LAHORE – Shoaib Akhtar participated in the trials which were organised by Sprite recently for the youth here at Liberty Market as part of the on-ground activity and scouted players for Sprite Cricket Next (SCN) 2012, who will proceed to the next phase of the activity and will get a chance to be a part of Shoaib’s ‘Josh’ squad.

Talking to the media at the event, Shoaib said: “Sprite as a brand realizes the importance of street cricket and has always promoted the sport at its grass root level. Sprite Cricket Next has provided a platform to street cricketers through which they can showcase their talent. Through SCN, I will personally conduct trials of these young players and will train the best bowlers scouted amongst them. I am really impressed with the enthusiasm that these players have shown and I want to thank SCN for providing me the opportunity to meet these passionate cricketers. I request street cricketers to continue participating in SCN with the same passion and fervor. Who knows the next Shoaib Akhtar from Pakistan could be you.”  Sprite will continue to conduct such trials across Pakistan and Shoaib will personally scout talent for them.