PCB needs to handle issues with more care, opines Mohsin Khan

Mohsin Khan said he has no grudges against anyone in PCB AFP

Karachi, Mar 7, 2012

Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan believes that under new coach Dav Whatmore the national team has the potential to improve further and continue their upward graph in world cricket.

“I don’t know why we lost the one-day and T20 series to England. I couldn’t put a finger on it, but that is now history. If the board has appointed a new coach fine, but I believe this team will still move upwards because of the immense talent we have at our disposal,” Mohsin said in an interview.

The former Test player, who served as chief selector and also as interim coach from 2010 onwards, said he had thoroughly enjoyed his stint with the national team.

“It was very disappointing to lose the one-day series to England. But otherwise it was a great experience. There was great fighting spirit in the team and the players played like a fighting unit in the Test series,” Mohsin said.

Mohsin said he had no grudges against anyone after the PCB had replaced him as Pakistan coach.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board did what it thought best for the team. It is their decision to bring in a foreign coach. But I just feel that in future the board needs to handle things with more care and feelings,” he said.

“I have no grouse with their decision. I just feel they could have had the changeover in a better manner,” he added.

Mohsin said he knew during the second Test against England that the PCB had signed a contract with Whatmore.

“But my job was to keep the team focused and extract the best performances from the players. I must say the team management and players cooperated a lot with me in this regard and this was obvious in the way we won the second and third Tests,” he said.

Although Mohsin did not confirm or deny but sources say that he had infact put his foot down before the team left for UAE for the England series as Whatmore had expressed a desire to visit the team for the England series.

“Mohsin took a stand and made it clear that until he was coach he would not like to have anyone else near the team,” the source said.

Mohsin refused to divulge on the issue but stated that while the forthcoming Asia Cup would be a tough contest against India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, he believed Pakistan has the potential to beat any side.

“The time I was with the team as coach I just kept on working on their mental strength and self belief.”

Mohsin conceded that he had no problems working with the PCB again, provided they offer him an assignment that was according to his standing and stature.

“Whatever I do I want to do with respect and grace.” (PTI)