise. This year the tournament will start on 2nd June and thus preparations will begin for the PSL 4.
The trials of Jazz Rising Star Cricket Tournament will be held from June 27 to August 18. Trials will be held in 8 different cities of Pakistan including FATA. All players in the age group 15-23 can be part of this cricket talent hunt program in Pakistan. The program has three stages talent hunt, tournament and finally the development academy phase. Initially, 300 players are selected who are then shortlisted to 16 potential candidates.
In 2017, Jazz Rising Star took trials to Azad Jammu Kashmir and found a fresh new talent Salman Arshad who proved himself in the third edition of PSL.
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The aim of Jazz Rising Star is to give an opportunity to the young talent of Pakistan and to provide them a platform where they can show their skills & cricketing ability to the world. A chance to bring new cricketing talent from the streets of Punjab and give the right guidance to the passionate cricket street players from all over the province.
Though Lahore Qalandars were not able to perform at all in PSL 3 and remained at the last spot, the management still found new talent through Jazz Rising Star like Shaheen Shah Afridi and Salman Arshad.
Once Lahore Qalandars is done with the trials, they will select 16 players who will play internationally and groom their talent.
In 2017 the 16 players that were selected were sent to Australia. In Australia, they played against Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Thunders, and Sydney Sixers.