Cricket star Fakhar Zaman awarded honorary Lieutenant rank by Pakistan Navy

Fakhar Zaman conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant by Pakistan Navy chief in recognition of his excellent cricket skills

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi on Monday conferred the rank of honorary lieutenant in the Pakistan Navy on Pakistan cricket star Fakhar Zaman.

He was honoured with the title in recognition of his achievements in cricket and association with the Pakistan Navy. The appointment was witnessed by his family and cricket fraternity.

In his address at the ceremony, Admiral Niazi congratulated Zaman for his achievements for Pakistan in the field of cricket. He said that the Pakistan Navy had been supporting various sports and had produced a number of professional players who represented the country.

In a Twitter message, Fakhar Zaman said he was “humbled to Allah Almight and thankful to CNS Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi for bestowing me Honourary Lieutenant Rank of Pakistan Navy”. He also thanked his family and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for constant support.

Zaman – a former Navy serviceman

Zaman, an ex-Pakistan Navy serviceman, joined the navy in 2007 as a sailor in the Operations Branch. Zaman’s excellent cricket talent was recognized during his early years in service, as represented the Pakistan Navy in various tournaments. “His performance in the game remained exceptional and he earned numerous laurels for the navy”, the Navy statement said.

Owing to his extraordinary talent, the Pakistan Navy “graciously provided him the opportunity to continue his career in cricket” and join the Pakistan national cricket squad.

Zaman – an impressive cricketer

Zaman’s international debut 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 won the best player title in the tournament.

Zaman’s key major career achievements include:

  • A match-winning century against India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, in which he was named the Man of the Match.
  • He became the fastest player to score 1,000 runs in just 18 one-day internationals in 2018.
  • Zaman became the first Pakistani to score a double century in an ODI and had a record opening partnership of 304 runs in 2018.
  • Fakhar Zaman made a world record by accumulating 512 runs in five consecutive ODI series.
  • He was declared the best player and batsman in the National T20 Cup 2020.
Salma Khan
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