Rahul Dravid, Ramiz Raja, U-19 India, U-19 Pakistan, Under-19 World Cup, New Zealand
Rahul Dravid posed for a photograph with U-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw. Photo Credit: PTI.

Former Pakistan cricketer and well-known figure in the commentary field in the gentleman’s, Ramiz Raja suggested Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday (January 1) have a coach like Rahul Dravid for Under-19 and Under1-16 teams, who have been backing the youngsters even while going through the barren patch.

Ramiz who played 198 ODIs and 57 Tests for Pakistan believes the national board PCB is supposed to find the abled-coach like Dravid to shoulder the responsibility of nursing the A teams while adding the latter has been playing a pivotal role for the youngsters while expressing the great regard.

“I think the PCB should also consider appointing a former Test player who is well reputed and respected with the national junior team just like India has done in the case of Rahul Dravid,” Raja was quoted as saying by newswire PTI.

Rahul Dravid, Ramiz Raja, U-19 India, U-19 Pakistan, Under-19 World Cup, New Zealand
Ramiz Raja wants a coach like Rahul Dravid within the ambit of PCB. Photo Credit: Web.

The 55-year-old Punjab-born Raja believes the stature of Bangalore-based Dravid has lifted the morale of the promising youngsters with his positive approach and never-say-die attitude.

As there is no dearth in the talent, Raja further made a valid point by saying the PCB is bound to provide all the facilities to the young guns who could further reap the rewards in the foreseeable future while thrusting the role-models of the youngsters could lift their spirit

“Pakistan should also think on these lines because at the under-16 and 19 levels identifying individuals who can be good investments for the future is very important,” Raja added.

Since the appointment of Dravid, who is calm by nature, Raja stated the former had done incredibly well for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Rahul Dravid, Ramiz Raja, U-19 India, U-19 Pakistan, Under-19 World Cup, New Zealand
Rahul Dravid played a pivotal role in shaping up the youngsters. Photo Credit: Web.

It’s important to point out that, the former Indian cricket Dravid has played a significant role for the young teams.

Raja stated PCB should take a leaf from the BCCI, in a bid to have a close look at the future stars while remarking to nurse such cricketers could be a watershed moment for the side like Pakistan.

Rahul Dravid, Ramiz Raja, U-19 India, U-19 Pakistan, Under-19 World Cup, New Zealand
Rahul Dravid knitted the young teams well since taking charge. Photo Credit: IE.

Regarding the role of a coach, Raja quipped it’s not all about winning the fixture it is more about finding the right talent and investment upon them while inducting them in the senior team

“I don’t think winning is as important as recognizing individuals who are talented and then educating and grooming them. India will benefit from the presence of someone like Rahul Dravid who is a role model for youngsters,” Dravid maintained.

Concurrently, Dravid is in New Zealand with the young colts who are to feature as one of the 16 teams in the impending Under-19 World Cup which will be kicking off from January 13, as Pakistan U-19 team-led by Hasan Khan is also gearing up for the coveted event.

Rahul Dravid, Ramiz Raja, U-19 India, U-19 Pakistan, Under-19 World Cup, New Zealand
Wards hailed Rahul Dravid. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Under the tutelage of Dravid, the young teams have somewhat achieved the success in home and away fixtures while asking his wards to focus on their fitness and game respectively.

Earlier, Dravid was appointed India A and Under-19 coach in June 2015 which further saw his services were extended to continue his seat until 2019.

Would it get pretty interesting? I think it should:

Click here (to): Here’s the Pakistani player who recently met Dravid while boarding the plane

 

Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor