KARACHI: Pakistan’s former wicket-keeper batsman Rashid Latif is inspired with the passion of disabled cricketers and is confident that they will clinch the World Disabled Series in England starting from August 5.
“You cannot doubt their capability. They are passionate, honest and much more than that. Their commitment will surely help them win the World Series,” Rashid said while talking to the media in Karachi on the sidelines of the training camp for disabled cricketers.
Former cricketer highlighted the services of Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association (PDCA) and congratulated them for making it possible for disabled cricketers to represent their country.
“It is not the success of an individual but an effort of each and every person involved with this form of cricket. I will not forget here the patron-in-chief of PDCA Salim Karim who worked really hard to give disabled cricket a unique identity,” he said.
To a query about players’ diet plan, Rashid said that it is important for players to do hard training. “In our times, we hadn’t cared about diet but we used to do tough training drills,” Rashid added.
On the other hand, PDCA’s secretary Amir-ud-Din Ansari thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for supporting them throughout. “The cricket board has helped us a lot and today we have achieved the reward for 11 years of hard work,” he credited.
Mr. Secretary is confident that Pakistan team will come out of their grooves to beat all the participating teams and bring the coveted title home.
“Our coaches and team management has worked hard with players and we are optimistic that these players will give us strong results,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Disability World Series kicks off August 5 in Worcestershire, England. A nine-day event, which concludes on August 13, will see five teams competing to lift the title.
The teams include India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and England. Pakistan will play their match against England while the contest against arch-rivals India is scheduled on August 9.