We have to support budding cricketers financially, morally: Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif

Pakistan former Test captain, Rashid Latif said that Karachi is a nursery for cricketers and irrespective of the facilities available in the city, it will keep producing quality players for Pakistan.

“Even if there is no platform in the city, Karachi is a kind of nursery which will produce quality players,” he said while talking to ARY Sports on Tuesday.

The former captain emphasized on helping the players financially as well as morally because many talented individuals quit playing cricket due to different issues.

“There are players who quit cricket for various reasons, we have to support the needy ones financially as well as morally and we will do everything possible we can for them,” he added.

Rashid Latif told that as the team director, he is responsible for development and for the purpose he wants to work in different parts of Sindh to unearth valuable talented players.

“We plan to go interior Sindh, because it is always fun to work with kids at the grass root level, everyone is working at the national or franchise level, but it is important to work at the lower level,” he said.

He mentioned Karachi Kings’ contribution to the promotion of cricket in Karachi. Tournaments like Karachi Ke Shehzade have been quite effective for the growth of the sport.

“It is an achievement of Karachi Kings as well that two of Karachi’s teams (Blues and Whites) played the final of U-19 tournament and around 25 players from the Karachi Ke Shehzade tournament were part of the two teams that played the final,” he highlighted.

“Five of those players have represented Pakistan at the U-19 level which is huge,” he added.

He mentioned Umair Yousuf, Ashar Qureshi and Haider Ali as some of the players who will be future of Pakistan cricket.

The team director believes that Karachi Kings improved immensely during the second season of the league.

“Karachi Kings had a decent run in the second season of PSL, they had good matches against Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi. It was an impressive comeback from the team after losing three consecutive matches at the start of their campaign,” he stated.

Rashid Latif is hoping to see an even better performance from Karachi Kings in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League.