Former Pakistan spinner, Abdul Qadir, who is known for his outspoken nature, has said that Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision to have a boot camp at the Military Academy in Kakul for the players will not help the players to improve their skills before the challenging England tour.
“What is the purpose of this boot camp? It has been organized to improve the 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,” Qadir said.
Qadir suggested that the PCB should have prepared a few seaming pitches for the players to train.He said that playing on such pitches would have helped the players to get a feel of the playing conditions in England.
“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,” he said.
“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.
He said that Pakistan’s batting is the weak link and the team should have concentrated to improve their batting.
“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.
Qadir also blasted PCB for arranging the boot camp in the absence of newly appointed head coach Micky Arthur.
“Only our board can agree to such contracts. I don’t know when Arthur will only be able to take charge. May be just a 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.
When asked to comment on PCB chief Shaharyar Khan’s comment that the absence of educated players in the national team has led to recent poor performances, he said:“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.”