After learning the COVID-19 restrictions and environment, the former Pakistan cricketer Mudassar Nazar feels that it would be hard for the ‘90s Pakistan team. He also believes that some players would even fight with their teammates in this boring period.
The international cricket just started from this month after the stoppage of four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ongoing Test series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies is the first series since the stoppage in the international cricket. However, both the participating teams are facing huge restrictions during this entire series.
Mudassar Nazar, who recently ended his journey as chief of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore, feels that the present environment is very hard for cricket, where the players are facing many restrictions. He also believes that if the ‘90s Pakistan team faced this condition, there could be some fight between the players.
Nazar recently told a Pakistan news channel, “I don’t think such an environment is ideal for cricket. From what I have heard the players in England are bored and fatigued because of the Covid-19 restrictions and environment. I just wonder what would have happened if teams of the past like in the ‘90s had to remain together in such Covid conditions. I guess some players would have been fighting and would be at each other’s throats by now.”
After this ongoing Test series, England will play the three-match home ODI series against Ireland.
Pakistan players are also currently in England. From the early August, Pakistan will play the three-match Test series and three-match T20I series against the hosts England. Nazar feels that the present restrictions on the players can put a negative effect on the Pakistan players’ performances on this England tour.
Nazar said, “I have been told our players presently in training in England have become bored with the whole restrictions etc. It might have an effect on their performances in the coming series because it is never easy playing in England.”
Nazar further added that he would have been very bored if he faced the same situation.
Mudassar Nazar in unhappy with Mohammed Amir’s inclusion
The 28-year-old Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has recently been called up in the Pakistan squad for the ongoing England tour. Initially, he pulled out this tour due to the birth of his child. However, Nazar isn’t happy with Amir’s addition in the Pakistan squad for the English tour.
Nazar claimed, “In the past this was a player reluctant to play in one format for his country and now that he is available he is immediately called up to the team. That is something that does not sit well with me.”
Meanwhile, Nazar praised Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam. The qualified coach believes that Babar can be unstoppable in future if he continues his good form in this England tour.
He said, “In recent times he has got a great grip on his bat and he is batting really well. The way he took on Dale Stein in South Africa last year and then the Australians in their own backyard I just think that if Babar gets runs in England he will be unstoppable in future.”