Sarfaraz Ahmed, the wicket-keeper batsman met the players of the National U-19 Cricket Team at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Lahore on Monday. On this occasion, Sarfaraz Ahmed also gave useful suggestions to the young players.
The 32-year-old thinks that the competition in South Africa will be a great platform for young cricketers to shine and transform themselves at the next level.
“I have told the boys this is a perfect platform to graduate to the next level as we had also gone through this route,” He said.
He gave examples of emerging pace bowling duo of Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi who are now playing for Pakistan at the senior level.
“Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are prime examples, they came from this set-up and are now a part of the national team,” He added.
Sarfaraz believes that this team has the capability to beat any team in the competition and has the firepower to win the tournament as the team has performed well in South Africa and other recent series.
While remembering his time when he represented Pakistan at the Junior level and captained the side to a win in the final of 2006 U19 World Cup.
“I have great memories of my time in the U19 side. The best one is the final which we won in the 2006 World Cup. The way we won it, I am going to remember it for the rest of my life. We had a brilliant time and we played like one.”
It must be noted that the U-19 cricket team’s training camp for the preparation of the U-19 Cricket World Cup 2020 is underway in the NCA from January 1st. They will leave for South Africa on January 10 after attending a 9-day training camp, where the mega event will begin on January 17.
Pakistan will start their campaign on January 19 against Scotland. The second match against Zimbabwe on 22 and with Bangladesh on 24.