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PCB should have a coach like Dravid for the U-19 team: Raja

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board to follow in the footsteps of the Indian cricket board and appoint a respected former player like Rahul Dravid with the U-19 team.

"I think the PCB should also consider appointing a former Test player who is well reputed and respected with the national junior team just like India has done in the case of Rahul Dravid (India U-19 and A coach)," Raja said as Pakistan prepare for this month s ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Raja insisted that at the youth level identifying individual talent and preparing them for the future was more important than team achievements.
"I don t think winning is as important as recognising individuals who are talented and then educating and grooming them. India will benefit from the presence of someone like Rahul Dravid who is a role model for youngsters," he said.
He noted that when a youngster has a teacher and mentor like Dravid he learns a lot and becomes a better person and sportsman.
"Pakistan should also think on these lines because at the under-16 and 19 levels identifying individuals who can be good investments for the future is very important," he said.
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