Mohsin targets technical failures in Pakistan’s loss

PCB should have focused on more than just fitness, says former coach.

Our Correspondent August 12, 2014

KARACHI: Pakistan’s former Test cricketer and coach Mohsin Khan believes that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should have utilised the month-long training to work on technical issues of the players apart from just improving their physical fitness.

Reflecting on what led to Pakistan’s embarrassing seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in Galle, Mohsin said that the training camp idea flopped because it only improved the physical aspect of the players, whereas the two most important aspects – mental and technical – were not worked upon sufficiently.

National Cricket Academy (NCA) head coach Mohammad Akram planned the month-long training camp where players underwent gruelling exercises and practice sessions.

“Off-season is the best time to work on improving technical and mental issues of players, but our coaches blew away the opportunity,” Mohsin told The Express Tribune.

“The coaches could have easily helped players improve on their grey areas. But all that they were asked to do was run around like donkeys and horses. Fitness counts, but performances are more important.

“What’s the use of a player who is super fit but can’t deliver good performances?”

He further added that Pakistan did not have a proper game plan to counter Sri Lanka despite having an army of coaches and support staff travelling with them.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2014.

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