Khalid Abdul Qauiyum to set up a world-class Cricket Academy in City
Hyderabad: Former left-hand celebrity Ranji star Khalid Abdul Qaiyum, who is back from the US, has plans to set up a world-class cricket academy, partnering with another former Salamth Ali, in a bid to produce good cricketers and bring back the past glory of Hyderabad.
Speaking to newsmen, Khalid and Salam said they propose to take up this as a ‘mission’ when the Hyderabad cricket is in bad shape. While Khalid was known as a prolific left-hand batter, then Aslam was a speedster. Khalid’s glorious years as a cricketer spanned over a little over a decade – from 1976 to 1999. During his chequered career, he not only played for the Ranji trophy but also all other major tournaments like the Duleep and Irani Trophies, besides representing the Rest of India.
Khalid said that the Academy is dedicated to not only training young crickets but also to helping ‘corrections’ if of any cricketer, who might have already been representing the state team at various levels. “Our effort is to rope in as many as many former cricketers who a made a mark for themselves, to train the youngsters depending on their interests whether to become a good spinner of pace bowler or good batsmen. “
Both the former state cricketers boasted that their academic’s unique feature is ‘boarding facilities of high quality’ to enable those youngsters who wish to make the game as a career, stay as inmates, and have nutritious food that requires them to become strong sportspersons – physically and mentally.
The spacious academy also provides a swimming pool and gym, besides around 4-5 nets, The academy will train both boys and girls. ‘We are also trying to provide affordable, if not ‘free of cost’ if we find talented among the poor, who cannot afford.