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

Mohsin hints at wanting to coach Pakistan full time

David Hopps

January 28, 2012

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Mohsin Khan has a chat with Misbah-ul-Haq during a training session, Dubai, January, 21, 2012
Pakistan have had success under Misbah-ul-Haq as captain and Mohsin Khan as coach © AFP

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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Posted by   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 ...

Posted by suniljoseph 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.

Posted by MN-USA 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.

Posted by LillianThomson 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!

Posted by MN-USA 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.

Posted by LillianThomson 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.

Posted by Sports4Youth 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.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho 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?

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 0:25 GMT)


Posted by Cricket_theBestGame 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!

Posted by deconstruct on (January 29, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

The role of a coach is exaggerated by the media in a sport like cricket where its the captain who has to act as chief strategist and master tactician. Having said that, the captain needs a coach who helps him in absorbing the pressure and keeping the morale high. This is where Mohsin appears to be doing a good role. More than anything else, Misbah gets along with him very well. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT!

Posted by badboyblue on (January 29, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

I really liked Mohsin as a player back in the late 70s/mid 80s - a solid opener he was with Mudasser Nazar in a very good Pakistan team back then. What this man has done as a coach for Pakistan is amazing in the last year or so. All credit is due to him and the captain making this current Pakistan team into a decent outfit. It would be extremely dumb to replace with Dav Whatmore. Yes I still feel Pakistan need to improve more in the batting department but it's going the right way. I urge PCB not to remove him as a coach

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

If Pakistan picks Whatmore Indians should consider Mohsin and Akram with a pick of young players drafted in...I am sure these guys can talk and relate to the young ones and Aakram will have a great influence on the bowlers like Aaaron and Yadav and Abu Nichem to the mix it will be fun even if Indians lose a few games

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

I dont care how and why things are working. But they are thats why i support him as caoch and cheif selector.

Posted by Muhammad_Zahid on (January 29, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

After a long time pakistan cricket have found a best coach which suited to these guys

Posted by Dardemund on (January 29, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Australia, South Africa & Pakistan are top of the list just because of their own Coaches as simple as that. The others who have "imported" lots are struggling, replacing and cursing. So, PCB, don't ever think to replace Mohsin Khan if you want to be on Top of All. Moreover, he can teach Urdu-to-English-Urdu to players better than anyone else, however, in any unavoidable circumstances you may have few more indigenous Coaches available, ex-stock. Believe in yourselves as your players, umpires and your Coaches are second to none in the world of Cricket. UFA Dar

Posted by IshaqMalik on (January 29, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

About Spot Fixing, why don't you start with yourself David?, stop talking about it, or is it too good a spice to be left out of your articles?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Why to pay more to a foreign coach when your own local coach is doing a fab job. With new coach the rythm will break & you never now what will happen. So stick to same combination. PCB has to take a call & you don'nt know what money factor is in involved. So let time decide ...

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

it is a good team effort - Team is very consistent after clean up operation. butts and Asif kicked out.... team is performing good in test from last 2-3 years - our nation view will change, once they play one day against good team .... .... in my view any one can captain or coach winning side ..... Afridi did so well in WC ..... New management PCB helped .... Misbah is the one who is responsible for WC semi ....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

why to look here and there, he should get the job and local coach is always a good option....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

What my suggestion wolud be he should be there in coach patnel ,but pak definitely need a batting coach !!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Still not support mohsin coz if he is there is a chance of making lobby for himself...

Posted by ALATIFUSMAN on (January 29, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

well at this present hour everything is going right but one has to remember that the hard work was done by Waqar Younus. So lets not get carried away. Anyway Mohsin Khan has proven to be a VERY Selector so Make him Chief Selector and mentor of Pak Cricket Acadmies.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Mohsin Khan deserves to be coach.... how bout if we use Dav Whatmore as batting coach or something?

Posted by ajayrcs on (January 29, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Mohsin Khan real test will be in series against India and Australia. I don't see any harm to Pakistan Cricket with him being permanent till now.I still think they missed Afraidi.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Any one good reason for the removal of Mohsin khan as a coach...

Posted by nafdan on (January 29, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

yes when he wants give him, he is proving and his team is improving day by day and working wonders... jus give up ur egos for the sake of ur country...

Posted by KarachiKid on (January 29, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Lot of people have been saying in the past that Mohsin is just reaping the benefits of what Waqar Sowed. No doubt Waqar did an excellent job- not to take anything away from him. However, this latest win against world number 1 team on back of 7 or 8 test wins in last two years, cannot be a fluke. There is defnitely something about Mohsin, Misbah and the team that is clicking big time. Mohsin has done a fantastic job primarily because this kind of sustained success (not a one off) cannot be purely by chance. We should stick with Mohsin and Misbah till next world cup.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Please continue with the winning combination. The winning combination is not just the batting or bowling for Pakistan at the moment, it is the overall discipline that is getting the best out of every player in the team. And this discipline is a collective realization inculcated by Mohsin Khan. Therefore, it would be absurd to change the coach now and push the team into realigning itself with all new, non-pakistani coach.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

He is good PCB must give him contract his is doing perfectly good job well done Mohsin!

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 29, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Australia has BOTH Arthur AND Rixon. New Zealand has BOTH Wright AND Buchanan. Why can't Pakistan retain Mohsin Khan as team supremo and chairman of selectors and add Dav Whatmore as first team coach?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

yeah!!! they (Mohsin & Mishbah) convinced us... they both deserve the postitions, they have right now

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Please KEEP Mr.Mohsin Khan as a permanent coach!!! *Believe in YOU! *Go for YOUR dream! *Show YOUR talents! *Feel the success!

Posted by Mujji_28 on (January 29, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

I think Mohsin has kept all the players together and making good strategies. Players are responding to him and he has taken the team to new heights of success. He should be made permanent coach of Pakistan cricket. Bringing foreign coach can become language barrier for players and paying huge amount to a foreign coach (15000-18000 $) would not be benificial for Pakistan cricket

Posted by Vindaliew on (January 29, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

It doesn't matter if Pakistan collapsed and lost the match - the atmosphere with Pakistan at the moment alone is worth persevering with Mohsin for. It's been a long time since Pakistan supporters really felt that their team was trying very hard and doing their best as a united team. That is worth far more than a test victory here and there, although that is also important. Why change something that is working so well?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

yes, it is true that Mohosin did a great job but I think Whatmore is the best choice .... because Pakistan is succeed at AbuDhabi but not in Australia, England & even in India. They will win those country pitch but need a high profile coach which only have Whatmore not Mohosin.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Despite the great vicotry, I still do not think that Mohsin should stay. He should gracefully go as he was appointed as an interim coach. Having said that, doors of coaching Pakistan should not be close for him. I think, he still needs to flourish his skills. As history tells that no one stays as a coach for long period of time, with Pak team. What Mohsin should do that he should keep his otehr job(Chairman Selection Committee) but at teh same time, he should enhance his skills by learning modern coaching techniques.He should then intend to return as a more powerful and knowledgable coach. He would already have 4-4 series' wins on his resume, which would help him to make hsi candidature strong for the coaching job. Just an advise. PK Cric Lover :)

Posted by doncl on (January 29, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

If PAK don't make him their full time coach that will be a big mistake. May be my team Sri Lanka should fire Ford and give the job to Moshin.

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 29, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

Very delicate for the PCB. Mohsin was a great Chairman of Selectors and has done a sound job on wickets which the batsmen can thrive on. But I doubt that he can lead them to victory in South Africa twelve months from now, especially when you recall his failures as a batsman in Australia in 1983-84 on bouncy tracks. My preference would be to see Mohsin as Chairman of Selectors with a beefed up role as team supremo home and away, with Whatmore as Head Coach but subordinate to Mohsin. That way they could work as a team, with Mohsin there as mentor for the players and Whatmore free to work on their technical failings and match strategy.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

Nothing left for mohsin to prove.If conclusively not appointed permanently then PCB will prove either they haven't enough knowledge on cricket psychology or they never want good for pakistan tim.

Posted by Mel-waas on (January 29, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

Mohsin has played a major role firstly as a selector & then as a couch. Selecting & persisting with this side from the ruins of 2010 summer was a master stroke. And he has done wonders as a couch on top of that. He has even won over hard to manage guys like Afridi. Seriously PCB needs to wake up, Pakistan does not need Dav Whatmore at this point (with all due to respect to Whatmore)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Mohsin Khan should stay on as hes proving to be a motivator and a father figure.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Very Good Article : Mr HoppS

Posted by pak1268 on (January 28, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

At the end of day 3 no English pundits on Sky or radio gave pakistan a chance.....look who's laughing now.

Posted by mensan on (January 28, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

Full credit to Misbah for bringing stability to the team. Also I praise Mohsin Khan and his predecessor Waqar Younis. They have both done well and assisted Misbah in making this very average looking team (thankfully with no superstar) into a fighting unit.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Mohsin Khan is one of the best coach for Pakistan so far,this would be stupidity to replace him with some one who may not have the experience to interact in a local way. Let Mohsin do his job, He has vast experience in different aspect of the game.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

Mohsin should be the permanent coach

Posted by haq33 on (January 28, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Evidently, Mohsin's "loving" telling-off worked great on Asad Shafiq. Andy could go one better and do it with flowers.

Posted by KashifMuneer on (January 28, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

Mohsin deserves the job on a full-time basis. Why employ a foreign coach when a local person who speaks the same language and can explain his tactics better than a non-Urdu speaking person. It would be a travesty.

My plea to Zaka Ashraf and other board officials is to set politics aside and do what is right for Pakistan cricket which is to keep the winning formula of Mohsin Khan.

What qualifications is Zaka talking about when he says Mohsin is not qualified? Last I heard you did not need a degree in Astro-Physics to be a cricket coach.

Posted by Cricket_Live on (January 28, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Can someone please tell Mohsin that he has nothing to do with the success pakistan has for over a year now. I have never seen anyone more self-centered in internaltional cricket than Mohsin. He selected Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali, big deal because he was chairman selecter. Does he even think to compare himself to the likes of Dave Whatmore? Its about time, people like Mohsin needs to think in the longer benefit of Pakistan cricket rather taking a stake in success that hardly belongs to any of his actions. If he thinks that he has qualities that can unite and progress the team than he must find a title for it rather then depriving a well deserving team from a top ranking coach (Dave Whatmore). Reminds me of people like Wasim Bari who has never left pakistan cricket baord and has moved from role-to-role till no role was left to hide under. Pakistan team is a working hard to prove it to the world so it absolutely doesnt make any difference if mohsin was there or not.

Posted by riskier_lovely on (January 28, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

I m a big fan of Mohsin s approach. He is just giving confidence to boys & they r performing. I dont think any player at international level need a coach, they just need a helper, who can help them making their technic sound. I will be a great shame, if PCB goes for a foreign coach. I really canĀ“t understand, how u can change a successfull man. He knows the Pakistani culture, mind set of our players, & most of all boys r giving him utmost respect. If records r something, then I think he is one of the most successfull coaches of Pakistan. PLZZZ, PCB, make this interim coach, the FULL TIME coach.

Posted by PAK-92 on (January 28, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Why split a successful combination? Sure Mohsin Khan didn't start off the recovery over 18 months ago, Waqar Younis did, but he has done a wonderful job. Dav Whatmore who?

Posted by M-S-R on (January 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Hope this kind of personal ambition is not putting the seed for future conflict.......!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

Mohsin deserves the job. Not appoiting him as a chief coach would a big injustice!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

i think it would be brilliant if mohsin khan will be a full time coach. team is doing fine just let them like they are today. dont change things...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

very well said by Misbah good quality test match these teams have provided

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

U r a really good coach. I support u. Keep goin' Pakistan! Should be a regular coach for our team, and u are the best choice.

Posted by Crikoot on (January 28, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

Congratulations PCB,Mohsin Khan,Misbah and the entire Pakistan team. I would also like to congratulate Imran Khan who raised the standard of Cricket of Pakistan. He should have been included in the so called all time world eleven as captain - all rounder.

Posted by Revington on (January 28, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

I am sick and tired of Indian posters trying to dominate the various articles during the England and Pakistan series comparing their teams abject surrender in Australia to England losing on the subcontinent. Nice try but no cigar. No comparison. Pakistan have been made to play overseas albeit on similar pitches in dubai for the last two years have most of their best players not available but have gelled into a unit. The spot fixing case was the best thing to have happened to them. It made them try their best and play as a unit.

England at least fought hard and almost won the abu dhabi test. Shafiqs missed runout turned it around. HOwever, credit to Pakistan as they never lost their belief and will to win . They fought hard when others would have surrendered. India have all the sponsorships their precious IPL, their batting legends yet got humiliated 8-0 by both england and aus. Deal with that criticise your own team rather than the english.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

If Mohsin Khan is not selected as the coach, the PCB will once again prove that it is Prejudice agaisnt its own. Please stop suppressing your own and allow foreigners to ruin your nation Mr. Ashraf! WAKE UP! What possible qualification does a guy like Mohsin Khan needs? Please let common sense prevail. The youngsters are clearly very happy and comfortable playing under the current regime. So why do you want to rock the boat is beyond beggars belief!

Posted by khurramsch on (January 28, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

well few days or weeks ago i wasnt too keen for mohsin as coach BUt now i think PCB should keep him . what i read in media is that DAV will b batting & head coach . PCB can keep him as batting & keep mohsin as head or keep both .he has done a good job.

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (January 28, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Typical Pakistani thought...when Pak team wins, people like him are their to take the credit of success..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:36 GMT)


Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

love you boys for this excellent victory......where is that guy who said pakistan is having "3rd class" attack ?? now see what our "3rd Class" attack is capable of !!!!! Even Bob willis said this pakistani attack was unplayable today !!! Future is very bright for pakistan and the way this team is going up i am sure it will gain No.1 position......and shame on FTP for not giving much test matches to pakistan !!! if you give us same number of matches as you do to india & australia then surely you will see the difference !!!! And i give full credit to 2 young players Azhar Ali & Asad Shafiq for their mature innings under pressure !!! and who can forget spectacular saeed ajmal and unplayable Abdur Rehman ??? THANK YOU BOYS FOR THIS HAPPINESS YOU GAVE TO US TODAY !!! LOVE YOU !!!

Posted by Mohson on (January 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Having watched Mohsin KHANS post match interview, I was throughly impressed with the way he has conducted himself. We have had some wonderful coaches including the late Bob Woolmer and Geoff Lawson who have bought their own experiences and no doubt Pakistan have been better players because of it. With Mohsin Khan, we appear to have someone who knows how to harness a talented set of players. I dont for one minute think Misbah has been able to harness the team single handedly. With coach and captain now, we have a team that can play and fight. We are not good enough outside the sub continent to be truly competitve. What I mean is we can do well in the odd game, but by that time we are truly beaten. I have been impressed with Pakistans results more recently given the trauma we have suffered with Butt and team. Mohsin Khan is cricket focused, Pakistan focused, team orientated and shows a level of intelligence and respect one needs to have at this level. Most importantly, he has belief!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

One more politics issue started..again its one more strong indication of downfall..I hope Pak will continue with Mohsin khan

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

I Think he should be the permanent coach he knows the players really well he's the best choice even do he's not a qualified coach

Posted by atifk on (January 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

He is a better suited candidate for the post than Whatmore.

Posted by trinibay on (January 28, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Come on have a good thing going why make a mess of it.. Keep Mohshin as coach..The guy has done a good job..He can relate to the players and he understands the Pakistani logic..You dont want to bring a foreigner to upset the combination of Misbah and Mohshin.. good job guys...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

"The confidence our team has gained in the last 18 months is also a big factory. " Read the sentence again Hopps. You may find an error

Posted by donda on (January 28, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Amazing feeling, i think replacing Mohsin with some other coach will be worse decision in Pakistan cricket history. Today Pakistan won their top 5 victory in test cricket of their history and won the series too. What else PCB wants from a coach and captain. They are playing the best cricket in the world beating #1 team in the world and winning a stunning match.

Mohsin should stay as full time coach and he did a great job when he was chief selector, he picked the team on performance basis and not on name sake.

Great job Mohsin , you are the man.

Posted by SaleemSabir on (January 28, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Mohsin said to me after the first match that Inshallah we will the Series and i replied we will inshallah and You will Stay as the Coach...... time has proved him right, he might not be seen in the ground running around with Players or doing analysis on the Laptop, but he is doing waht is needed to lift the Pakistan team it is always the mental toughness and the believe that we can do it ...... and he has given it to this team, hats off to Mohsin, Misbah, Ijaz, Aaqib and all the other staff with the team, PCB Please do not change this combination as it seems to be working well for Pakistan....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

best of luck pak team . And now u need to focus on white wash world no:1 team . Pakistaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan zinabadddddddddddd . . . . . . . . .

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

well he can be given a chance for another year because team is well settled under him

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Mohsin's after match interview showed him to be an exceptional man, full of calmness and realism. Exactly what the emotional, excitable Pakistani side needs to take them forward. Hype doesn't help in a mind game like cricket, calmness and composure is the basis of playing well. For what he has done he should be given a chance to continue.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

use umar akmal as opner ahead of taufeeq ...wat u think guyes give ur suggation on this..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Very emotional win for Pakistan, mashallah. I am so proud of these guys, when they won I was in tears but what a way to go about their cricket the way they have despite all thats happened in Pak and Pak cricket. I've always wanted Pak to play well win or lose, and Pak are playing well!! May they continue to play well for the future! :)

Posted by Amit416 on (January 28, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

He is doing a good job for pakistan right now..he should be considered for full time job.

Posted by mars2009 on (January 28, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Yeah Mohsin is right, at this level you can't fixed players techniques. All you need a mentor, a strategic mind. One who can talk freely with Pakistani players who feel shy to express themselves quite easily as majority of them belongs to poor families. On the other hand David Whatmore can coach player of under 15-17-19 to correct their techniques. As Pakistan needs couple of good batsman to be on top of world cricket. They have good fast bowlers and very good spin bowlers.

All the best Pakistan cricket team.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Mohsin will be good for pakistan....

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