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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1553

Talent rich Pakistan cricket

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

Pakistan cricket team to win most of its matches abroad was made possible because they are forced to play all their matches away, due to the security situation prevailing in the country.

The team does not enjoy any home advantage like all other teams do, by playing on home ground and in front of their home crowd.

Although this is a blessing in disguise for the team, one cannot be without feeling sorry for the cricket crazy nation for being deprived of the opportunity of seeing its own boys playing on home ground.

Recent showings of the Pakistani team against so many other formidable opponents, in varied venues other than Pakistan, are enough proof for its abundant talent.

All what the team needed from the very beginning were discipline and just ‘fine-tuning’, which it got from the Sri Lankan born Dav Whatmore, who replaced Mohsin Khan as the team’s head coach in March 2012.

Since then Pakistan won the Asia Cup in Bangladesh and also figured very well in most of its recent engagements, including the one in India, now.

Whatmore, who helped his country of birth – Sri Lanka, to win the ODI Cricket World Cup in 1996, in Lahore by beating his adopted country, Australia, by a convincing margin of 7 wickets, is a strict disciplinarian.

I believe, PCB chose an ideal man at the opportune moment to put its team on the right track. Pakistan is a country with no short of young talents and we cricket lovers yearn to watch these talents in action, no matter from whom and from where they come.

Finally a message to all radicals in Pakistan; ‘don’t deprive your cricket crazy nation watching its boys in action on own soil and earn the nation’s bitter hatred!’

- Asian Tribune -

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