Ed­u­ca­tion does not mat­ter for a crick­eter: Qadir

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—For­mer leg spin­ner Ab­dul Qadir be­lieves ed­u­ca­tion does not mat­ter for a crick­eter as mostly the top play­ers in the history of Pak­istan cricket were un­e­d­u­cated. Qadir was re­fer­ring to the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) Chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan’s state­ment re­gard­ing lack of ed­u­cated play­ers in the na­tional team be­ing a cause for cricket’s down­fall.

“I to­tally dis­agree with the state­ment as many top play­ers in­clud­ing Hanif Muham­mad, Mush­taq Muham­mad, Za­heer Ab­bas, Javed Mian­dad, In­za­mam ul Haq, Younus Khan, Sar­fraz Nawaz, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar were not that ed­u­cated,” he claimed.

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 one can ex­pect then.

He also termed PCB’s fit­ness camp ‘use­less’ say­ing it won’t help in im­prov­ing play­ers’ per­for­mance in the se­ries against Eng­land in July.

“In­stead PCB should have formed four teams and have con­ducted matches be­tween them on seam­ing pitches to pre­pare the na­tional team for the Eng­land tour,” he told APP.

“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.

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 player of his age as his other coun­ter­parts failed to sat­isfy the fit­ness train­ers,” he said.—APP

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