Cricket: Action urged for Pakistan's woeful batsmen

By AFP
Published: June 16, 2013
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Mohammad Hafeez leaves the field after being dismissed during their ICC Champions Trophy group B match against India at Edgbaston cricket ground, Birmingham June 15, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mohammad Hafeez leaves the field after being dismissed during their ICC Champions Trophy group B match against India at Edgbaston cricket ground, Birmingham June 15, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan cricket pundits Sunday called for an overhaul of the team’s coaching after their dismal showing at the Champions Trophy ended with a humiliating defeat to India.

After a poor performance on tour in South Africa the batsmen again let the side down, failing to score a single total above 170 in three matches.

Arch-rivals India’s confident display with the bat, easing to an eight-wicket win, was in stark contrast to the Pakistani top order’s scratchy, nervous showing.

Former coach Mohsin Khan said Pakistan needed better planning to overcome their now long-standing batting problems.

“Our batting has been hurting us badly and if we don’t address it quickly our team will go down further at the international level,” Khan told AFP.

“It is time we take strong measures to address this problem.”

Only captain Misbahul Haq, with 173 runs in three matches, batted with any authority, while top-order stars Mohammad Hafeez (38 in three), Shoaib Malik (25) and Kamran Akmal (23) were below standard.

Pakistan were bowled out for 170 in their opening Group B match against the West Indies before slumping to 167 against South Africa and 165 against India in a rain-shortened match.

Khan said the team appeared to have no strategy to tackle the batting slump.

“It’s no comment if you ask me about coach’s contribution,” said Khan, who was replaced as coach by former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore in March last year.

“Just think of it, there was no planning, no strategy and no permanent batting slots.”

Khan said Misbah fought a lone battle at the crease while bowlers were outstanding.

“Our batsmen failed to support Misbah who did very well while our bowling was outstanding but we lost all matches because of poor batting,” said Khan, a stylish opener in his days.

Former captain Rashid Latif was harsh on Whatmore.

“Whatmore should be sent back because he and other support staff has failed,” said Latif. “New people should come and take over this team which has talent but need better planning.”

He also said the Pakistan’s administrative set-up should be streamlined.

“We always make players accountable but don’t hold the cricket board responsible,” said Latif. “We must streamline the board with some new and wise people and then build this team with better planning.”

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Asad
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:10PM

    …When Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal are rated as “Top order Stars”, u know the team is in serious trouble then…

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  • Sodomite
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:12PM

    Just like other things have gone to the dogs, PCB should only have players that meet Clause 62 and 63 of the Constitution. They are religious, pious and have clean thoughts. Otherwise they are thinking of other things and not of playing. They should also wear shalwaar-kameez not eye catching tight pants for I get excited more than the players. We will win then.

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  • Mia
    Jun 17, 2013 - 1:46AM

    Bring the true Mohsin of this beleaguered team; Mohsin Hasan Khan back and reward him with a long term contract. He will return this same set of clowns into winners ;give or take!

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  • Farhad
    Jun 17, 2013 - 2:18AM

    @Sodomite: Very funny. Good sarcasm skills.

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  • Hassan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:09AM

    @Sodomite:
    You’re very naughty you sod !

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  • Babloo
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:13AM

    How come PCB has not yet fired Misbah ?

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  • Afsoos
    Jun 17, 2013 - 3:42AM

    @Sodomite:

    Very funny in a sad and pathetic sort of a way because it is more true than funny. It reflects the general state of degradation of the Pakistani people. The nation is an outcast and a pariah nation.

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  • SK
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:16PM

    we have had 3-4 foreign coaches in past decade and never had good results, we had Mohsin Khan (a Pakistani) and had team moving in right direction- that in itself should be guiding light moving forward- this will happen only if powers that be start thinking beyond personal vested interests

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  • ABKhan
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:42PM

    @Babloo:

    Yes a good suggestion, fire the only man who is performing and have the highest run average for Pakistan. Cricket is not a game of only 4’s and sixes. For that there is IPL

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