Lahore Qalandars' owner Atif Rana dedicated their Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8's trophy to hockey.
Qalandars, who came forward to save the country's national game, successfully defended their PSL title after defeating Multan Sultans in the eighth edition's final on March 18.
On Tuesday, the winning trophy was taken to Qalandars' high-performance center in Lahore. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF)'s general secretary Haider Hussain accompanied Qalandars owners Atif, Sameen Rana, and head coach Aqib Javed during the trophy tour.
In a video shared by Qalandars, Atif said PSL 8's trophy is a symbol of hockey. "You know why I am happy about PSL 8-winning trophy? Because this is the symbol of hockey. It will now transform hockey in Pakistan," he said.
PHF's secretary disclosed that every hockey player in the country was praying for Qalandars' victory. "Every hockey prayed for Lahore Qalandars as their victory brings hope for them," he shared.
Qalandars' management aims to revive hockey in Pakistan. They took an initiative to hold open trials in Karachi and Lahore.
During PSL 8, Shaheen Afridi and the company reached Karachi Hockey Association (KHA) ground to watch the trials. Hundreds of kids appeared in the trials at KHA. Trials in Lahore will take place later on.
After the trials, Qalandars will host a hockey series between the teams of Karachi and Lahore. Shaheen will be the ambassador of Karachi whereas Haris Rauf will be in the camp of Lahore.