Pakistan’s Under-19 squad is all ready to battle it out for the ultimate prize in South Africa as they gear up to make an impact at the U19 World Cup scheduled to commence on January 17. Before embarking on their trip to the African nation, the young stars got a pep talk from former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
A motivating lecture from Sarfaraz would certainly lift the spirits of the junior side, given the fact that Pakistan U19’s last world title win came under his leadership back in 2006. Sarfaraz underlined the importance of the U19 World Cup as a stepping stone for the teenaged cricketers and gave away example of Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi, both of whom have graduated to the highest level in recent times.
“I have told the boys this is a perfect platform to graduate to the next level as we had also gone through this route. Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are prime examples, they came from this set-up and are now a part of the national team,” Sarfaraz said.
The wicketkeeper-batsman also predicted Pakistan U19 will go on to win the World Cup as they have been performing well in the last few series.