Inzamam wants physio and bowling coach

Published: Saturday, May 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq would press the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to provide qualified support staff, including a bowling coach and physiotherapist, in view of the team's important upcoming assignments.

Inzamam, whose next assignment is the Asia Cup in July, said he would be outlining his requirements to the PCB officials when he meets them on June 4 when plans for the future assignments of the Pakistan team would be drawn up.

"We are planning to have a 22-day training camp from June 20th. And I want the Board to provide us with a bowling coach, a qualified physiotherapist and a trainer who can be with us in the camp and work with the players," he was quoted as saying by local daily The News.

The prolific batsman made it clear that if the Pakistan team was to move forward it required a qualified physio and trainer with it at all times.

"I don't care if the physio and trainer are from Pakistan. I am not asking specifically for foreigners. What I want is that they should be young and well versed with the modern requirements of the sport.

"Look at all the other teams today, they all have young qualified physios and trainers attached to them because nowadays we are playing cricket constantly. Cricket is now a science," Inzamam said.

Referring to the spate of injuries to Pakistan bowlers against India, which even prompted PCB to set up a medical inquiry commission, the skipper admitted that injuries have been affecting the team badly.

"Injuries have been a major problem for us in the past and hit us badly in the series against India. We need to overcome this problem," Inzamam said.

"I would like someone like Daryl Foster helping out the players. I have also spoken to Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram and they have said if the Board offers them a proper assignment they will do it. But for the time being I have also requested them to come and work with the bowlers in the training camp for 22 days," he said.

Inzamam admitted that he erred in relying greatly on the bowlers and expecting too much from them in the series against India.

"I think what we forgot was that we can't start comparing them to Wasim and Waqar. They (Wasim and Waqar) had a lot of experience behind them whereas Sami and Shoaib are still learning and when they faced problems with no-balls and wides and the expectations of the nation they came under pressure. I felt sorry for them," he said.

He also said that after doing a review of the series he had come to the conclusion that the Pakistani bowlers, particularly Sami and Shoaib, failed because they simply could not manage to swing the ball.

The 34-year old captain, a veteran of 94 Tests and 312 One-dayers, was confident that his team will recover from the defeat to India when it plays in the Asia Cup.

"I think we badly need to do well in the Asia Cup, in fact win it. Because we need not only to get our own confidence back but also restore the confidence of the nation. We have to perform much better in the Asia Cup because you have the world's top two teams - India and Sri Lanka - competing in it."

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