New Delhi: After Pakistan’s 203-run defeat against India in the semifinal of ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, Ramiz Raja has said that Pakistan needs someone like Rahul Dravid to develop the young players. Ramiz praised Dravid’s efforts in mentoring the young Indian cricketers Also Read - On This Day: Rahul Dravid Retires From ODIs, Played His Last Match Against England at Cardiff
Ramiz, who was pretty shocked at the margin of loss, said he was impressed with the temperament shown by the Indian U19 players. “I am impressed with the temperament shown by some of the Indian players. They have a fine find in Shubman Gill and others. Rahul Dravid deserves a lot of credit for preparing and grooming them so effectively,” he said. Also Read - Shoaib Akhtar to Replace Misbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan Cricket Team's Chief Selector, Former Pacer Says 'Discussions On' With PCB
Ramiz said having someone like Dravid as their coach and mentor was a big boost for the Indian youngsters. “They learn such a lot from him not just about cricket but about everything else. How to conduct oneself, how to develop game sense and so on,” he said. Also Read - PSL Schedule: PCB to Hold Remaining Matches in Lahore After IPL 2020 in UAE
Ramiz said he was disappointed with the lack of batting talent in the Pakistan U-19 team. “The way our players fielded and batted it wasn’t pleasant to watch. I think in Pakistan we need a total revamp of our youth cricket system. The Cricket Board needs to pay a lot more attention to youth cricket,” he said.
He also took to Twitter to express his views.
Ramiz said a respected former stalwart of Pakistan cricket should be given the responsibility of developing the young players.
“We need to have given someone charge for a proper time period like India has done with Rahul Dravid,” he said. Ramiz said youth cricket was not about winning but more importantly about scouting new players and then developing them for the future.
(With PTI inputs)