Head of Cricket Coaching Academies Sports Board Punjab, former Pakistan cricket captain, Zaheer Abbas inaugurated Sports Board Punjab’s third and women’s first cricket academy at Kinnaird College, here on Wednesday.
Director Sports Muhammad Anees Sheik, Principal Kinnaird College Rukhsana David and a large number of female cricket enthusiasts attended the opening ceremony. All the participating players were also introduced to Zaheer Abbas, who also captained Pakistan cricket team in Tests and ODIs. Zaheer Abbas also inscribed his views on the guests’ book on this occasion.
Talking to media at the opening ceremony, Zaheer Abbas, who is popularly known as Asian Bradman, said the launching of women cricket academy at Kinnaird College is definitely a revolutionary step and it will help a lot in making future of cricket bright among the females of Pakistan. “We will establish more women cricket academies in the country,” he informed.
“Punjab government under the vision of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is taking all out measures for the development of sports and welfare of sportsmen in the province,” he said adding that the chain of SBP academies will help in promoting sports and identifying new talent to secure the future of the country in sports.
Zaheer said Director General Sports Punjab Zulfiqar Ahmed Ghumman is utilizing all the resources for the overall development of the sports in the province and the steps being taken will bear fruit in near future.
Replying a question Zaheer, a former President of the International Cricket Council (ICC) informed that the young players will also be taught manners and communication skills at the cricket academies.
He said that qualified coaches will impart training to female cricketers at Kinnaird College Academy. “Training youngsters as per modern requirements is our top priority. Our talented players will get international level training at these academies”.
It may be noted here that Sports Board Punjab’s first three cricket academies have been launched in Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Lahore and next academy will be inaugurated soon at Multan by Director General Sports Punjab Zulfiqar Ahmed Ghumman and Head of Cricket Coaching Academies Sports Board Punjab Zaheer Abbas.