Bob Woolmer tells his lads to aim big goals

Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The Pakistan team coach Bob Woolmer has told his players in a motivational session on Tuesday that the key to defeating England in the home series later this year lay in self belief, discipline and supporting each other on and off the field.

In a more than 30 minutes speech made to members of the Pakistan team and the players selected in the two 'A' squads that play against each other in Lahore, Woolmer also highlighted the importance of mental strength and top class fielding.

"Woolmer pointed out that in the four Tests played so far the Australians had dropped 16 catches and if they had taken those catches they would have been up 3-0," a player who attended the session said.

"He said another reason for Australia being behind England in the Ashes series was their batsmen had scored just one century and only four half-centuries in the series so far which meant they had not go enough runs and were playing under pressure."

The session was held by the former England player in a bid to start preparing the players mentally for the matches coming up against Australia 'A', England and India in the next few months.

"After the session each player was also given a complete 'what to do' document in English and Urdu which they have been told to study in detail and follow the advise and regulations laid down in them," the player said.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt and Mohammad Sami were among the Pakistani players who attended the briefing.

"He told us that we all needed to adopt the motto That if we want to be better than the best, we must do much more than the rest.

"He also said that the ultimate goal of Pakistan cricket is to win the 2007 World Cup and if we can manage to do this it would be our ultimate performance goal," the player added.

According to him the document given to the players contains detailed discussion on what should be done to start looking at the World Cup as the ultimate high performance goal.

"He also advised us to do a regular self-assessment of our weaknesses and try to constantly work on our weaknesses. He made it clear that ultimately it is what we do as cricketers in the coming series that would determine if we can reach the goal of winning the World Cup."

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