PESHAWAR, Feb 20 (APP):The first fully equipped Women Cricket Academy of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is going to start its working in the premises of Malik International Cricket Academy situated on main Ring Road here.
Member Provincial Assembly Aysia Khattak was the chief guest on this occasion who formally inaugurated the well-equipped Women Cricket Academy, the first of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa having two pitches, a small gymnasium, a walking track, changing room, players waiting room.
Managing Director Malik Farman Ali of the Malik International Cricket Academy, Director Ayn Mega Education System and Skilled Academy Miss Anila Khan, President Sports Writers Association KP, players, officials, Academy well qualified coaches from Pakistan Cricket Board Fawad Ali, Bakhtiar Khan and Abdur Rahim were also present during the colourful inauguration ceremony.
The ceremony was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran by Qari Afsar, followed by national anthem. The players around 44 female players also participated in the national anthem and were very eager to have cricket training two-day a week on Saturday and Sunday.
Besides the inauguration ceremony, there were 14 different stalls setup in connection with the colourful opening ceremony of the first Women Cricket Academy of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Peshawar, paintings,
Calligraphy, Singing, Musical Chair, Arm Wrestling, Poetry gathering (Musharra), Islamic motivational speech competition were also part of the inauguration ceremony wherein more than 100 competitors of the Director Ayn Mega Education System and Skilled Academy took part. The students were put on display different models of arts including paintings and calligraphy.
Speaking on this occasion, MPA Aysia Khattak lauded the efforts being put in my Managing Director Malik International Cricket Academy by giving a land eight Kanals. She said with the establishment of Women Cricket Academy, it would certainly help the upcoming female to learn basic of cricket besides they could continue their game while attending the Net-Practice Two-Day a week on Saturday and Sunday.
She said the present govt is very keen to have playing field facilities for the youth and establishing a modern Women Cricket Academy in the private sector would certainly help the youth to come and join the game in a appropriate manner.
In his speech, Malik Farman Ali, who is also a former Senior Vice President of the Peshawar Region, disclosed that they have established the Malik Cricket Academy in way back 2010. He said before forming of the Malik Cricket Academy, they had a prominent club affiliated with Peshawar District Cricket Association in January 2000 and on the very first year won the Inter-Club Cricket Championship held under the ages of Pakistan Cricket Board.
He said establishing cricket academy main objective to provide better access to the young players from tribal districts including Landikotel, Jamrud and Bara Tehsils. He said the academy is playing a key role in polishing the upcoming cricketers. He disclosed that besides local players, players from Afghanistan also trained and coach in the Academy comprising Nouroz Mehgal, Shafiqullah, Nijat Masood, Najeeb Ullah Zadran, Kais Ahmad, all are now international players of the Afghanistan team.
He said Sajjid Khan, Fawaz Ali, Nawaz Ahmad of the MICA played the first class cricket while Asad Afridi, Zulkarnain, Arif Shah, hailing from tribal districts were part of the FATA teams. He said in the recently concluded PCB National Inter-School Cricket Championship Farood Khan, Muhammad Irfan, Usama and Raza Muhammad played in the National School U-16 team, Kaleem Afridi and Muhammad Rahim were part of the National U-19 team. Malik Farman Ali said that the academy is producing players from each districts and so they have 15 to 20 players part of the Under-19 teams and out of them five to six players short-listed for Regional level teams. He said the MICA team so far made seven international visits to India, Dubai and Afghanistan besides participating in all leading tournaments of the country. In the recently MICA tour to Karachi where the team played 12 matches, won 11 and lost the final. Best batsmen right hand Hamza struck 322 runs and was declared as best batsman, best al-rounder with 280 runs and nine wickets took by Haleem Afridi and left-arm spinner 16-year-old Irfan got 26 wickets.