Saeed Anwar to train Pak openers during special training camp

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Lahore, Dec. 26 (ANI): Former Pakistan Test opener Saeed Anwar would be organising a special training camp for the opening batsmen of the national squad soon after the team returns from Australia.

Anwar said he is keen to share his experience with the younger players through which he can contribute something the Pakistan cricket.

"I will hold this training camp for openers after I had discussions with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt who wanted me to help resolve this issue of the national team not having a pair of reliable openers or good back up," the former left-handed batsman said.

Commenting on the present set of openers, Anwar spoke high of Salman Butt, but added that all the rest batsmen needed improvement.

"To be a successful opener one must have a solid technique and the patience and application to play long innings," The Daily Times quoted Anwar, as saying.

Anwar, who had played 55 Tests and 247 one-day internationals, highlighted that Pakistan was not able to find a solid opening pair because players were not being given enough opportunities.

He also blamed the faulty domestic cricket set-up of the country for the poor technique of the players.

"I prospered as an opening batsman after my first international tour because I knew I had to improve my technique and mindset a lot to be successful in the long run," he said.

Commenting on the recent failures of the Pakistan middle-order, Anwar said the middle order batsmen have failed many times because they have been exposed to the new ball very early in the innings.

"Mohammad Yousuf is a case in point. He has come to bat so many times when the ball is still new. In comparison you look at Ricky Pointing whose biggest advantage is he comes to bat most of the time after good starts by Australian openers," he said. (ANI)

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