Pakistan can become world's number 1: Mohsin Khan

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Published: Monday, January 30, 2012, 11:59 [IST]
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Pak can become world's No 1: Mohsin

Abu Dhabi, Jan 30: Pakistan cricket coach Mohsin Khan has said confidently that his team can become the best team in the world and claim the number one spot after thrashing England in the second Test to claim series 2-0 in AbuDhabi on Sunday.

"I think this team has the capacity to become the world's best team. Our target should be to gradually come in the top three in both Tests and one-day, and then gradually go to world number one," Khan said

Coach Mohsin Khan expressed his views on his team, after they defeated England by 72 runs having restricted them for a mere 72, supposedly England's most disastrous batting collapse in Test history, said Paksitan will definitely become World's Number One.

He further added saying, "I think our spinners bowled very well. When we go to England our batsmen struggle against swing and here they struggle against spin, but credit to our spinners as they exploited weaknesses and it needs skill to exploit rivals' weakness," said Khan.

He also warned the team to do well in away tests, and excel overseas in order to rise to Number One position.

"God willing, it can be done gradually and hopefully we will touch the top but for that we have to perform well in other parts of the world (England, Australia and South Africa), so that means we have to prove a lot," said 56-year-old Khan, a former opener.

Mohsin Khan was appointed as Pakistan's interim coach after Waqar Younis quit the post in September 2011 and may not continue as coach as former Aussie Dav Whatmore is expected to join as coach next month.

Former Pakistan player also backed captain Misbah for his excellent leadership skills as he has led the team to victory 8 times out of 14 Tests since he took over as captain in October 2010.

"Misbah is a very good captain and I have a good rapport with him. He gives me respect as coach and as his senior and I give him respect as captain so it's a mutual thing."

"We make gameplan and he respects my experience and as coach it is my duty to support him," said Khan of Misbah who took over in October 2010.

Khan expressed his happiness after his team won the match having thought they would lose it after having given a simple target of 145 runs for World's number One team.

"We won a lost match on Saturday, but the kind of belief and self-confidence this team has shown is great," said Khan.

"That was the biggest gift I can have from my players. Our actions are louder than words and I hope that this good work goes on and on."

Currently ranked fifth in ICC team rankings, Pakistan can move higher and reach the number one spot if they continue to play aggressively and confidently like they did in the second Test against England at Abu Dhabi.


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