Pakistan has abundant cricketing talent and all it needs to do is to get rid of its incompetent cricket administration, former captain Imran Khan said on Sunday.
Imran, who led Pakistan to the famous come from behind World Cup victory in 1992, said with a competent cricket administration, “domestic cricket can be reformed [and] restructured to allow talent to be honed in”.
“For instance Pakistan, with a much smaller pop base than India, produces far more [and] better quality fast bowlers,” the 64-year-old former captain said in a tweet.
1. For disappointed Pak cricket fans good news is Pak has abundant cricketing talent. We need to get rid of the sifarshi cricket admin
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 8, 2017
2. So that domestic cricket can be reformed & restructured to allow our talent to be polished/honed in. — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 8, 2017
3. For instance Pak, with a much smaller pop base than India, produces far more & better quality fast bowlers. — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 8, 2017
Imran’s comments have come at a time when former cricketing heavyweights are criticising Pakistan team for losing 3-0 to Australia in the recently concluded Test series.
Javed Miandad, who represented Pakistan in 124 Tests and 233 one-day internationals, said on Saturday that it was not the right time for Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to quit as the country has nobody to replace him.
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“The problem is we don’t have anyone to replace Misbah. This shows how weak our cricketing structure is. Everywhere in the world there’s a system in place and players come and go, but unfortunately we didn’t adopt any such system,” Miandad told the Associated Press.
However, Misbah isn’t the first captain to have lost to Australia in such a manner. Previous Pakistan teams have failed to do well Down Under, with Australia clean sweeping them comprehensively in the 1999, 2005 and 2010 series.
On Friday, former T20 skipper and swashbuckling all-rounder Shahid Afridi, too, told reporters that Pakistan wasn’t producing any talent. “I would have taken retirement if there was talent to replace me,” he said.