KARACHI – Former Pakistan Captain Rashid Latif has called for unity among the stakeholders of Karachi to produce more quality cricketers in the biggest metropolis of the country.
"If KCCA, its zones, organizers and other stakeholders of Karachi worked together, they can see more cricketers of Karachi playing in the national teams," he said while speaking at the opening of Haji Ashraf Inter School T20 Cricket Tournament at RLCA Ground Gulburg on Monday. He said due to lack of unity among the KCCA, organizers and officials the standard of the game has gone down.
"If we can work together for the betterment of cricket it can produce more cricketers playing for Pakistan team in the next few years," founder and pioneer of Rashid Cricket Academy, predicted. "KCCA officials, and other stakeholders of city cricketer should sit together and sort out the things," he said.
Rashid Latif complimented Haji Ashraf for sponsoring and holding such event at the school level. However he said instead of 20 overs, matches should have been of 40 overs. Director Sindh Building Control Authority (KBCA) Ashkar Dawar, who was the chief guest said he said delighted to see galaxy of youngsters cricketers. who said is future of Pakistan cricket.
He showered the praise on Haji Ashraf for embarking upon the mission to promote junior level school cricket. Ashkar Dawar said he was highly impressed with colorful opening ceremony and fine show by kids.
24 schools who are taking part in the event took in the march-past to mark the occasion.
Sponsor and chief organizer Haji Ashraf, KCCA President Syed Sirajul Islam Bukhari and Tournament Secretary Amir Akram, Organizing Secretary Musharraf Sheikh were also present on the occasion.
Faazullah smashed a brilliant 75 off 60-ball with seven boundaries and Rao Waqar finished unbeaten 58 with five boundaries as Kamran Public School defeated Al-Maarij School by nine wickets in the opening match.
Opening pair Faaz and Waqar have Al-Maarij School a great start by putting on 135 runs for the first wicket. Summarized scores: Maarij Public School 138-5 in 20 overs (Asim Ali Shah 39, Fahaddiss Bokhari 37, Hasan Mohsin 24) Kamran Public School 138-5 in 17.2 overs (Faazuullah 75, Rao Waqar 58 not out).