Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day January 28, 2012

Mohsin hints at wanting to coach Pakistan full time


Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's interim coach, has dropped a veiled hint that he would like to be formally considered for the coaching job on a permanent basis after Pakistan beat England by 72 runs in Abu Dhabi and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Moshin and his captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, have been widely acclaimed for bringing stability and contentment to a Pakistan dressing room so often riven by conflict, but while Pakistan have added England to their list of scalps in their adopted home in the UAE, the PCB has been openly engaged in finding Mohsin's successor.

Dav Whatmore is widely viewed as the favourite for the job. He met with board officials in Lahore a fortnight ago immediately after Mohsin left for the UAE with the Pakistan squad. He was taken to the National Cricket Academy and held talks with the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf. An appointment is predicted at the end of the one-day series.

Mohsin, asked directly whether he wanted the job full-time after adding a series win against England to successes against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, gave a cryptic reply. "What Mohsin Khan is today is because of Pakistan and Pakistan cricket," he said. "My services are always there for my country but I don't want anybody to take me for granted.

"People were saying that performing well against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was nothing great, okay agreed, but to perform against England, whether they are No. 1 or not, is always creditable."

If Mohsin does not gain the job full time, he at least expects his candidature to be taken seriously. He took temporary charge earlier this year after Waqar Younis stood down for health reasons. He was among the 30 people who applied for the job, but Ashraf reportedly said he was not qualified to assume the role on a full-time basis.

Mohsin also said he had been the chief advocate of the selection of Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali, two young players whose maturity in Pakistan's second innings set up their platform for victory in Abu Dhabi.

"I was the one who selected them because a year and a half back when I became chairman of the selection committee we picked up these two youngsters and I felt they were very talented," he said. "All the credit goes to the boys because they played well under tough conditions.

"We were hoping for a lead around 225 or 230 but we finished up with much less than that. But I have a lot of belief in these players of mine. I said to my boys if we play proper and disciplined cricket we can get them for 100. It was to give a morale-booster to the boys. I think England went a little bit on the defence, though I am not telling them what they should have done."

Pakistan yearn for the time when they can stage home Tests again but in a curious way perhaps neutral territory has suited them. Had they gone 1-0 up in Pakistan the temptation would have been to try and create two dead pitches to escape with draws in the last two Tests. Instead, the Sheikh Zayed pitch provided a compelling contest and Pakistan emerged victorious.

"Whenever you play in conditions you are not used to, you face some difficulties," Misbah said. "When we go to England there are difficulties for us. The confidence our team has gained in the last 18 months is also a big factory. They now believe in themselves.

"Any team batting last on this surface would find it difficult. The way the ball was turning it was hard to play the spinners, so we thought 'we can put pressure on England, let's have a try.' Just bowl wicket to wicket, that is the key here. Some balls were turning, some skidding on and it was really difficult for the batsmen to guess what was happening."

Pakistan used to be forever asked about spot-fixing. Now they are forever asked if it time to stop talking about spot-fixing. Cricket will not forget so easily but Misbah is convinced that it is time to move on. "It should be," he said. "Just concentrate on what is happening now. Both teams are playing good cricket in a good atmosphere. Nothing is happening. That's really good for cricket."

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    its d best combination pakistan is goin through with mohsi khan he put all new players in last 2 years when he was cheif selector except 2 or 3 players which include afridi misbah umer gul saeed ajmal but younis (once dropped becoz of bad performance) haffez get chace in 3 series regular as well as asad shafiq abdur rehman wahab riaz junaid khan azhar ali these guyz din perform in first series but tey was givin chance agaian to prove themself nd i think all players know that if they wont perform they ll be siitin outside becoz ther another 1 sittin outside 2 replace them nd mohsin khan was d 1 who was talkin about d backup from d day 1 when he was appointed as cheif selector nd as a coach he is doin again a lovely job nd d main thing is that all senior nd juniors r happily performing wid him witout any critis so ther not any objection removing him ...

  • SUNIL on January 30, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    mohsin should be a full time coach atleast till the wc 2015. in this way all the boys will get enough time to learn under the man who can teach them in their langauge and can also teach them english language. pcb why do you forget that language barrier is a big problem in pakistan. so local coach is the solution for our country.

  • Ijaz on January 30, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @ Thomas Cherian.....BCCI and a Pakistani must be kidding. An egoesticboard like BCCI would never ever consider a pakistani (talent) to be their team coach. They have never learnt lesson from Engla tour and will not learn anything from the current results from Australian tour as well. The big bosses are happy with all the money they are making from IPL and other resources. Indian players are happy making $million from these resources......Nothing is gonna change untill Indian fans start ransaking BCCI.

  • David on January 30, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Younger readers might be interested to hear of Mohsin's playing career. In 1982, Pakistan emerged as the only challenger to the West Indies. They had two bowling geniuses - Imran Khan's pace and Abdul Qadir's legspin. Their batting was the template for India's flat-track bullies: Mohsin, Mudassar, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas scored huge totals in the subcontinent, but all apart from the Packer Supertest successes (Imran and Miandad) struggled to score runs in England and Australia. Mohsin, like Imran Khan, was an impossibly handsome figure who just added to the glamour of the team, in a way in which only MS Dhoni has since. they were a superb team, but with a flaw in their away batting and with mediocre support figures. Imran's later team of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis is now better remembered, but the team which included Mohsin is arguably more findly remembered. Certainly by English and Aussie women who swooned at Imran and Mohsin!

  • Ijaz on January 30, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    I think better part of credit goes to Waqar who put in the foundation of team pakistan. He kept his head cool while all sort of controversies were going around in 2010. Waqar instilled the team spirit and fighting spirirt among tha pakistani players. I personally wouls prefer Watmore to be the next coach as he would be more effective in bringing the cricket back to pakistan. Mohsin can do a better job (if he still wishes to help out pakistan team) as chief selector....just my two cents of thoughts.

  • David on January 30, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    I'm surprise that no-one has corrected my criticism of Mohsin's batting in Australia in 83-84, which I feel makes it hard for him to equip the batters technically for touring South Africa in twelve months. In the drawn maches on easy wickets, Mohsin's scores were 2 and 37 at Brisbane 149 at sleepy Adelaide, and 152 and 3 on a featherbed at the MCG. But in the two defeats on lively tracks he scored 8 and 24 at Perth and 14 and 1 at Sydney. That was the series where Pakistan hoped to complete their rise to World Number 1 ahead of the West Indies, but with Imran unable to bowl, Sarfraz at home due to a vendetta and Wasim Akram one year from his amazing debut they couldn't score enough runs for their enfeebled bowling to defend. I like Mohsin, and he's good for the team as Head Coach and Chairman of Selectors. But an Australian batting coach would work wonders for them.

  • Cricket on January 30, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Dear Mohsin Khan, This trend of Pak victories was not started by you. It was there before you took over. Infact the credit should go to Misbah and all the players for their determination and hard worlk.

  • Nasser on January 30, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    David's point is very valid. Pakistan might have prepared dead pitches after the first test win, had they been playing the series in Pakistan, in order to ensure a series win. But I would have thought that they could have done the same in UAE too as it was their "home" territory? Pakistan must select the best coach and nationality is irrelevant. However, there are pros and cons in any decision and all factors would need to be weighed up with no room for politics allowed. The one big advantage of a Pakistani coach is the communication factor which is a combination of both language and culture. Further, why change a winning combination of coach, captain, and team?

  • Dummy4 on January 30, 2012, 0:25 GMT


  • adeel on January 29, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    i must say i was a little skeptical of mohsin as a coach.but he showed that its not about laptops, analysis til the cows come home etc. he showd its about getting players to work together and believed in themselves. i'm afraid if dav whatmore comes in we'll have the high tech coaching back and it will ruin for the current team.. keep mohsin for as long as possible. don't mess with the winning formula. pls!

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