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In cricket there is no need for a coach: Abdul Qadir

Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images).

Former Pakistan spin legend Abdul Qadir recently stated that there is no need to have a coach at the international level. Qadir simply ridiculed the idea of having coaches at the international level citing the fact that it is the captain who should be solely responsible for all decision making.

Abdul Qadir also advised the PCB that having a coach is a sheer waste of money and the board should not waste its precious time and money in hiring a coach. “Having a coach is a waste of money and nothing else. In cricket there is no need for a coach. The captain is the leader and the main driving force behind everything,” Qadir said in an interview.

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To emphasize on his fact, Qadir asked whether the international players need motivation. He said that the players are well trained and well-accomplished to take decisions on their own at the highest level. As far as motivation is concerned, he believes that the captain can do that task. “Tell me do players who have played international cricket need any coaching. As far as motivating players or planning strategies is concerned in cricket the captain is the right man to do this,” Qadir quoted.

He further blamed the ICC and the non-Asian countries for promoting this ideology of having coaches for the international teams. “I would also urge the ICC to stop this practice of sending coaches or promoting coaching concepts in other countries as it achieves nothing,” he said.

“Unfortunately, in Pakistan, we tend to be impressed by the white foreigners or even those players who have left Pakistan and gone abroad to earn their living and give them key postings and financial packages with no results to show after months,” he added.

The former leg-spinner also stressed that no coach can ever make an average player great. “At the end of the day it is the player’s own personal passion, willpower, determination and hunger to improve his skills and become a top professional which makes him a better player,” said Abdul Qadir.

Having the captain solely responsible for all duties will put an end to the blame game between captain and coach that often takes place after a poor result. “Whenever we lose a series or tournament the captain and coach blame each other for the results. To put an end to this practice it is best the captain is made wholly responsible for everything in the team,” he said.

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