Former Pak captains blame lack of scientific cricket structure for team's loss

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Karachi, Aug 4 (ANI): Pakistan's inconsistency has saddened former captains, who blame it on the absence of a scientific cricket structure in the country after the team suffered Tests and ODI defeats at hands of Sri Lanka.

Legendary all-rounder Imran Khan, who captained the team to the 1992 World Cup triumph and is now an active politician, said he wouldn't blame the players for the losses in Sri Lanka because they are the same set who won the World Twenty20 in June.

"There is no proper cricket structure in the country something on the lines of what Australia and England have. And that is hurting our players and our progress," the Dawn quoted Khan, as saying.

"There is no shortage of talent in Pakistan but the only need is to have a system where this talent is properly groomed to go onto play international cricket," he added.

Former captain Zaheer Abbas said Pakistan's existing cricket system; including domestic cricket and the board administration was outdated and needed to be revamped.

"There is no logic in the way Pakistan cricket affairs are being run at all levels. You need to have a strong system to produce good results. We need a batting coach in Sri Lanka and instead we have a bowling coach with the team," Zaheer said.

Zaheer pointed out that the same set of people were coming in and out of the board for the last so many years despite having failed to produce any results.

Former captain Aamir Sohail, who resigned last month as director of the national cricket academy after reported differences with the board Chairman, said nothing would improve in Pakistan cricket unless it was reorganised on scientific and logical lines. ohail said unless there was proper utilisation of human resources and strong leadership in the board, nothing would improve and Pakistan will continue to remain an inconsistent team.

Former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said there appeared to be no problem with the players selected for the Sri Lanka tour, but the problem was that the tour selection committee was playing the wrong combination all the time. (ANI)

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