KARACHI Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs Faisal Subzwari has lauded the role of Karachi as the biggest cricket nursery of Pakistan which ahs been confirmed by the recent thumping victory of Karachi Blues in the final of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy that beat star-studded Habib Bank by a big margin. He was speaking as the chief guest at a grand reception hosted by Karachi City Cricket Association at the National Stadium the other day in honour of the victorious Karachi Blues. Outstation teams in the city for RBS Petangular cricket cup also attended the reception. The Minister said that the Youth Affairs Ministry would also fete the victorious Karachi Blues team after the return of Karachi Captain Muhammad Sami from Australia. President KCCA Dr. S.M.A. Shah and Sindh Sports Minister praised the members of Karachi Blues team for their outstanding performances by winning the blue ribbon of Pakistan cricket, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He also praised the performance of Karachis junior string, the Karachi Whites, for beating four strong departmental teams in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in the other group. Secretary KCCA Prof. Sirajul Islam Bukhari, presenting the address of welcome, enumerated the past achievements of Karachi teams in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He also praised the hard work of Karachi Blues cricketers particularly its Coach Sadiq Muhammad. He also complimented the Karachi Selection Committee headed by former Test all-rounder Aftab Baloch for selecting both the teams on merit and by ignoring all pressures. Former President KCCA Munir Hussain congratulated the Karachi Blues team on this tremendous performance and hoped that they would continue to work hard in future to maintain this winning streak. Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, while praising the outstanding performance of Karachi boys in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, said that he was happy that the future of Pakistan cricket team is sitting in this pandal, pointing towards the galaxy of cricketers present in the function from the participating teams in the ongoing Pentangular Cup. Irfan Shaikh, a major sponsor of KCCA, assured that Hinopak Motors would continue its sponsorship of local cricket in the years ahead. Wazir Ali Khoja, a member of the Governing Board of PCB disclosed that PCB is shortly launching its National Cricket Academy to cater to the needs of cricketers from Karachi, interior of Sindh, and Balochistan. Others who spoke on the occasion included Karachi Blues coach Sadiq Muhammad, Manager of Rest of Pakistan Ehtisham-ud-din, and Manager of Sialkot Region Shaikh Jamil. Cash award of Rs. 10 lacs and a win bonus of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, blazers and cash award of Rs. 10,000 announced by KCCA to each member of Karachi Blues, and souvenirs from Afroze Textile mills were given away. Zohaib Shera of Karachi Whites, who became the first Pakistani to record a hat trick on debut in first class cricket, was also awarded a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, while Imtiaz Hussain of Imtiaz Super Stores also paid cash prizes to Karachi Blues cricketers. The function was largely attended by past and present test and first class cricketers, umpires and other citizens of the city.