Abdul Qadir lashes out against PCB

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Abdul Qadir. (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

The former leg-spinner of Pakistan, Abdul Qadir who was one of the top spinners of his generation has lashed out against the different strategies of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). PCB has been conducting a boot camp ahead of their tour to England this summer.

Qadir feels that the decision to conduct the boot camp at the Military Academy in Kakul will not result in any betterment of the players. “What is the purpose of this boot camp? It has been organized to improve fitness of the players but to me the most important area in which our players need to work on and improve for the England tour is in the batting or skills department,” he said.

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He suggested that it would have been better to prepare some seaming pitches in Lahore itself and make the players play matches between themselves. “It would have been a far more sensible to prepare four to five seaming pitches in Lahore or any other venue and have the probables for the tour play proper four-day matches among themselves. These matches on pitches similar to what we should encounter in England would have helped our players prepare properly for the coming test series where our batting will be the most vulnerable” he said.

“I don’t know what was the purpose of having this boot camp and so much stress on fitness. Priorities need to be sorted out,” he added.

He also slammed PCB for the recruitment of Mickey Arthur as the chief coach, when he was unable to take charge of the team immediately. “Only our board can agree to such contracts. I don’t know when Arthur will only be able to take charge. Maybe just few days before the team leaves for England. What can one expect him to deliver? It was necessary for him to attend the camp to assess each and every player’s abilities and skills,” he said.

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Qadir also questioned Shaharyar Khan’s statement that the lack of educated players in the squad is the reason for Pakistan downfall. “If this was the case then I must ask Shaharyar sahib what he has to say about performers like myself, Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, Muhammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Saqlain Mushtaq to name a few,”

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