Quetta Gladiators are highlighting the hidden talent and true potential of Balochistan



Aleena Naqvi
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Cricket is the most revered game in Pakistan. Pakistanis love the game and the passion of people for this game is unmatchable. Pakistan has produced a great number of legends when it comes to cricket. There is not a single admirer of cricket who is not familiar with the names of Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Waseem Akram, Waqar Younus, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Akhtar etc.

Sadly the cricket in Pakistan seems to have lost its glory. The main reason behind the decline of cricket is the lack of proper structure. The lack of structure makes it very difficult for the talented people to get a platform where new talent can get proper training.

Pakistan Cricket is going through a very bad time as there has been no international cricket in Pakistan for years now. The exclusion of Pakistani cricketers from the Indian Premier League also contributed to the exclusion of the Pakistani Cricket from the International Cricket Community.

The structure is not very good in any of the provinces and the domestic cricket is not really up to the standard.

Do you know: The first player to get 100 test wickets for Pakistan was Fazal Mahmood. (Source: Pakistan Cricket World)

The situation of Baluchistan cricket is pathetic. It will not be wrong to say that cricket has always been neglected in this province. The Pakistan Cricket Board has failed to play its part in the promotion of the game in this province.

Apart from PCB, the provincial and federal governments also have failed to take measures for the promotion of the game. The provisional government did take some action when they arranged sports at Quetta’s Bugti Stadium but PCB does not seem to be making any effort for the improvement of the conditions of cricket in the province.

Baluchistan has every right to have recognition in the Pakistan Cricket team. The domestic cricket should also be provided with facilities like grounds and proper coaches.

In such grim situations, the Pakistan Super League is a ray of hope. Baluchistan has its own team in the PSL which has provided it with an opportunity to represent its talent.

Quetta Gladiators, through their performance, have really shown the potential that this province holds when it comes to cricket. The Quetta Gladiators have provided this province the opportunity to get a representation on a national level and get its talent recognized.

The PSL gave a chance to the local players to play with international players. Quetta Gladiators have got mentors like Viv Richards and Moin Khan. It has also provided the local players a chance to play with international players like Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Kevin Pietersen, Asad Shafiq, Elton Chigumbura, Jade Dernbach, Luke Wright and Umar Gul. It is providing a rare chance to the local players to play with international stars.

The Quetta Gladiators have managed to make through the finals of Pakistan Super League, which shows everyone how much talent is wasted in Baluchistan due of lack of structure and proper planning.

The PSL is a very good initiative for Pakistan’s Cricket. It can not only revive the cricket in Pakistan but also bring into the light the hidden talent that was being ignored and wasted before.

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