April 29, 2001

PCB invites expatriates for cricket coaching and trials in Pakistan

In a revolutionary and unprecedented move, the PCB has invited interested Pakistani expatriates to send their children to Pakistan for cricket coaching and training under the supervision of Board officials. If good enough they can also appear in trials for domestic or senior teams.

This move has come in the wake of thousands of e-mails and letters, coming from virtually all parts of the world, asking the PCB to patronize aspiring youngsters living abroad. It is a well-known fact that many families living especially in Europe and America are devoted followers of cricket, what to speak of those whose children want to be a part of Pakistan's national cricket team. However, failing to find a right channel, they only end up living in obscurity. The latest decision by the PCB must be a breath of fresh air for these talented youth.

The name of Lahore Cricket Academy is relevant in this regard. Run by Intikhab Alam, arguably the most successful of Pakistan's cricket captains and a former coach and manager of the national team, the LCA is located within a modern country club of international standards. Apart from providing coaching to aspiring youngsters, the Academy arranges tours to and from Pakistan. The Academy is fully equipped for coaching as well as allowing its trainees a chance to play competitive cricket. They also arrange for trials to pick out talent for local or national teams.

In recognition of these services, the PCB has authorized LCA to organize the arrival and stay of youngsters coming to Pakistan. The Board would arrange for their training and coaching at a nominal cost.

Interested families can get further details of tour and coaching packages from Lahore Cricket Academy or write to Pakistan Cricket Board directly or email at pcb@cricinfo.com.

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