Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan hopes to build trust within team

Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan is confident that his team is capable of winning the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, starting Oct 18 AFP

Karachi: Oct 6, 2011

Pakistan’s new cricket coach Mohsin Hasan Khan feels that nothing will go wrong between skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq and him during their upcoming series against Sri Lanka.

Unlike his predecessor Waqar Younis and captain Shahid Afridi who could not get along resulting in the latter’s abrupt retirement, Mohsin says he has a great respect for Misbah as a cricketer and holds him in high esteem.

“He is a thorough professional, somebody who is fully aware of his job to get the best out of his players,” Mohsin told The News Thursday.

“As coach, I’m confident that I can add to the equation and am looking forward to working with Misbah and the other boys,” said the former Pakistan opening batsman.

While Misbah appears to be firmly in the saddle as captain in all three formats, Mohsin has been asked to accompany the team as interim coach for the “home” series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), vacating his position as chief selector.

Mohsin says he might even think of offering to stay on as coach if he enjoys his UAE stint. But the question is will Misbah and he succeed?

Mohsin says that nothing can go wrong as far as his dealings with Misbah are concerned.

Waqar, the former Test pacer, and Afridi were unable to get along well as both kept pressing for more say in team matters.

Mohsin, however, doesn’t foresee himself developing any such differences with Misbah. “I believe in giving people due respect,” he said.

“As a cricketer Misbah deserves to be treated with proper respect and I believe that if I do that he will reciprocate.

“The thing is that respect has to be mutual and if two parties do that then they are bound to develop a healthy working relationship.”

Misbah is 37, and generally at his age international cricketers are thinking of hanging up their boots. There is already a talk about the age factor, suggesting that Pakistan should be looking for a younger captain.

Mohsin doesn’t think so. “He (Misbah) may be 37 but he is one of the fittest cricketers in our country,” said Mohsin.

“I personally believe that if a player is fit enough to give his hundred percent and if he is contributing sufficiently to the team’s cause then age shouldn’t be an issue. Misbah is one such cricketer who has defied all odds and is giving his best.”

Mohsin is confident that his team is quite capable of winning the upcoming Test series, starting Oct 18.

The Sri Lankans may have top-class batsmen like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and a very decent bowling attack, but the Pakistan team is highly talented in all the departments. In batting, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Hafeez are solid and all-rounder Shoaib Malik’s experience will help the team a lot.

When it comes to bowling, Umar Gul is world class and with pacers, Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan they form a very effective pace attack.

Then spin twins Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman are world-class. (IANS)