LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf Zaka said the PCB would continue to play its role in the development of cricket worldwide, with particular emphasis on Asian region.

Addressing the participants of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC)’s Level-II Coaching Course which concluded here at the National Cricket Academy on Thursday, Zaka Ashraf said: “The PCB is striving to promote the game of cricket across the world and specifically in Asian region by helping the cricket boards which require assistance in gaining boost in cricket.”

The PCB chief urged the participants to take back home the positive message of goodwill from the Pakistanis. “I urge all the participants to bring back the positive message of Pakistanis as they themselves saw the hospitality of the people of the country and felt that Pakistan is safe to hold international events here.”

The participants were trained and educated in a diverse variety of subjects essential in grooming and training such as advanced skills in bowling, batting, fielding, wicket keeping, athlete preparation, physical fitness, game sense training, sports nutrition, biomechanics in cricket and sports psychology. The ACC Level-II Coaching Course concluded here at the NCA in which facilitation and expertise for the high profile continental course were provided by the PCB and the six-day course ran from March 9 to 14. Iqbal Sikandar, who is ACC Development Officer, thanked the PCB chief for providing outstanding facilities and a great environment to the participants of the course.

UAE representative of Indian origin Viramoorty Sockalingam also appreciated the wonderful hospitality offered by the PCB. “Before coming to Pakistan, I had some reservations but after visiting here, my perception about the country has completely changed. I felt very comfortable and secure in Lahore. It is a pity that international cricket is not being played in Pakistan, but I hope that it will soon return.”

Vaishali Madhursinh Jesrani, a participant from Oman, was all praise for the facilities at the NCA and said that the course would be a great help in her career. The NCA Elite coaches and support staff conducted this course along with ACC course presenters Rumesh Ratnayake, former Sri Lankan Test cricketer, Aminul Islam, former Bangladeshi Test cricketer and Iqbal Sikandar. Selected by the ACC, the following 25 coaches belonging to seven Asian nations – the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iran and Afghanistan – attended this high-profile coaching course.

The participants were Bacha Hussain, Sohail Shah, Sameer Nayak, Vaishali Jesrani, Soraya Soltaninejad, Diana Barakzai, Syed Jameel Zaidi, Vinod Arjunan, Bhavesh Mehta, Mohammad Naeem Jan, Abbas Saad Al-Nadwi, Jawed Noori, Mirza Mohsin Baig, Abdul Rehman, Raees Ahmadzai, Asghar Ali Raeisi, Mujahid Zadran, Hisham Mirza, Ayub Iqbal, Mohd Jahangir, Zahid Shah, Shahzada Saleem, Jagat Joshi, Sajit Kumar, Sockalingam Vairamoorthy.