KARACHI: Former coach Mohsin Khan has offered a helping hand to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in its bid to revive top-flight international cricket in the country.
The PCB, under Zaka Ashraf, has been making all-out efforts to revive international cricket, which was brought to a halt in March 2009. Hopes were raised after a confirmation from the Bangladesh board but that, too, fell through late in the day. Fans were given a shock as the short series was effectively cancelled, due to a court order in Dhaka, much to their disappointment.
Mohsin, who was the national chief selector before becoming the interim coach, praised Ashraf’s efforts but pointed out glitches in his policy.
“It’s good to see that the PCB is determined to revive international cricket,” Mohsin told The Express Tribune. “But in my opinion the board should target big teams from outside Asia like Australia and England. It’s not an impossible task but it all depends on the plan and the way we convince such teams. For that purpose, I’m offering my services. I’m confident that I can make a productive contribution.”
However, the former opener suggested that the board should put a lot of emphasis on domestic cricket.
“We have an example of South Africa who did not play international cricket for over two decades but still returned as a force due to their domestic structure. At least we can play abroad and by focusing on domestic cricket we can make a lot of improvement.”
Mohsin backs Kamran’s return
Meanwhile, the former chief selector gave mixed views over the return of senior cricketers but did back the inclusion of wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal.
“If he’s available for selection, then Kamran is still our best choice. There’s no better replacement at least in the limited-overs format. His batting ability gives him an edge over other wicket-keepers. Since he has worked hard to bring an improvement in his keeping, he deserves a recall.”
However, Mohsin opposed the possibility of the 37-year old Mohammad Yousuf making a comeback.
“Yousuf cannot play for more than two years. His recall will not only be unjustified to the youngsters but will also hurt their confidence because Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali have made a good impression. There should be a 30 to 70 ratio of juniors and seniors in the team. I did that and introduced many new faces during my tenure as the chief selector. I hope this selection committee also introduces more talent.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2012.
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