Zaheer Abbas Believes PCB Needs To Give Opportunities To The Local Coaches Rather Than Foreign Coaches
Former Pakistan cricketer Zaheer Abbas believes that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should bring the local coaches to improve Pakistan’s performances in international cricket. Abbas is unhappy with the performances of the foreign coaches.
Pakistan has disappointed with their performances in the recently concluded 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. In their first five matches of that tournament, Pakistan won only once and lost thrice (one had no result). That poor starting hugely hampered their journey in that tournament.
Later, in that round-robin stage, Pakistan won all their last four matches. At the end of that round-robin stage, Pakistan earned 11 points in nine games, equal points of the no.4-positioned team New Zealand. However, Pakistan just failed to qualify for the semi-finals due to having lower net run-rate. The 1992 World Cup-winning team Pakistan completed their 2019 CWC journey after finishing in the fifth position.
Since their maiden ICC Champions Trophy victory in 2017, Pakistan hasn’t achieved any significant success in international cricket. The team has hugely failed to perform consistently in recent international cricket.
Foreign coaches have not given any extraordinary performances – Zaheer Abbas
Zaheer Abbas believes that the PCB should rely on the local coaches rather than the foreign coaches. The former Pakistan cricketer feels that the PCB has given too much importance to the foreign coaches in recent time, but they haven’t given any extraordinary performances.
Abbas told as per The Nation, “For last two decades or so, the PCB has heavily relied on foreign coaches and never trusted local talent. Pakistan is blessed with great talent while our coaches have delivered well for the country in the past and they are capable of performing at the highest level.
“The PCB needs to provide opportunities to the seasoned local coaches, who have given their lives to cricket.
“If we closely monitor the performances of foreign coaches, they have not given any extraordinary performances. We can’t give a decade to a coach just because (he) helped the team (win) the Champions Trophy. Now it’s (been) more than two years (since) the team won an ICC event.”
Mickey Arthur’s success faded away soon
Pakistan’s current head coach Mickey Arthur took charge of the team in May 2016. In the initial period of his coaching, Pakistan achieved tremendous success. From August 2016 to October 2016, Pakistan stood on the top of the ICC Test ranking. Since the ICC introduced the ranking system in summer 2003, it was the first time when Pakistan led the ICC Test ranking.
Later, in June 2017, Mickey Arthur’s boys won the ICC Champions Trophy.
However, these top successes have faded away soon due to Pakistan’s inconsistent performances.
According to the latest news, the PCB is thinking to separate the head coaches and captains in the red-ball and white-ball cricket.
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