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George Dobell in Abu Dhabi
January 29, 2012
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Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's interim coach, believes Misbah-ul-Haq's side has the ability to become the best team in the world following its second successive Test victory over England.
Pakistan's 72-run win in Abu Dhabi gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series over the No.1 Test side. It also meant that Pakistan had won four series in a row. Mohsin did warn, however, that England's struggles on Asian pitches illustrated how hard it can be for teams to adapt to a foreign environment and said Pakistan had "a lot to prove" in overseas conditions.
"I think this team has the capacity to become the world's best team," Mohsin said. "Our target should be to gradually come in the top three in both Tests and one-day cricket, and then gradually go to world number one.
"Now we have to perform when we play in other parts of the world. We have a lot to prove. When we go to England, our batsmen struggle against swing and seam bowling just as England struggle against spin. But give our bowlers credit: it needs skill to exploit rivals' weaknesses. Our spinners bowled well."
Mohsin also praised Misbah's leadership and credited the warm relationship between captain and coach as a key ingredient in Pakistan's success. "He is a very good captain," Mohsin said, "and I have a wonderful rapport with him. He gives me respect as coach and as his senior and I give him respect as captain, so it is a mutual thing.
"We make a game plan and take inputs from senior and junior players. Maybe a junior player has something good and wise to tell us. Misbah respects my experience and as coach it is my duty to support him as he is to make the team fight. He is doing that.
"When I became coach I knew that this team had talent in abundance. My first priority was to make them mentally and physically strong and that was on display when Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq batted. We won a lost match on Saturday and the kind of belief and self confidence this team has shown is great."
Mohsin's own future remains unclear. He was only appointed as interim coach after Waqar Younis stepped down in September 2011 and it is still anticipated that Dav Whatmore will win the position on a full time basis after the limited-overs section of the series against England is completed. The manner in which the Pakistan players lifted Mohsin upon their shoulders in the immediate aftermath of the victory in Abu Dhabi, however, spoke volumes for the high regard in which he is held by them.
"I am proud of my team and the moment when we won and then the players lifted me and celebrated the win, that was a joy to behold," Mohsin said. "It showed team spirit and the unity in joy. That was the biggest gift I can have from my players. Our actions are louder than words and I hope that this good work goes on and on."
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: George Dobell
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