LAHORE While players at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup (U19 CWC) will be focused on battling for the world title, they will also be learning about the responsibilities and pressures of playing the game at international level. The tournament is seen as an important opportunity for up-and-coming young players to increase their awareness and understanding of the sports codes, including anti-doping and anti-corruption. It is always our intention to operate the tournament in much the same way as we run our major international events - like the Cricket World Cup or World Twenty20. It is like a finishing school for the next generation of top players, said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat. History tells us that many of the players competing in New Zealand will soon be playing senior international cricket. Indeed, some have already done so. So introducing them to some of the wider responsibilities and challenges of the international professional game will be beneficial as they look to make their mark at the higher levels. As a sport, we take our responsibility to keep the game free of taints such as corruption and drugs very seriously so the earlier we can educate players on these issues the better. Vast sums of money are involved in both legal and illegal betting on cricket around the globe. As such, there is a constant need to be vigilant and guard against corruption. Potential corruptors look for vulnerable players and officials to provide inside information or encourage them to underperform. Cricket continues to take a leading role in combating corruption in sport. The ICC, through its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), has adopted a multi-faceted approach to meet this challenge. That process includes prevention through education and enforcement of minimum standards and discipline in the dressing rooms, the gathering of intelligence, the investigation of reported breaches or approaches and, where appropriate, the instigation of disciplinary procedures. Mr Lorgat said that while betting on youth cricket was not common, it was still necessary to maintain high levels of vigilance for tournaments such as the U19 CWC. We have noted a trend in recent years for those involved in illegal betting to 'groom players from an early age, he said. So it is especially important for us to be vigilant around this event and to extend our education programme to young players. Prior to the tournament, players will be given information about the ways in which people may seek to influence them, and about the penalties that can be imposed on those who become involved in inappropriate activities. Players will also be briefed on the ICC Anti-Doping Code which is the basis of international crickets efforts to keep the sport free of banned substances. The code is designed to make sure cricket plays its part in the global fight against drugs in sport. Anti-doping education sessions will be held for all teams at the U19 CWC, reinforcing the ICCs zero-tolerance approach to doping in cricket. The ICCs major thrust in this area is to ensure fair competition for everyone, Mr Lorgat said. We hope that these talented young cricketers come away from this event with an appreciation of how difficult it is for drug cheats to get away with doping practices. There are many other positive learning opportunities for players at the tournament. They will learn about promotional responsibilities and dealing with the international news media through interviews and press conferences, and the ICC will also assist with education and support in these areas. Theres also the chance to see how a major international competition operates - as well as opportunities to perform at international level and to share experiences and insights with fellow players from around the world, added Mr Lorgat. We need a good all-rounder for Tests: Yousuf Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf feels that a good all-rounder will improve his teams performances in the Tests. Yousuf lamented that when it comes to One-day and Twenty20s Pakistan have plenty of talented all-rounders, but in Tests they are hard to find. Former captain Shoaib Malik had performed that role of an all-rounder but in recent times he doesnt bowl much while Abdul Razzaq has almost retired from Tests. In the first Test against Australia, Pakistan had to rely on just four bowlers and have faced criticism from some experts, who believe that they should show more aggression and play with five specialist bowlers to achieve better results. Asked whether he was disappointed when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ignored his request to send Younus to Australia, Yousuf said: I cant say anything about it. Its been many days since I made the request. Its not my call. Its up to the board and the selectors to make the decision. Yousuf had made the request during the Melbourne Test when Pakistans batting flopped yet again. However, Younus failed to regain his form in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy forcing the PCB to turn down the captains request.