KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board has announced plans to conduct a nationwide school tournament with the name of Hafeez Kardar Cup.
Abdul Hafeez Kardar, who was the first test skipper of Pakistan, is one of the most respected legends of Pakistan cricket history.
The tournament is likely feature thousands of children from all over Pakistan and all the 16 regions and the 97 cricketing districts will supervise it.
Board released a statement which said, “This tournament will be organised by the PCB and will be administrated by all 16 regions and their 97 cricketing districts.”
The tournament will increase the pool of cricketers in the country. Junior selectors will monitor players’ performances and kids with impressive performance will be sent to the NCA for coaching.
“Junior selectors will be tasked to monitor this tournament and the best players will be sent to the NCA for coaching,” the statement said.
The tournament will include government as well as private schools of the country, it is the first time that both private and government schools will feature in a single tournament.
The board is keen that the tournament does not clash with children’s exams, “It will be ensured that the matches do not interfere with schools examinations. The main objective of the schools program is to build a national base for junior cricket including more educated junior players.”
The final of the Hafeez Kardar Cup is likely to be held in Karachi on Lahore depending on the weather of the cities.
The tournament will start from the next cricket season and Junaid Zia, the consultant to the PCB for school cricket will administer it.
The PCB also mulled about disclosing the plans of national club championship and an inter-university tournament soon as well.