Waqar blames the mindset of Subcontinent teams

Published: Sunday, November 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former Pakistan Captain Waqar Younis has slammed mindset in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka against accepting their own countrymen as national cricket coaches and not believing in their ability resulting in appointment of foreign coaches.

"I feel that especially in this part of the world (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), we listen more to people who come abroad rather than our own people", the former pace bowler said.

There is a feeling that "our own people" are not capable and people take them (coaches from their own country) lightly", said Younis, who is taking part in the McDowell's Signature World Cup of Golfing Cricketers being held here.

"That's why people in Pakistan, India and even Sri Lanka struggle to be a good coach. They are probably good coaches. It (having their own countryman as coach) is not really working in this part of the world and that's why coaches are coming from abroad and taking over the job", he said.

Current national coaches of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are Greg Chappell, Bob Woolmer and Tom Moody, respectively, and all are foreigners.

Younis, who is the second highest ODI wicket-taker in the world with 416 scalps, finds Indian cricket team's recent moves to send pace bowler Irfan Pathan up the order simply perplexing and unacceptable.

"I personally don't understand why a bowler is sent up the order. You (India) got eight top batsmen. (M S) Dhoni is there. He is a decent wicket-keeper and a great batsman. I don't know why do you require to send him (Pathan) up the order".

"I don't agree (Pathan being sent up the order). Even if he gets runs, I will still not agree. That (sending bowlers up the order) is an old South African way of doing. It does not work in this part of the world", he added. "You have got six batsmen. They are there to bat..not bat at number eight or number nine".

Younis expressed the view that former skipper Sourav Ganguly being a professional, "strong character" and "fine player", would be able to adapt to playing under Rahul Dravid.

On India's prospects in the tour in Pakistan under coach Chappell slated early next year, he said dressing room environment would be key. "If dressing room is good, team always performs".

Younis said Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is playing a major role in reviving the fortunes of his country in international cricket. He termed Inzamam as a calm, focused cricketer who concentrates on the game at hand. Generally, cricketers go downhill when they are 35, but the current Pakistan captain is going "upstream".

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