‘PCB CANNOT TOLERATE PHYSICAL ASSAULT’
By Sports Reporter
KARACHI: PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan yesterday inaugurated Karachi Region High Performance Centre named after renowned Pakistan former Test cricketer Hanif Muhammad at National Stadium Karachi. “Fondly called Little Master, Hanif Mohammad’s name annexed to this academy will motivate young cricketers of Karachi. We have his son Shoaib Muhammad here and he will cut the ribbon to inaugurate the academy,” Shaharyar told media persons. Shaharyar said that this High Performance Centre in Karachi is the best out of the three PCB has established in Pakistan. The other two have been established in Lahore and Multan. “Today is a big day as it was my lifelong dream to have an academy in the country’s biggest cricketing city. The accommodation room, gym and swimming and media centre here are befitting of Karachi’s size and stature,” Shaharyar said. He further said that PCB is planning to establish few more such centers across the country. “We are planning to establish one such academy in Peshawar, Bahawalpur and RahimYar Khan. “We will then start establishing mini academies. Such mini academies have already been established in Quetta and Abbottabad. But we will establish more of such mini academies. Moreover, Mudassar Nazar has coined the idea of initiating Mobile Academies, where our mobile teams will go to different areas of the country and give coaching to young players and identify talent players,” he said. “Nepal men’s and UAE and Thailand women teams are ready to tour Pakistan. We can hopefully host them in these centres. We can easily provide them security here,” he said. He added that the year 2017 will be the Cricket Security Year. “We will try to lift our image and put our best to provide security to visiting teams. This will not only help us in brining international cricket but also foreign investment to Pakistan since it will portray a positive image of Pakistan.” To a query regarding an incident involving Basit Ali and Mahmood Hamid, Shaharyar Khan said that first he will hear both the parties then will decide who is at fault. PCB cannot tolerate physical assault, Shaharyar added. The infant league should be safeguarded from controversies as it is a national asset, Najam Sethi said. He disclosed that the plans to hold the 2017 PSL final in Lahore hasn’t been shelved and that interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has promised that Pakistan Rangers will be deployed during the final to ensure security. PCB, CEO Subhan Ahmed, KCCA chief Aijaz Farooqui and former cricketer Shoaib Mohammad were also present on the occasion.