Plenty of cricket talent available in the country, says Mudassar Nazar

Shukriya Pakistan

Karachi: PCB’s Director Academies and former all-rounder Mudassar Nazar. He talked to media, players and officials during U-19 training camp at the National Stadium.

He said, “The youngsters will have to struggle hard with lot of devotion and hard work to replace senior cricketers. There is no dearth of talent in the country, the uprising cricketers will have to shine in all departments of cricket to achieve their objective. In today’s cricket lot of emphasis is laid on fielding and physical fitness, we are trying to bring in best cricketers of the future by providing them modernized training and such activities will be initiated at all regional academies throughout the country.”

The president of KCCA Prof. Ejaz Farooqi was also present at this occasion. Karachi Regional U-19 cricket academy, which started after a span of 5 years, has two KCCA teams comprising 20 players each for training purpose.

Mudassar Nazar keenly watched the performance of players at the training camp and gave them various tips in a very congenial atmosphere. He demonstrated batting and bowling techniques and guided them with the ways of using a new ball.

While batting with coach Muhammad Masroor, he practically demonstrated running between wickets and also quoted examples of former Test captains like Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Majid Khan, Mushtaq Muhammad and various players. Later in the day, a question and answers session was also conducted.

While appreciating the facilities available at the Regional academy ,he announced that from next year the camp will be extended to 3 months for the junior cricketers. He also appreciated the coordination existing between coaches and different officials which would benefit the players.

Training camps for U-19 players are in progress at the regional level throughout the country under the supervision of PCB. Youngsters selected from cities like Karachi, Hyderabad, Dera Murad Jamali, Larkana, Bahawalpur, Multan, Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Abottabad, Fata, AJK and Quetta region, are attending these camps. The Board’s domestic coaches will brief basic rules of the game to the players and will also try to improve their fitness level.

The original little master of the world cricket, Hanif Mohammad lost the battle of his life on Thursday at a private hospital in Karachi.

The legendary Pakistani batsman was 81 years old, he was admitted to hospital last month citing some issues with respiration.

Almost three years back, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and it seemed like it was recurring. Last week, he was shifted to ventilator by the doctors and his condition was worsening constantly.

Earlier today, Shoaib Mohammad communicated reporters that his father has passed away, however, after some time he negated the news that he has got back the heart beat after six minutes.

Hanif Mohammad played 55 test matches for Pakistan and scored 3,915 runs at an average of 43.98. He played an astounding inning against the West Indies of 337 runs in a match saving cause. He spent 60 hours on the crease, which is still the longest inning of cricketing history.

His score of 337 runs is still the highest individual score for any Pakistani batsman in test matches. Furthermore, he held the highest individual score in a first class inning of 499 runs, he got run out while running for the 500th run. Later, this record was broken by Brian Charles Lara by scoring 500 runs.