Rashid Latif urges Mickey to slow down with state­ments

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—For­mer Cap­tain Rashid Latif has urged head coach Mickey Arthur to slow down with his state­ments about Pak­istan Cricket say­ing he must first come and see the chal­lenges he faces with the na­tional team. Ear­lier this month, Mickey Arthur had said that he will not tol­er­ate indis­ci­pline and self­ish play­ers in the team. He also said he will not let ex­ter­nal forces dic­tate how he goes about do­ing his busi­ness. He said that In­dian Premier League (IPL) ex­clu­sion is also hurt­ing the per­for­mance of Pak­istan in T20 cricket.

Rashid said there were too many state­ments from the new coach and he is speak­ing on ev­ery cricket is­sue re­lated to Pak­istan cricket.

“Mickey is an ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional coach but he should slow down a bit with his state­ments and first come and see first hand the chal­lenges he faces with the Pak­istan team,” Latif told a for­eign news agency. “There are lot of hopes from Mickey but he should not raise the ex­pec­ta­tions be­cause he might not know this but Pak­istani cricket fans and au­thor­i­ties can be very un­for­giv­ing if he can’t turn things around,” he said.

Rashid said he had al­ways felt that a for­eign coach who keeps a low pro­file is best suited for Pak­istan cricket. “In the end the re­sults mat­ter noth­ing else mat­ters,” he said.

Rashid said that Mickey was not the first choice for many cricket fans, crit­ics and the me­dia so he would re­ally need to work hard to be­come a pop­u­lar choice.

For­mer cap­tain Rameez Raja also ad­vised Arthur to be ready to face an en­tirely dif­fer­ent cricket cul­ture in Pak­istan. “He is a solid ex­pe­ri­enced coach who has worked with two top teams and top play­ers but he will re­ally have to be in­no­va­tive and firm to pick up the per­for­mances of the Pak­istan team,” he said.

Rameez said the key would be to get rid of self­ish play­ers and en­cour­age those who were coura­geous enough to play for the team not them­selves.

He said that a per­fect win­ning cricket cul­ture had been missing from the Pak­istan dress­ing room for some­time due to many rea­sons and this would be the big­gest chal­lenge for the new coach to change this cul­ture.

Rameez also felt that for some­time Pak­istan team had been missing an in­spi­ra­tional leader who was not only a top per­former but also good enough to mo­ti­vate play­ers.

He said iden­ti­fy­ing and groom­ing the right leader would be a prime re­spon­si­bil­ity for the new for­eign coach.—APP

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