LAHORE - US baseball coach Randall Arms, who is on a visit to Pakistan, visited Yousafzai Baseball Academy in Swabi yesterday.

He was accompanied by Pakistan Federation Baseball (PFB) President Syed Fakhar Ali Shah, Vice President Dr M Hamood Lakhvi, Tahir Mahmood Treasurer, Musaddiq Hanif Head Coach Pakistan Team and Tariq Nadeem. President of Yousafzai Baseball Academy Wisal Mohammad Khan, coaches Khalid Khan and Asif Mushtaq and others welcomed the guests.

Talking to media, PFB President Syed Fakhar Ali Shah said that Pakistan baseball team is to participate in World Baseball Classic Qualifier which is scheduled in Panama in September this year. The best teams in the world have to participate in this event. To prepare the best team, the federation has set up a training camp for Pakistani pitchers and catchers in AJWA City, Gujranwala. To train the players, the federation has hired US baseball coach Randall Arms, who is providing the best training to the pitchers.

According to Fakhar, the federation has set up baseball academies in different cities of the country where the best training is given to the young players under the supervision of qualified coaches. There is also an academy in Swabi called Yousafzai Baseball Academy where senior and qualified Khyber Pakhtunkhwa coaches are training more than 200 players.

US coach Randall Arms was delighted to see more than two hundred players training in baseball academy. He said that these players have natural talent. With the best training, their talent can be further honed which will make these players shine for Pakistan in future international competitions.

On this occasion, Syed Fakhar said that it is excellent to train so many young players in the academy. He hoped that these players would make Pakistan famous in future. He assured full cooperation of the federation for the betterment of the academy. Souvenirs and gifts were also distributed among the guests on the occasion.