Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai January 20, 2012

'A boost to the nation' - Mohsin

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Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan interim coach, has said the three-day win over England was a major "boost to the nation" after a period marred by controversy, chiefly the spot-fixing scandal.

"There have been well documented and unwanted activities involving former Pakistani cricketers a couple of years ago which spoilt the name of Pakistan cricket and gave the nation of Pakistan a bad name," Mohsin told PakPassion.net. "Our aim was to turn that around, and to provide a boost to the nation and fans of Pakistan cricket, and to show the world that there is more to Pakistan cricket than just negatives. Cricket is not just a game in Pakistan; it's a way of life, it's a passion and the people adore cricket in Pakistan. So for that reason I feel the win today was a gift for the people of Pakistan.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board is working tirelessly to improve the image of Pakistan cricket and to bring normality back to Pakistan cricket. Likewise this group of players can play an important role in improving the image of Pakistan cricket, by playing tough cricket and winning consistently and therefore showing the world that Pakistani cricketers are among the best in the world and that Pakistan is amongst the best teams in the world."

Pakistan won by 10 wickets, skittling England out for 192 and 160. They picked up five wickets in the first session of the first day, and Mohsin said that played a decisive role. "We were pleased when England decided to bat first as we knew there would be something in the pitch for our bowlers, particularly in the first hour due to the moisture. Our plan was to create early pressure in the first session and to take full advantage of the conditions, and that worked to our satisfaction. We had an early grip on the game and I told the boys to not let that advantage go and to maintain that pressure and not ease up at all. The first session was ultimately pivotal in the outcome of the match."

England had few answers against offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who was Man of the Match for bagging 10 wickets. Mohsin dismissed questions raised in some quarters about his action. "I'm not worried about the comments regarding Ajmal's action and neither is Saeed. You do find some people in the media who try to create a few unwanted things which should be kept away from cricket, but then again when we came to the UAE there were questions from some of the media directed to Misbah and myself about the issues in 2010 in England.

"Our response was simple and was that we are just here to play good positive cricket and nothing more than that."

The second Test will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 25. "Shortly after the match finished today we had a team meeting where we all discussed the importance of not being complacent and maintaining our focus for the second Test match in Abu Dhabi," Mohsin said.

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  • JG2704 on January 23, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno on (January 20 2012, 17:51 PM GMT) - re "How long before English media and players declare that Test cricket is evil and should be banned?! " - And how long before you learn to respect players who gave your team some royal thrashings in this format of the game within the last 9 months?

  • dummy4fb on January 23, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Hopefully Pak batting can get themselves together and improve on their technique a little more. Granted, they have improved, but still further improvement is needed. Because their bowling has been strong as far back as i can remember. However, England will be hurt by the manner of that defeat and will be charged up for the next test match so Pak will also have to raise their game as England are still the strongest Test nation. Come on Pak!

  • dummy4fb on January 22, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    How much better would it be for Pakistan if they could beat England and play within the laws of cricket. Something eminently possible. For those who don't know, the laws of cricket still prohibit throwing actions and the current playing regulation that permits such a thing has more to do with political appeasement than it does with the game itself. A straight arm has been good enough for 120 years so why change it now and only for first class and international matches? All the time it remains it will be a stain on achievements the Pakistan team may well be able to make anyway. Let's not forget they are a very talented side.

  • Urajapakse on January 22, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. It was a great win,You always had some great cricketers. hats off to you Moshin for the motivation. I still remember your 200 at lords. It is nice to see Pakistan wining when both Sri Lanka & India are loosing to their opponents presently.

    We need all three ASIAN GIANTS to dominate world cricket, best of luck for the remaining matches. TIGERS.

  • mazdonal on January 21, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    I almost dread the possibility of Saeed Ajmal being named as the MVP in any match, because if he has to give an interview the moment he opens his mouth, what pours out of his mouth is pure gibberish. Commntators must insists that he stick to Urdu for his comments.

  • dummy4fb on January 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Great team performance by Pakistan. I would however replace Aizaz Cheema with Junaid or Wahab in the next game (Cheema was ok but you do need a left arm pacer as well + England have many left-handed batsmen). Would prefer Wahab because he can bat a bit as well. not sure if he is match fit though having not played international cricket for > 6 months now

    I w'd also replace Asad Shafiq with Umar Akmal.

  • aarke on January 21, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    it sounds good well done

  • dummy4fb on January 21, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Wonderful win by Pakistan. Full marks to them. Among all the problems that nation faces, they are coming our victorious. Excellent effort from these talented bunch of cricketers from neighboring nation. Keep it up. Pakistan should thrash England 3-0 should not allow this strong England to come back.

  • Sports4Youth on January 21, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Boost is good, but do not get carried away. because of Petersen, Bell , Cook get going then they can be impossible to get out specially on these flat pitches.

  • AhmadSaeed on January 21, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan, we should not be very complaisant on such performance. we have to win the test series 3-0. that should be the target. Eng are under pressure definitely. Now it time for coach and captain to formalize the strategy for taking advantage of this situation. Lets forget the 1st test and move to the 2nd one.

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