Ex selector Junior National Cricket team speaks

QUETTA: None of the players from Balochistan was selected in three teams including T20, ODIs and test team and not in even junior teams. Even no officials were taken in the cricket board who worked and devoted their lives for the players of cricket for the last four decades as manager and organizers for organising cricket at Quetta.

This was stated by ex member Pakistan Cricket team and ex selector Junior team Dr Qasim Baloch while talking to PPI here Monday.

Qasim Baloch said he organized six international matches with limited resources including Indian team to Quetta from 1978 onwards. These also included Australia, West Indies, World XI and Zimbabwe. He said Baluchistan’s full-fledged team played match against West Indies in 1986 after the world Cup.

Now the board officials do not even bother to visit Quetta for selection of players and no fund is provided to Quetta despite the fact it is decided matter that 25 percent fund would be provided to each province for promotion of cricket in far flung and remote areas of Balochistan where there is keen interest for cricket.

It is to mention here that Dr Qasim Baloch owns a cricket stadium situated at Sariab road. Sariab is a thickly populated area with a population running in hundred thousand people.

Qasim Baloch demanded equal right and share may be given in organization including 13 employees as Assistant Secretary, Tour operator, purchasing officer, Domestic Cricket Secretary. An Assistant Manager or Manager for touring party may be from Balochistan and three players each in under age team. This is chance for Chairman from Balochistan as three provinces have this office by rotation but no Chairman ever taken from Balochistan in 60 years.

He called for holding Board elections immediately as throughout the world cricket boards officials are elected except in Pakistan.

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