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Pakistan will not panic: Zaka Ashraf


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Zaka Ashraf. -File photo

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board will not press the panic button after the team's test series whitewash in South Africa and has no plans to sack captain Misbah-ul-Haq or coach Dav Whatmore, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said on Monday.

Ashraf told Reuters he wanted to bring consistency and continuity to Pakistan cricket and one way of doing this was to not react harshly after one or two bad series.

“I don't see any threat to Misbah's captaincy or Whatmore's tenure. They have done well with the team in the last one year and we must keep that in mind while assessing the performances in South Africa,” Ashraf said.

Pakistan were whitewashed in the three-test series but won the T20 international and narrowly lost the five match one-day rubber 3-2.

Critics and former players have called for changes and Misbah and Australian Whatmore have come under fire for failing to motivate the team in South Africa.

Misbah, in particular, has been criticized for his slow batting and captaincy.

Ashraf said losing the test series was disappointing but he wanted to give continuity and confidence to the team.

“Whatmore has a two-year contract with us we will assess his performance at the right time. Similarly Misbah rallied the team in the ODI series and led by example,” Ashraf said.

He pointed out that in the past the problem in Pakistan cricket had been to panic early.

“Nowadays cricket is like a science and we need to give confidence to the players and management. We will try to provide them with the best environment and facilities. We then expect them to perform accordingly.”

The PCB chief said the board realised the urgency of having a full-time batting coach attached to the team.

“We are looking into this issue and we have invited applications from interested candidates from abroad and in Pakistan. Hopefully before our next tour we will have made a decision,” he added.

He also made it clear that as long as Misbah is 100 per cent fit and committed and was performing himself the board expected him to deliver good results.

“Since he took over as captain he has handled things well and also performed himself. He has again hit good form and his performance in the national T20 super eights cup has been very impressive.”

Misbah, 39, took over as test captain after the spot-fixing scandal hit Pakistan cricket in 2010 and was appointed the limited-overs captain in 2011 after the World Cup.

Comments (8) Closed

Merchant Iqbal Apr 02, 2013 12:10pm
I think this is the right approach.But one thing we must decide now that world cup is in 2015.We must have a plan.We badly need wicketkeeper batsman. If we do not have then we can put Kamran Akmal under former wicketkeeper's watch and improve or remove his flows. It is late but thanks that PCB realized of batting coach. Our team badly need Psycologist to work on player's mental toughness. Our selectors should give player's fielding ability beside his batting or bowling while selecting team. We should provide swing bowling training to our batsmen because championship trophy will be played in England. We should also prepare our tailenders to contribute in batting. We should take the services of Wasim and Waqar to prepare our fast bowlers for upcoming event. Our Opners should be prepare how to handle both swings and bounce. Emphasis must be given on shot selection and how to perform under pressure. It is right time to give chance to promising players like Asad Shafiq,Umer Amin,Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan,Eheshan Adel,Haris shohail.We must work on Umer Akmal's mental ability and shot selection.
Mustafa Apr 02, 2013 02:42pm
Nice decisions
John Apr 02, 2013 02:48pm
The problem is that the PCB Chairman is not qualified, hence doesn't know what changes are needed. Unfortunately, he is a political appointee and will only be replaced when Zardari goes.
Najib Apr 02, 2013 03:34pm
Before anything, I think we need to let players know to not to give only 100% against India only, they need to play much better against any team they face, Saeed Anwar led that with example, Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik did the same, and seems like Nasir Jamshed is going on the same road. If they cannot perform better against any other team other than India, it simply means they are not taking the game seriously and should not be playing at the international level.
Oz Apr 02, 2013 06:14pm
Please please please hire Saeed Anwar, the pride of pakistan. What a legendary player.... its sad to see him not there in the Pakistani cricket set up.
Cricket Fan Apr 02, 2013 11:20pm
What is the plan of PCB to improve performance? Do they have an failure analysis planned? What are the lessons learned? Are they going to have any remedial work shop?
kirther Apr 02, 2013 11:24pm
Pakistan Cricket board has a negative mind-set and has displayed very low standards in selection of team, this is why Misbah continue to be in team.
shado Apr 03, 2013 04:30pm
I would go only with one solution for batting line up, - they need to find another left hand batsman in top order at number 4 position. This will mess up the bowling attack for any team.