KARACHI - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has found a unique way to tap budding talent as a launch of web portal is on the anvil in order to give the spotters an idea about the reservoir of talent in the region.

According to information received, the PCB will shortly launch a website on which any player who believes he is good enough to be considered for competitive cricket, can post a short video of his batting or bowling skills and other details about himself and his career.

"These videos will then be viewed on a regular basis by the coaches at the NCA who will assess the talent on display. If the coaches find anyone suitable for future consideration he will then be called to the NCA for a further trial," one board official said. He said the idea to launch the website was floated by chairman Shaharyar Khan, who was frankly fed up hearing of complaints that so and so deserving talent was ignored as he didn't have the approach to be considered by the NCA coaches. "The idea is to not only expand the base of raw talent around the country but to also ensure no deserving player (s) is ignored in future," he said.

The official pointed out that internet facilities were now available even in remote areas of Pakistan so the board was expecting a strong response when the website is launched. The PCB and its selection committee has in recent times increased its stress on unearthing new talent and former captain Wasim Akram is supervising a short camp for young pacers in Karachi. However the bunch of pacers sent to the camp were selected by the national selection committee or regional coaches not by Wasim himself.