‘Karachi need more cricket academies’ says former KCCA president


The former president of the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) Dr. Ejaz Farooqui stressed upon the need to build more cricket academies in Karachi to provide ample opportunities to the youngsters to showcase their talent.

“We need to build academies which can facilitate the players in best possible ways,” said Farooqui while talking to the ARY Sports.

He said that the academies like UBL, State Bank Ground and others are working keenly to produce young players who can represent Pakistan at the international level.

“Some cricket academies are working truly to polish the skills of youngsters and Karachi is known for producing great players,” said Farooqui who thinks that the main source of produing players is regions from where the players get a proper identity.

He rated Karachi’s infrastructure highly saying that if it gets proper concentration the things will turn right for players and as well as for region.

“Our infrastructure is strong and in past Karachi has produced talented cricketers who hoisted the flag of Pakstan,” he said.

Former president of KCCA also opposed the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to reduce the number of departments from domestic cricket.

“This decision will go against both regions and departments. PCB must look into this matter as it will harm our domestic cricket,” said Farooqui who thinks that regions are capable of facilitating the players.

On the other hand, Farooqui praised the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for producing players for Pakistan team. He said that it is a platform where young players get full freedom to show their strength.

“PSL has given Pakistan’s cricket a new life as it is now one of the biggest leagues around the world,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Ejaz Farooqui served as the president of KCCA from 2014 to 2017.