Lahore: Pakistan’s cricketing legends will hold online sessions with current and emerging red and white-ball cricketers to help them remain focused and make optimum use of their time in the wake of Covid-19 lockdown.
According to a press release by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Mohammad Yousuf, Moin Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Rashid Latif, Shoaib Akhtar, and Younis Khan will share their insights about the game as well as their strategies, preparations, and thought processes in the lead up to and during a series or an event.
Pakistan men’s team management in collaboration with the International Cricket Operations Department has initiated this project to make sure that their elite players and future prospects remain connected with the game in these unprecedented times and also learn from the experiences of some of the very best the country has produced.
“This is an exciting initiative,” says Nassem Shah
Emerging pacer has shared his delight over this exciting initiative as he is eager to listen to Wasim and Akhtar and learn how they accessed their opponents in their playing days.
“This is an exciting initiative. I can spend a whole week listening to these greats of Pakistan cricket. It will be an opportunity to hear from them how they assessed their opponents and out-thought them with their pace and skill,” he said.
“I’m always available for the guidance,” says Javed Miandad
Miandad is also looking to guide players as according to him, these are our players and this is our team, and anything he can do to uplift their objectives, he will always be available for that.
“I look forward to engaging with these players and hope I will be able to give them another perspective that can enhance their individual and team performance. I have always loved sharing my thoughts on the way I have seen and played my cricket,” Miandad said.
“Sessions would help with building mindset for England series,” says Misbah
Pakistan head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has thanked these cricketers and said that the sessions would help with building the mindset in time of the England series.
“We have to plan with the mindset that the England series will go ahead. A number of these greats have been part of series-winning sides in England and, therefore, their insight into how to plan and prepare for that series will be invaluable,” he said.
“Themes discussed will include work ethics, approach to the game, plans, practices, and methods to perform under pressure, and dealing with challenges that come from being high profile players,” he added.
“Wicket-keepers have now enhanced role in cricket,” says Rashid Latif
Rashid, one of the greatest wicket-keepers Pakistan ever produced thinks that now wicket-keepers have an enhanced role in modern-day cricket as they are expected to contribute with the bat as well.
“Something Moin and I did successfully in the 90s. That obviously came with mental toughness as well as more practice, training, and striking the right balance between the gloves and the bat so that they continue to supplement each other positively,” Rashid said.
“My approach to this session will be to be open to questions and address their concerns as I have always believed an individual knows himself better than anyone else. This should be an interesting session and I look forward to making the most of it.” he added.