Bangalore, Jun 21: Former Pakistan legspinner, Abdul Qadir has called for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to set up an academy for spinners, especially legspin and prevent the art of legpsin fading away.
Qadir, who has been involved with PCB Skill Consultant Programme, has been visiting 16 cities of Pakistan to unearth spin talent. Other two former Pakistan cricketers, Sarfraz Nawaz and Ijaz Ahmed are also part of the programme.
The talent hunt focuses on players in the age group of 17 to 25 and is being held from June to September. After this, these three cricketers will pick 20 to 25 players to participate in a four-week advanced coaching camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
"In my view, leg spin in Pakistan needs special attention. In fact, the PCB should set up an academy specifically for spinners, especially legspin. I will be more than happy to be involved in this project and will do my utmost - even if I have to go to every part of Pakistan to discover and groom legspinners. This is one form of bowling that can win you matches in any conditions. We should not let this art (legspin) fade away as this has brought great fame to our country," Qadir told pakpassion.net in an interview.
In the same interview, he added: "It's the first time that such a scheme has been organised in the history of Pakistani cricket. I feel that all the great cricketers of our times, who have been blessed with fame due to services they have rendered to the nation, should really come forward and help out in this scheme. Such an initiative should have been organized before as well and it's to the credit of Mr. Zaka Ashraf and PCB that this has come to fruition."
"I believe that it's a great idea to use established players, who have served the nation with devotion and honesty, to employ their vast experience to discover talent round the country. There is nothing better, in my view, if such young cricketing talent can be exposed to us by appearing in trials under the watchful eyes of some of Pakistan's best players."
Qadir, who played 67 Tests for Pakistan, took 236 wickets. In 104 ODIs, he had 132 dismissals to his name.