Lahore Qalandars' skipper Sohail Akhtar slammed the first century of the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20. He hit 100 against Yorkshire Vikings on Thursday night and continued his prime form with 37 runs versus Hobart Hurricanes on Friday.
Sohail had a decent outing in the Pakistan Super League too but is playing as an opener for the first time in his career. However the graduation to the top saw the 32-year-old reach his maiden century from 56 balls with 11 boundaries and five sixes.
"I'm very happy with my first hundred in T20. All the credit goes to my coach Aaqib Javed and the management. It was at their behest that I opened the innings. Otherwise I have always been a middle-order batsman. The coach helped me a lot in net sessions."
He is happier for the opportunity youngsters in the team are getting.
"We have lot of boys in the side who are playing for the first time under lights and overseas too. They were under pressure but I comforted everyone and said none should be bogged down if there is a misfield or dropped catch or any bowler is hit for six and four. All these are part of learning process and playing on an international platform."
Sohail said there are boys in the side from the franchise-led Player Development Programme.
"We had more than 200,000 aspirants attend the recent trials. These boys are giving their 100 per cent. I believe more teams should start such programmes for betterment of Pakistan cricket," he added.