Pakistan Cricket Board Launches New Talent Programme

Karachi: The PCB has found an unique way to tap budding cricketing talent in the country. A launch of a web portal is on the anvil in order to give talent hunters an idea about the reservoir of talent.

According to information received, the PCB will shortly launch a website on which any player who believes he is good enough to be considered for competitive cricket, can post a short video of his batting or bowling skills and other details about himself and his career. (Wasim Akram Upbeat About Pakistan’s Fast Bowling Reserves)

“These videos will then be viewed on a regular basis by the coaches at the NCA who will assess the talent on display. If the coaches find anyone suitable for future consideration he will then be called to the NCA for a further trial,” a board official said. (Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Says They Have Back-up Plans)

He said the idea to launch the website was floated by Chairman Shaharyar Khan, who was frankly fed up of hearing complaints that so and so deserving talent was ignored as he didn’t have the right means to be considered by the NCA coaches. “The idea is to not only expand the base of raw talent around the country but to also ensure no deserving player is ignored in future,” he said.

The official pointed out that internet facilities were now available even in remote areas of Pakistan so the board was expecting a strong response when the website is launched. The PCB and its selection committee has in recent times increased its stress on unearthing new talent and currently Pakistan’s former captain and fast bowling great, Wasim Akram is supervising a short camp for young pacers in Karachi. However the bunch of pacers sent to the camp were selected by the national selection committee and not by Akram.

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