Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi on Monday proffered the rank of honorary lieutenant in the Pakistan Navy on Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman. Cricketer Fakhar Zaman Made Honorary Lieutenant by Pakistan Navy.
Fakhar Zaman is an enthralled Pakistani cricketer who plays for the Pakistan national cricket team and Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. On 20 July 2018, he became the first batsman for Pakistan to score a double century in a One Day International match.
Zaman’s Association with Pakistan Navy
Zaman, an ex-Pakistan Navy serviceman, was privileged for his achievements in the cricket arena and association with the navy at a special chevron award ceremony held at the Naval Headquarters, a statement issued by the Pakistan Navy said.
According to the press release
“Zaman had joined the navy in 2007 as a sailor in the Operations Branch, Zaman’s excellent cricket talent was spotted during his early years in service. He represents Pakistan Navy in many tournaments. His performance in the game remained incomparable and he earned numerous laurels for the navy.”
To honour achievements in cricket & association with @PakistanNavy, CNS Adm Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi conferred renowned cricketer Fakhar Zaman rank of Honorary Lieutenant. A special epaulette award ceremony was held at NHQ, Isb. (1/3)@TheRealPCB pic.twitter.com/d55Tzc5BOF
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“It was in 2012 while he was serving in the navy when he participated in the International Defence Cricket Challenge Cup 2012 held in Australia and was declared best player of the tournament. In recognition of his cricketing skills, he was rewarded with Sanad-e-Tahseen by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).”
The Pakistan national cricket squad, the statement said
“Because of his skills and extraordinary talent, the Pakistan Navy graciously provided him the opportunity to continue his career in cricket. His major career achievements to date include a match-winning century against India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, in which he was declared the Man of the Match. He also became the fastest player to score 1,000 runs in just 18 one-day internationals in the year 2018.”
“He became the first Pakistani to score a double century in an ODI and had a record opening partnership of 304 runs in 2018. He also made a world record by amassing 512 runs in five consecutive ODI series. In the National T20 Cup 2020, he was declared the best player and batsman.”
Cricketer Fakhar Zaman Made Honorary Lieutenant by Pakistan Navy
Admiral Niazi congratulated Zaman
“Zaman is honoured for his achievements for Pakistan in the field of cricket. The Pakistan Navy had been supporting various sports and had produced several professional players like Zaman who represented the country.”
The award ceremony was attended by civil and military officials and bigwigs from the Pakistan Cricket Board. Former cricket players and Zaman’s family members were also present to greet Zaman on his big day.