Pakistan news February 18, 2014

Important to eradicate fear of failure - Moin


On his first day in office, Moin Khan, Pakistan's new head coach, said one of the main differences he wants to make is to eradicate the "fear of failure" from the team.

Pakistan's one-day squad for the Asia Cup kicked off its preparation at the Gaddafi Stadium with Moin. In the last six months, he has also served as the manager of the national team and with the new role, he looks determined to maintain the continuity, but with a different approach.

"What I observed in the team was that there has been the fear of failure and that is very important to be taken out," Moin said. "I was the manager and it was a different role but I have benefited from it. After staying with the team, I have seen the technical problems of the players, know their psyche as well. Now I am quite confident that with the tenure I have we will work hard with the players.

"We should have consistency in team selection so that players serve the nation for eight to 10 years. As such there are not many drastic changes I will instate as Dav [Whatmore] has done very well. Time management is a very important aspect we have adopted from Dav and we will try to be proactive. I can't say that Pakistan will win every match, but in every match you will see Pakistan putting a good fight."

Pakistan have lifted two Asia Cups till now. The first success came under Moin's captaincy in 2000 and the second under present captain Misbah-ul-Haq in 2012. Since both of them will be traveling to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup, Moin said the current combination is capable of defending the title.

"My task is to win the tournament, you will see a positive attitude and positive body language," Moin said. "I know this team is capable of winning the Asia Cup again. No doubt our bowling has done well as compared to batting but I hope we achieve a balance. We are capable of doing that with new players like Sohaib Maqsood, Sharjeel [Khan], Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal is at No. 6, this combination is very good. The more consistent we will be, it will give more confidence to the players."

Moin was preferred over the more experienced Waqar Younis, but for Moin, not having coached at international level is not a barrier. He was appointed coach for the Asia Cup and the World T20, a move which was criticised by Wasim Akram, who said Moin should have been given a longer tenure to maintain consistency.

"I don't have a problem with the short tenure as head coach, it's all performance related and if the cricket board believes, I will get an extension," Moin said. "If I am not able to get an extension, I do believe that someone good will come and produce good results in the future too.

"With all due respect I don't have any competition [with Waqar] in my mind but whatever capacity I have, I will do my best to contribute, naturally if players do well it will be considered. Even though we have a blame culture we will try not to develop it in the team."

On not considering Younis Khan for the one-day squad, Moin said it was a unanimous decision and not just of the captain or coach. "I can't pinpoint anyone [for overlooking Younis]," Moin said. "Whatever we decide, we decide with the combination of the team, we can't pinpoint when it's a unanimous decision. There's no doubt about Younis, but right now we are taking this combination forward and if Younis performs continuously and there's any gap in the team he could easily fill it and make a comeback."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    my 11 for asia cup would have been:

    1: ahmed 2:sarfraz 3:younis 4:fawaad 5:misbah 6:sohaib 7:shahid 8:gul 9:sami 10ajmal 11:talha (anwar, bhati, junaid, zulfqar, harris sohail.)

    (is hafeez better than younis khan?) (have you forgotten the inning of sarfraz in last asia cup? if he wouldnt there you wouldnt won the title, have you forgot the inings of him in last test match? ) (you have just selected fawaad, but im sure he will not play in 11. then why have u select him?) (sami is the fastest bowler in domestic, how can you forget him?)

    you can make the 2nd shift team and play them 1:nasir jamshed 2:sharjeel khan 3: babar azam 4:usman sallahudin 5:harris sohail 6: umar amin 7:hammad azam 8: ali khan 9: wahab riaz 10: ehsan adil 11: raza hassan (usman qadir, shazeb hassan, umar waheed M.rizwan )

  • Mohammed Athar on February 21, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Pakistan will win if they re-call Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzak....

  • Mohammed Athar on February 21, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    I think Hafeez shall be removed from the team, I did not see his performance in world cup matches, Razzak shall brought back to the team as caption....

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    Very well said Moin. Good luck and hope you can bring in a change like Australia have.

  • Shahid on February 20, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    yes agree with you that we need a series in NZ or AUS but keep in mind that they will tour pakistan at neutral venue like UAE on the end of this year so no chances of pakistan to tour NZ

  • faiz on February 20, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    malik and kamran are a step backwards. there is no place and they can influence team harmony.

  • Jawwad on February 20, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    @OverDcovers - Out of all that rubbish you made one great point that Misbah and Hafeez have never played in Australia where the next ODI WC is being staged. PCB should immediately look to arrange a series with NZ in NZ and I think they have requested one already.

  • aziz on February 19, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Mohammad Hafeez has been giving one excuse after the other. Another new excuse, this time of losing Mohammad Irfan This shows a defensive attitude, he is giving a ready made excuse if case he loses. The team is not selected on merit. Sarfaraz proved his worth after Adnan Akmal got injured but he is again dropped in favor of Akmal brothers.

  • Android on February 19, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    who will you guys drop for younas khan if selected? shoaib maqsood? younas has not played a t20i for years and odi for a year or so. just because he has been good in a domestic even doesnt mean we need to go a year back. he was not performing and then dropped. he retired from t20 but took it back but never considered again. team is doing ok. the main issue is who will not be in playing 11 if younas is playing? now be realistic instead of saying hafeez or miabah as we all know, no matter what we want they will be playing. so that leaves only shoaib maqsood. so would you drop maqsod for younas in odis?

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    He sounds positive but the inclusion of Malik and Akmal is a step backwards. This will definitely demoralize the youngsters. They were already finished when whatmore wanted them to play and and then again Misbah was in favor of old horses but time and again it has been proved that Farhat and akmals and maliks have done no good to the Pakistan team. So, Moin should learn from the past experiences. All i know about Moin is that he is a fighter but he was always in the news for making lobbies in the team. We will have to wait n see how he works to improve the guys technically.

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