Qadir sees no benefit of fitness camp

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Islamabad—Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir on Wednesday terming the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) fitness camp as a useless factor said it won’t help in improving players’ performance in the series against England in July.
Talking to APP, Qadir said instead the PCB should have formed four teams and have conducted matches between them on seaming pitches to prepare the national team for the England tour.
“The best performers from the four teams should have been inducted in the final Playing Eleven for the series against England in July and the second best players should have been kept as standbys in the other team,” he said.
He said the PCB thinks that he criticizes the board and officials without any reason. “But criticizing with giving solution is a great idea I think,” he said.
He said though only the fitness of players would get better in the ongoing camp, currently we are in dire need to improve the batting and bowling for the team.
“The players who will be discarded from the fitness camp would get dishearten as they won’t be utilized,” he said, adding therefore building two teams would have been the best idea for future.
Speaking about the PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan’s remarks regarding lack of educated players in the national team being a cause for cricket’s downfall, Qadir said he totally disagrees with the statement as mostly the top players in the history of Pakistan Cricket were uneducated.
“Hanif Muhammad, Mushtaq Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam ul Haq, Younus Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar are some examples of the top players who were not that educated,” he claimed.
Qadir said he has high hopes from the opener Shaan Masood to do well in the series against England. “Shaan was said to be the fittest player in the PCB fitness camp which is very good for a his age player of as his other counterparts failed to satisfy the fitness trainers,” he said.
Talking about the national head coach Mickey Arthur who hasn’t joined the team yet, Qadir said this is the reason why former cricketers criticize the board for making ineffective decisions. “The board is holding the camp for players and the head coach is missing from it,” he said adding what can one expect then.—APP

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