Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Friday for the development of Afghanistan’s cricket.
The Scope of assistance by Pakistan Cricket Board to Afghanistan Cricket Board includes Game Education Programs (including Level1 and Level2 coaching courses, skill and performance analyst, basic umpiring courses as well as preliminary and basic curator/groundsman courses) plan/organize and implement Players Development Programs inclusive of two High Performance Camps for Emerging Players at NCA (one each year) for a duration of four weeks per camp which will include around five matches against the NCA’s Emerging Players Team. These programs will also aim to improve skills in technical, tactical, mental and physical areas. In addition to this, the PCB shall also arrange lectures/ practical activities that include life skills, doping, anticorruption and various codes of conduct.
“The PCB has always supported and helped the ACB with regards to cricket’s development there since the 1990s. Actually it is Pakistan’s support that has Afghanistan cricket make rapid strides amongst the ICC’s affiliate member nations, taking it to the verge of enhanced status to associate member.
“With the PCB’s continued support, Afghanistan has the potential to go places. And this would be good not just in terms of spreading the game in Afghanistan but promoting peace and harmony there by bringing the people closer”, said the PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad.
The ACB CEO Noor Muhammad acknowledged that the PCB’s support has been of utmost importance to Afghanistan’s cricket.
“The MOU that we have just signed shall take Afghanistan Cricket’s development on a fast track. Our cricketers, coaches and umpires shall be able to make use of PCB’s excellent facilities and various education programmes. Our boys will get the opportunity to hone their skills in highcalibre competitions. I am indeed obliged to the PCB for this kind and voluminous support”, said ACB CEO Noor Muhammad.