Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board to follow in the footsteps of the Indian cricket board and appoint a respected former player like Rahul Dravid with the U-19 team. “I think the PCB should also consider appointing a former Test player who is well reputed and respected with the national junior team just like India has done in the case of Rahul Dravid (India U-19 and A coach),” Raja said as Pakistan prepare for this month’s ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Raja insisted that at the youth level identifyingindividual talent and preparing them for the future was moreimportant than team achievements. “I don’t think winning is as important as recognisingindividuals who are talented and then educating and groomingthem. India will benefit from the presence of someone likeRahul Dravid who is a role model for youngsters,” he said.
He noted that when a youngster has a teacher and mentorlike Dravid he learns a lot and becomes a better person andsportsman. “Pakistan should also think on these lines because at theunder-16 and 19 levels identifying individuals who can be goodinvestments for the future is very important.”
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