LAHORE: Zalmi Foundation and Turkey Sports Developing Organisation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote cricket for development of sports in Turkey.
Javed Afridi signed on behalf of the Zalmi Foundation whereas the President of the Turkish Developing Sports Branches Federation, Hassan Ozturk signed on behalf of the organization at a ceremony held here on Monday at the Turkey's Embassy, said a spokesman of the Peshawar Zalmi here.
"After promoting cricket in Austria and China, Peshawar Zalmi sports aims to promote cricket in Turkey and to play an important role in development of sports," said Javed Arfidi, Chairman Zalmi while speaking at the ceremony. Turkish cricketers, Mehmet Sert, Tunahan Turn and Turkish Women Cricket Team vice captain, Yagmur Tasdelen, Ankara Sports Club President, Hasan Sabit and Salman Ali (Coordinator of Ankara Sports Club) were also present.
Javed Afridi said, "Cricket being a part of the universal culture, is an important instrument of combining people of both Pak & Turkey. It is just another attempt which will contribute to world peace. It can be defined as a totality of exertions realised in order to affect positively social and moral benefits as well as physical benefits. Since Pakistan and Turkey have had great relations. In order to further strengthen this relationship, this initiative will play a monumental role.
Moreover, we will promote cricket on the grass-roots level which includes school cricket.
"We will further promote and develop bilateral cooperation in areas including the competition and the training of cricketers, coaches and technical officials; exchange and training programmes for officials between the two countries; the exchange and sharing of best practices and information in relation to policies and programmes to benefit the vulnerable areas," he asserted.
He said in the exchange programme Peshawar Zalmi coaches will tour to Turkey to coach young aspiring cricketers and improve their level of cricket.
"Two Turkish cricketers will accompany the Zalmi team for PSL 4 and get a chance to learn from the big stars of the game," said Zalmi Chairman.
This will be a great opportunity for them." Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan, Mustafa Yardakal said "Turkey has a lot of cricket talent. After this MoU, this talent will get the chance to showcase themselves and enter into the mainstream cricket arena.
Peshawar Zalmi formulated the Zalmi Foundation to promote youth empowerment, cricket, peace, human development and social activism across Pakistan. Through the Foundation, it has managed to develop 100 cricket nets and have successfully executed events such as Zalmi Talent Hunt, Zalmi School League, Zalmi Madrasa League in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Zalmi Azadi Cup to promote cricket in KPK. Before Turkey, Zalmi Foundation already signed an MoU with the Austrian Cricket Association.