Pakistan’s former Test cricketer Arshad Khan said that the perception regarding the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ignoring players from Karachi, is wrong.
While talking to the media at National Stadium Karachi, Khan replied to a question about not selecting any player from Karachi in Pakistan U19 squad for ACC Under-19 Youth Asia Cup and said that the selectors give priority to best combinations.
“I don’t think so that any player has been ignored. It is a wrong perception that players from Karachi are getting ignored. We always give chances to the talented players,” he told the media on the sidelines of Sindh region trials conducted by the PCB.
Khan, who is the chief selector of Sindh region trials, thinks that Karachi is the nursery of cricket and players get highlighted by this city.
“See, players from across Sindh have reached to Karachi prove their mettle. I have personally noticed very talented players who can become a strong prospect for Pakistan in the future,” he said.
Former off-spinner found the talented off-spinner during the first day of trial and is hopefull to send the names of at least two quality spinners to the board. “I have observed a couple of good spinners here and I am hoping a little bit of grooming will make them strong for future,” Khan said.
On the other hand, the selector highlighted that lack of quality fast bowlers is the main concern for them. “So far, I haven’t seen any fast bowler in the trials who can go further to represent the region,” he stated.
A total of 80 players will attend the two days trial during which they will go through different practice sessions to prove their strength.
Earlier, PCB announced the schedule of trials in six regions according to their new domestic structure. After completion of trials, two teams from six regions, comprised of 16 players each, will be made.