Karachi regional cricket academy to be launched soon, says Shahryar Khan

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KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Shahryar Khan announced that the Karachi regional cricket academy is nearing completion and it is all set to launch.

Mudassar Nazar, who is recently appointed as the director of academies, a post created to groom and nurture talent in Pakistan, will head the Karachi regional academy as well.

The project was delayed due to different reasons, however, but, the board is finally going to launch it.

Shahryar Khan said while talking to media outside National Stadium in Karachi, “Mudassar Nazar will look after the Karachi regional cricket academy besides his contribution towards Lahore’s National Cricket Academy (NCA),” he said. “We hope to launch the project in the coming days.”

PCB has faced a lot of criticism for not launching any academies with advance facilities in different parts of the country despite of having a large pool of domestic cricketers, but, there is only one well equipped cricket academy in Pakistan, which is the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Cricketers from different parts of the country have to travel to Lahore to use the facility, moreover, the academy is mainly opened for national and Pakistan A team players.

Big names of Pakistan, such as Shahid Afridi has expressed his concern in the past about having just a single academy as he said that established players as well emerging players need facilities to sharpen their skills to compete at the highest level.

The PCB boss also mulled about launching academies in different cities of the country as well. He said, “Besides Karachi, we will be setting-up academies in Multan and Quetta as well.”

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