Grassroots cricket makes Pakistani players completely different, says Saqlain Mushtaq

Grassroots cricket makes Pakistani players completely different, says Saqlain Mushtaq


A file photo of Pakistan cricket teams interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq.
A file photograph of Pakistan cricket group’s interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq. 

KARACHI: National cricket group’s interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq has stated that the Pakistani cricketers are self-made and what they undergo whereas taking part in on the grassroots stage makes them completely different.

In an unique interview with Geo News, Saqlain stated that it can be crucial for a coach to know a participant’s thoughts and feelings earlier than going into technical particulars with him.

Saqlain was appointed Pakistan’s interim head coach in September after Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis had stepped down from their respective roles. Since his appointment, Pakistan has misplaced just one sport – the T20 World Cup semi-final towards Australia.

“It is important for a coach to understand everything about a player, his emotions, his thoughts, his approach – before going into technical details. If a coach doesn’t understand players’ minds, then he won’t be able to get the best out of the player.”

He stated that he believes in empowering players.

“I am enjoying my time with the Pakistan team as head coach, it is always an honour to serve your country. Every day is a new day and I start my day with thoughts of serving Pakistan cricket and players. I prefer empowering players and I let them express their minds after telling them about the options. It is heartening to see the players backing each other,” he stated.

When requested, if he wished to be a everlasting head coach, Saqlain stated that he hasn’t determined but and if any such supply involves him, he’ll determine after discussing it with household.

He stated that teaching Pakistan is completely different from teaching rest-of-the-world as a result of Pakistani cricketers are self-made.

‘World recognises Pakistan’s expertise’

“The world recognises Pakistan’s talent and potential, and one reason for our unmatched talent is that we are self-made cricketers. A majority of players are self-taught, on streets while playing grass-roots cricket. We, as cricketers in Pakistan, undergo tough environment at grass root which helps us become stronger at the top level,” he stated.

Replying to a query, the previous spin maestro praised quick bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi and recalled the influence of Afridi’s bowling towards India.

“I must say that what he did against India, especially those two deliveries – I’ve not seen anything like that in my whole life. Those two deliveries gave Pakistan new energy and a fresh belief,” he stated.

“His attitude is tremendous, he’s never tired and always ready to bowl for the country and contribute for the cause. His work ethic is also exemplary, he is always so focused on his game, which makes him a successful player,” the interim head coach added.

He additionally praised batter and captain Babar Azam and termed him a megastar of Pakistan Cricket.

“The world recognizes Babar as number one. There’s no doubt about his greatness. His mindset, his calmness is remarkable. He is a megastar of Pakistan Cricket. I pray that he dominates like this for a longer period,” he added.

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