First of all, let’s hear a joke. Pakistan’s former cricket captain and coach Intikhab Alam once said that he was far more fit than many of the players in the team. It would have been true had he been talking in his youth but sadly, he was over 60 when he did so. It would have motivated his team had he been the coach of the veteran’s team but sadly, he was the coach of Pakistan’s national side.
The biggest issue with the Pakistan cricket team is that they haven’t had a stable coach to teach them the finer points of cricket. The current coach Mohsin Khan doesn’t look like a coach because he tries to act as a filmstar whenever he faces the camera! He, along with one of his predecessor Intikhab Alam, can’t even fake a shot or roll their arm over if their life depended on it.
The way the team practices is a shame, when and if compared to the other teams. While players from England, Australia, West Indies and even the neighbouring teams of Sri Lanka and India can hit the stumps to run out a batsman, players from Pakistan can’t make a direct hit even while standing close to the stumps. Why? Because three of the last two coaches – Intikhab Alam and Mohsin Khan – were not even fit to put their feet on a cricket ground, let alone making players improve their fitness. Playing ‘catch-catch’ is the lamest of exercises one can think of and these two folks excelled in them. For them, bouncing the ball off a bat is the most ‘advanced’ of cricket trainings, and that’s why the players never took them seriously. No wonder Pakistan is the only side that is unable to understand the ‘basics’ of power plays and still has no plan for the special overs.
Pakistan needs a coach who understands the game and makes them understand it as well. Otherwise, the time is near when Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will be termed better sides than the greenshirts who win matches only when the prayers are answered! They may be on a winning streak these days but they haven’t played against the better sides. The Sri Lankan played badly because they haven’t been paid since losing in the World Cup final to India, while Bangladesh can only win a match if and when the other team is either blind or dead!