Anwar sees bright future for Pak cricket

Published: Saturday, June 5, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Former Pakistan captain Saeed Anwar believes that the Pakistan cricket has a bright future, as the country has an abundance of batting talent.

A veteran of 55 Tests and 247 One-day Internationals, Anwar said he saw no cause of concern as far as Pakistan cricket was concerned.

"There is a lot of batting talent and the most positive aspect is they are willing to learn and listen to you," Anwar was quoted as saying.

Anwar, who is the batting coach at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, said he avoided interfering much with the batting technique of the youngsters.

"I am just working on their basics and trying to strengthen their mind and heart cricketwise so that they can start thinking and playing as true professionals. I keep on telling them this is what differentiates an average batsman from a great batsman," he revealed.

"At the same time, I am trying to also inculcate into the boys the teachings of Islam and to make them realise that with cricket they also need to be good human being and Muslims."

Anwar said he was satisfied with the response of the boys working with him. "They have shown a lot of faith and trust in me. They listen to what I have to say and believe in it. What gives me more satisfaction is that in some practice games I have seen some of my students applying the very things I tell them practically and it is working for them," Anwar added.

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