Pak launches programme to educate young players

Published: Monday, September 1, 2008, 16:07 [IST]
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Karachi: Struggling after controversies involving some of its top cricketers, Pakistan has launched an ambitious drive to educate young players and stamp out deviant behaviour.

PCB wants to teach its future national team players how to handle fame and fortune and will provide coaching and an education to its best under-12s.

There has been a feeling that many of the controversies and scandals that have happened in Pakistan cricket is mainly because many of the players come from humble backgrounds with no proper specialised education or the necessary grooming to adjust properly to the fame, glamour and money that follow their success.

The most notable among this list is pacer Mohammad Asif, suspended having tested positive for a banned substance -- his third positive test since 2006.

"They face problems adjusting to the glamour, fame and money that comes automatically for an international cricketer these days," said Mudassar Nazar, director of Pakistan's national cricket academy.

"The main problem is that our sportsmen don't have facilities to carry on formal education and also play their sport at the same time because of financial constraints."

Naghmi said the board had arranged for players to have classes at a top private school with branches all over the country. Around 10 will be picked from each of the 12 regions.

"If we can get only five or six boys good for cricket, we would have done our job," he added.

"We would have boys with 'O' levels who can go on to complete their education and become useful citizens.


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