Asghar Ali Raeisi, the u-19 cricket coach of Iran, has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to help build a stadium in Chabahar to grow the game among the people there. He has also expressed his desire to see Iranian players take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Notably, the Chabahar Free Trade-Industrial Zone (CFZ), established in 1992, has 40 hectares of area reserved for a sports village. Out of this, 10 hectares of the area has already been allotted for a cricket stadium, which will have a 4000-seat capacity. But, due to the sanctions from the United States of America on Iran, the nation has not been able to accumulate funds to complete the cricket stadium.
During his exclusive chat with ANI, a leading news agency, Asghar Ali Raeisi talked about the state of cricket in Iran and said, “Iranian players have talent to play good cricket internationally. But we fail to train them due to lack of infrastructure. I wanted India to help us to build the stadium so Iranian players can prove their mettle in the world.”
“We want Indian cricket management BCCI to train our players and umpiring in Iran so our players also can play cricket well,” remarked the Iranian u-19 cricket coach.
Iranian cricketer takes inspiration from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, says Asghar Ali Raeisi
Asghar Ali Raeisi was quoted as saying to ANI, “Iranian cricketers take inspiration from MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and other young Indian cricket players.” He stated that he utilises the video of these two celebrated cricketers to improve the performance of his players.
The u-19 cricket coach spoke about how disappointed Iranian fans were when India lost their World Test Championship (WTC) Final 2023 against Australia at The Oval in London last June.
He also discussed how the participation of Iranian players in the u-16 matches at Chandigarh-Panchkula has been very helpful in bolstering the team spirit of the cricket team in the country. “We would also expect Iranian players to be part of IPL matches,” opined the u-19 cricket coach of Iran.