Cricket: Snubbed Mohsin offers a helping hand

Published: May 2, 2012
Mohsin supervised Pakistan’s Test-series whitewash against England but following the appointment of Dav Whatmore,  he now wants to play a role in reviving international cricket in the country. PHOTO: AFP

Mohsin supervised Pakistan’s Test-series whitewash against England but following the appointment of Dav Whatmore, he now wants to play a role in reviving international cricket in the country. PHOTO: AFP

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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Reader Comments (7)

  • Hakeem
    May 2, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Yusuf is too old to play now, he should plan for retirement


  • May 2, 2012 - 4:40PM

    I agree, kamran should return to Pakistan cricket team, we need him as a batsman aswell.


  • Muhammad Faheem Khan
    May 2, 2012 - 5:16PM

    Yosuf should not be in team because his career has over. He cannot throw the ball from the boundary. A player should be wicketkeeper first then batsman. Not batsman-wicketkeeper. Because keeping is backbone of team. If not, then who will take the catches?


  • THE
    May 2, 2012 - 5:40PM

    If they bring back Kamran Akmal it would be a HUGE disappointment since the guy is a nightmare! You cannot judge the impact of a butterfinger wicket keeper until you get to a match like the world cup semi-final or the Sydney Test. Does anyone remmember how many catches Kamran drop in the world cup. In my opinion he’s the reason we lost the match to India.


  • yep
    May 2, 2012 - 6:08PM

    kamran akmal should be slowly drafted into side….first only in t20 as specialist batsman/opener and umar akmal as keeper….then after kamran proves his batting form then he should take the gloves in t20…if keeping form proven then bring him in odi team …if he proves his form there as well then bring him to tests….but please do not bring him in straight to test team….this process should take at least 6 months….otherwise if he fails then dump him for eternity….


  • ali imran
    May 2, 2012 - 10:36PM

    haha,now no lift for mohsin from pcb so he offer his services,very funny


  • May 2, 2012 - 11:07PM

    However plays for the Pakistani team should play good and make our country PROUD!


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