PJL Mentors and Icons 2022 | Afridi, Sammy, Shoaib, Miandad Mentors

On June 29, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman shared the details of mentors for Pakistan Junior League 2022, which will be held on October 06, 2022. Four legendary players will be PJL Mentors 2022. Their names are listed below.

Team Mentor
Bahawalpur (Southern Punjab)Imran Tahir
Gujranwala (Central Punjab)Shoaib Malik
Gwadar (Balochistan)Sir Viv Richards
Hyderabad (Sindh)Darren Sammy
Mardan (KPK)Shahid Afridi
Rawalpindi (Northern)Colin Munro

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Among the four, Javed Miandad will play the role of league-leading mentor, while the remaining six will be the team’s mentors. Javed Miandad participated in six world cups from 1975 to 1996. He was also appointed coach of the Pakistani team for three teams.

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The young and talented players aged under-19 will learn the tactics, pressure handling, and scoring of runs in almost every condition. Shahid Afridi, Darren Sammy, and Shoaib Malik will lead individual dug-outs. They are not only Pakistan Junior League mentors but also ambassadors of the teams they are mentoring.


Read more to learn more about the history and records of these famous icons. Let’s Start…

Pakistan Junior League PJL Mentors

Javed Miandad

Mohammad Javed Miandad was born in Karachi on June 12, 1957. He played a role as a batter and a leg break bowler in Pakistan’s team. In 1975, Javed made his ODI debut against West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham, in the 1975 World Cup. Interestingly, his last ODI match was also a World played in Runs, played in Runs, eight matches. Javed Miandad played in six world cups. He played 223 ODIs and scored 7,381 runs, including eight centuries and 50 half-centuries.

On October 9, 1976, Javed Miandad made his test debut against New Zealand at Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The Legend played 124 tests and notched 8832 runs.

Miandad led the Pakistan team in 34 Tests and 62 ODI matches. He also served as Pakistan’s team coach three times. He is also famous for his match-winning sixer on the last ball of the final match against India. In 1986, Pakistan and India played the Sharjah final match. The Pakistani team required four runs to win the match against India. Javed Miandad hit a six on the last ball against Chetan Sharma and won the final match in Sharjah. Javed Miandad is a Leading PJL Mentors.

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Records and Achievements:

  • Javed Miandad is among the players to have their name in “The PCB Hall of Fame”.
  • In 1986, he received the President’s Pride of Performance.
  • He is among the three players who have played in six World Cups. Others were Sachen Tendulkar and Mithali Raj.
  • Javed scored 1033 runs in 33 matches across six World Cup tournaments.
  • He has a record of the maximum number of consecutive half-centuries in ODI internationals. 
  • Javed Miandad was the youngest captain at 22 years old.
  • Miandad was also awarded the Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the president. 
  • He is the youngest player to score a double century.

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Shahid Afridi

Sahib Zada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi (known as Shahid Afridi/Boom Boom/Lala) was born in Khyber Agency, Fata, on March 1, 1980. Boom Boom is one of his era’s most energetic and crowd-puller players. He was a rounder (Right Arm Batsman and Right Arm Leg Spinner).

Shahid Afridi made his ODI debut against Kenya at Agha Khan Sports Club Ground on 2 October 1996, his Test debut against Australia at National Stadium Karachi on 22 October 1998, and his T20 debut against England at County Ground on 28 August 2006.

Shahid Afridi became the Pakistan team captain after Younas Khan’s retirement. He has the record for the fastest fifty and a century. He was also the captain of Peshawar Zalmi in 2016. He also has a history of four consecutive sixes in ODI, T20, Test, and T10 leagues. Shahid Afridi holds the record for the longest six.

Records and Achievements:

  • Afridi was awarded the Pride of Performance by the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, on March 23, 2010.
  • President Mamnoon Hussain gave the Sitar-e-Imtiaz to Afridi on the 23rd of March 2018.
  • First Fastest Century on 37 balls.
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Darren Sammy:

Darren Julius Garvey Sammy was born in Micoud, Saint Lucia, on December 20, 1983. Darren Sammy is the first Saint Lucian cricketer to have played international cricket. He is the former allrounder and captain of the West Indies cricket team.

He made his ODI debut against New Zealand at the Rose Bowl on July 08, 2004, his test debut against England at the Emirates Old Trafford on June 07, 2007, and his T20 debut against England at the Kinnanton Oval on June 28, 2007. He became the captain of the West Indies team in 2010.

Under the captaincy of Darren, the West Indies won two T20 world cups. He has also remained the captain of Peshawar Zalmi, and in his captaincy, Peshawar won the title in 2017. He has played the role of head coach for Peshawar Zalmi.

Records and Achievements:

  • Darren Sammy was awarded the Sitar-e-Imtiaz by Pakistan in 2022.
  • He played the most consecutive matches as a captain.
  • Darren holds the record for the highest ball catch.

Shoaib Malik:

Shoaib Malik was born in Sialkot, Pakistan, on February 01, 1982. Malik is a former national team player and was also part of Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, and Multan Sultans. He also led the Pakistani national team from 2007 to 2009. Shoaib is an all-rounder having experience of almost 23 years.

Shoaib Malik made his ODI debut against the West Indies at Sharjah on October 14, 1999. He started his Test career against Bangladesh at Multan on August 29, 2001. Malik made his T20 debut against England at Bristol on August 28, 2006. 

Malik played the most matches in his career and won the most player of the series awards.

Records and Achievements:

  • Shoaib Malik is the highest run scorer in Pakistan.
  • He also achieved the most Player of the Series and Man of the Match awards.
  • Malik also played the most matches in Pakistan cricket history.

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PJL Foreign Mentors/Icons

PCB is approaching three foreign coaches for the first season of PJL to hone their young talent with their exceptional skills. PCB will soon update these three coaches. Recently, a well-known cricketer has been approached and shown interest in PJL’s inaugural season.

As you know, PCB has recently launched a franchise based under 19 cricket league. It will commence on October 06, 2022, to develop more professionalism in young talent.

Following are the three foreign coaches to join the opening season of PJL 2022:

  • Imran Tahir (South African Former Leg Spinner)
  • Colin Munro

Imran Tahir

Mohammad Imran Tahir is a Pakistan-born (born on March 27, 1979, in Punjab) former South African international cricketer. Imran Tahir carved the reptation as one of the best limited-over leg spinners. He used leg-break googly as a special weapon. And his googly action made him the best spinner. Imran Tahir is also known for his running celebration after every wicket he takes, known as the Marathon.

Tahir was born in Pakistan, but he moved to South Africa. He played in internationals, the IPL, the PSL, and many other well-known cricket leagues. Imran made his ODI international debut against the West Indies in Delhi on February 24, 2011. He played his first international test against Australia at Cape Town on November 09, 2011. Imran Tahir started his t20 career against Sri Lanka in Colombo on August 2, 2013. Imran Tahir was part of the national team of South Africa in many world cups or the T20 world cup.

Imran Tahir is the highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Cup for South Africa, with 39 wickets.

Achievements and Records 

  • Imran Tahir is the highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Cup for South Africa, with 39 wickets.
  • He was the first bowler to take seven wickets in ODI international
  • Imran was nominated as t20 player of the year in 2013.
  • Tahir holds the record of taking the fastest 100 ODI wickets and 50 t20 wickets,
  • In 2022, he was nominated as ICC men’s T20 Cricketer of the decade.
  • On March 4, 2017, Imran Tahir had a record of the most economical ten overs spell (10-0-14-2) for the South Africans against New Zealand
  • Mohammad Tahir was the first South African and fourth overall to take 4-wickets in an innings in all three ICC events (World Cup, Champion Trophy, World T20)

Colin Munro

Colin Munro (born 11 March 1987) is a South African-born New Zealand player who has played international matches of limited overs. He is famous because of his big-hitting power as a New Zealand player. Munro debuted in first-class cricket in 2006, but he couldn’t make his position in international cricket for a long time. So, he was dropped many times, but after the selection of Colin in the 2012 New Zealand national team, he made outstanding records for his team.

Talking about his international career, Munro started his T20 career against South Africa in Durban on December 21, 2012. Munro made his ODI debut against South Africa at Kimberley on January 22, 2013. Munro played one test against South Africa at Gqebreha on January 11, 2013.

Achievements and Records 

  • Munro has the 9th highest strike rate in an inning.
  • He has the record for the most sixes and fours in his career.
  • Colin Munro, the 17th player in the match, was the winner,

Questions about PJL Mentors

In PJL 2022, four mentors are announced. And more mentors will be announced soon.

Four mentors are announced in PJL 2022, which are listed below:

  • Javed Miandad
  • Shahid Afridi
  • Darren Sammy
  • Shoaib Malik
  • Imran Tahir
  • Colin Munro
  • Viv Richards

Javed Miandad will be the lead mentor among the four mentioned above. The remaining three will lead the respective dugouts.

According to PCB, three local and three foreign mentors will serve.

According to PCB Official, three local and three foreign mentors will serve.

The following three legendary players will be appointed as PJL foreign icons with PJL 2022. 

  1. Imran Tahir
  2. Viv Richards
  3. Colin Munro
  4. Darren Sammy

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