Pak needs to cover a lot of ground, says Miandad

Published: Monday, February 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Poor strategy was responsible for the drubbing at the hands of Australia and a low-on-confidence Pakistan team would now have to cover a lot of ground in order to have any impact on the tour of India, according to former Pakistan skipper and coach Javed Miandad.

"There have been some good individual performances here and there on the Australian tour but overall, it has been a disappointing tour. The confidence of the boys must be down after losing the Test and one-day series," Miandad told reporters in Karachi today.

Pakistan, who were whitewashed in the three-Test series before finishing as losing finalists to Australia in the tri-series that concluded yesterday, are to leave for India on February 25 to play a three-Test and five-match One-day international series.

"It is up to the boys to lift their confidence level and motivate themselves for the tour ahead. It is going to be tough because if victory can take your confidence sky high, it touches its lowest ebb in case of defeat, particularly when the margins of defeat are so big.

"But that is what international cricket is all about. You win some, you lose some and move on," said Miandad, who was the coach of the Wasim Akram-led team on their last tour to India in 1999.

Miandad, who was unceremoniously sacked and replaced by South African-born Englishman Bob Woolmer last year, once again took a swipe at the team management.

"The basic problem with the Pakistan team is that it has been so badly and regularly shuffled that when the selectors will sit down to finalise the squad for the Indian tour, even they would not know which player to select for which position."

The former captain said instead of shuffling players now and then, the team should have persisted with specialists.

"I blame the team management for this scenario. Australia is a difficult place to play cricket and therefore, they should have persisted with specialists.

"I mean Shoaib Malik was batting at No 3 until the Australia tour but Mohammad Hafeez took over from him. Kamran Akmal was coming down the order but he was sent as an opener.

Younis Khan was considered as a one-day batsman but was played in Tests. By sending inexperienced batsmen on top of the order, you are not only putting pressure on those players but on the entire team."

All this reflected that the team management had absolutely no clue or confidence in its players. "These were signs of panic," he said.

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