Karachi: Former Pakistan cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja felt that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should follow their Indian counterpart in appointing a former Test cricketer like Rahul Dravid for the U-19 team.
“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),” said Raja ahead of the U-19 World Cup, slated to begin on January 13.
Raja further added that it was more important to identify the talent at the grass-root level and prepare them for the future than team achievements.
“I dont 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.
He also said that a youngster gets to learn about the game when someone like a Rahul Dravid is his mentor.
“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,” said Raja.
The Indian U-19 team would be led by Prithvi Shaw, who had put up a good performance in the Ranji Trophy. The team further comprises of talents like Ishan Porel, Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Himanshu Rana and Abhishek Sharma among others. India have been clubbed with Zimbabwe, Australia and Papua New Guinea in the tournament scheduled to be held in New Zealand.