Newly-elected Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Ramiz Raja revealed that the board is working towards opening National High-Performance Centers (NHPC) in Interior Sindh and Balochistan.
Ramiz said that recently a lot of young talented cricketers are developing in Interior Sindh and it is of utmost importance to provide them with the facilities and the structure to thrive at a high level. He added that the young players require extensive coaching and the nurturing environment to excel at the top level and PCB will provide them with the required facilities to develop their game.
The former opener said that Pakistan cricket has completely ignored Balochistan over the past few years and there are no facilities for the cricketers in the area to develop their skills. He said that Balochistan has a lot of potential and PCB will look to unearth exciting talent by providing them with adequate facilities and infrastructure.
Ramiz said that his aim is to improve the grassroots cricket in the country and help raise the standard of first-class cricket in the country. He said that it is unfortunate that certain areas and provinces have been neglected over the past few years and cricketers from those regions have suffered as a result.
The 59-year old said that one of his aims is for cricketers to play from their native cricketing association. He said that a particular cricket association should only contain players from their own region which will help in promoting talent from that particular region. He added that this will help improve the infrastructure in neglected regions such as Balochistan.