Tracing Rahul Dravid’s role as mentor, PCB is considering senior players for grooming youngsters
The PCB is seeking to get Mohammad Yousuf as the batting coach at the NCA.
Updated - Feb 13, 2019 5:36 pm
The success of Rahul Dravid as the coach of the India U-19 and India ‘A’ teams is known to all. Drawing inspiration from Rahul Dravid’s pathbreaking role as Indian junior teams’ coach, the Pakistan Cricket Board is considering something similar. The legendary Rahul Dravid, the ‘Wall’ of Indian Cricket extended his role as a coach and mentor to the young brigade of India. There’s no doubt, no questions regarding his contributions to Indian Cricket.
He was a world-class talent as a player, and now he acts a role model and guide to the young generation of Indian cricketers. Understanding his offerings to Indian Cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to give former players with coaching and mentoring roles. The legendary batsman, Rahul Dravid has been managing the India U-19 team and the India A players for quite some time and has been handling them very closely.
Under his supervision, the Indian U-19 team, led by the now well-known Prithvi Shaw, clinched the ICC Under 19 2018 World Cup. The growth of these youngsters like Shaw, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Kuldeep Yadav, and many others has been possible because of Dravid’s efforts. The PCB has thus understood the role of veteran cricketers in grooming the young generations. The board is reportedly pursuing ex-cricketer Younis Khan as the coach and manager of their U-19 side.
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“Australia utilized the services of their top players like Rodney Marsh, Allan Border, and Ricky Pointing while India has also given Dravid the responsibility of manning their under-19 players and it has produced good results,” Ehsan Mani, the PCB chief, was quoted as saying in Times Now.
“We also need to have classes for our players as they go on to become ambassadors for the country. They will be given grooming and education at the National Cricket Academy. We should have attached our own coaches with foreign coaches just like India did so that they could have also learned a lot more”, he added.
The PCB is seeking to get Mohammad Yousuf as the batting coach at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, in order to shape up the young batting attack for overseas ventures.