Ramiz Raja said that the Pakistan Cricket Board should follow India’s example and appoint a former Test player as coach of the U-19 side. “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),” the former Pakistan captain is quoted as saying by Raja said as Pakistan prepare for this month’s ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Raja said that at age group levels, winning isn’t as important as recognising talent. “I don’t think winning is as important as recognising individuals who are talented and then educating and grooming them. India will benefit from the presence of someone like Rahul Dravid who is a role model for youngsters,” he said, “Pakistan should also think on these lines because at the under-16 and 19 levels identifying individuals who can be good investments for the future is very important.”
Rahul Dravid and the Indian U-19 team are currently in New Zealand preparing for the U-19 World Cup. The team is led by Prithvi Shaw. Raja said that having a coach like Rahul Dravid would do wonders for the youngsters who play at that level. “Pakistan should also think on these lines because at the under-16 and 19 levels identifying individuals who can be good investments for the future is very important.”
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