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Pybus urges Pak to emulate Asian neighbours

Published: Sunday, June 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Karachi:Former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus urged use of technology to groom talent saying India and Sri Lanka have shown Asian cricket the way and Pakistan must follow suit.

"The basics of cricket stay the same, but science can improve preparation and training of players and the Indians and Sri Lankans have shown Asian cricket the way forward," Pybus said on Sunday.

"The Indian set up is a reflection of this, what they don't have in coaching and sports science staff they outsourced, it seems to have by-passed a lot of the amateur attitudes that drag performance down."

Pybus, an Englishman based in South Africa, was removed after Pakistan's first round exit from the World Cup last year but has remained a great fan of Pakistan cricket.

Speaking from South Africa Pybus said Pakistan's transition has been on the track despite defeat against India two months ago.

"The only real hiccup in the rebuilding phase has been the series against India, but this disappointment has to be tempered with the knowledge that India are a superior side," said Pybus.

India achieved their first ever wins in Pakistan, 3-2 in One-day series and 2-1 in Tests, on their first tour of Pakistan for 15 years.

Pakistan later this week starts its preparation for a hectic season in which they feature in next month's six-nation Asia Cup, before taking on India and Australia in a tri-series in the Netherlands in August.

Pakistan will then participate in the 12-nation ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy in England before hosting Zimbabwe in a proposed six-match One-day series and then tour Australia from December 2004 to February next year.

Pakistan is also scheduled to tour India early next year.

Pybus, who had three tenures as Pakistan coach between 1999-2003, said Government's involvement in Pakistan cricket must be finished.

"I believe the greatest challenge for Pakistan cricket is to separate the cricket Board from the Government, every time there is a change in Government or Government administration there is a change in the key administrators at cricket Board level."

Pakistan's President is the patron of the cricket Board and nominates the cricket chief.

Pybus said Pakistan must be consistent and give time to youngsters.

He said captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Javed Miandad must be given time to mould the team.

"Inzamam and Miandad has done their jobs okay and must be given time with an eye for a young captain to replace Inzamam whenever needed."

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