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Important to eradicate fear of failure - Moin

Umar Farooq

February 18, 2014

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Shahid Afridi and team manager Moin Khan share a lighter moment during training, Sharjah, October 29, 2013
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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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Posted by   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 )

Posted by Mustafa7861 on (February 21, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

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

Posted by Mustafa7861 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....

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

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

Posted by ShahidAzizMughal 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

Posted by fkhawaja on (February 20, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

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

Posted by Desihungama 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.

Posted by spellbinder76 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.

Posted by   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?

Posted by   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.

Posted by ShahidAzizMughal on (February 19, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

i think Moin Khan will be a good coach and every pakistani should hope for the best as well as younis khan is concerned i think he has been given enough chances in odi's but he dont have a good record in odi's his average is in 30 only and strike rate is not good and he dont have guts as a odi player.

Posted by MurtaMac on (February 19, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

We need to win one of these events. Winning the World T20 would be fantastic, though I know how good the other nationas have become, mainly due to top domestic leagues, while we have suffered. But winning the World T20 would be a massive statement and a slap to all who want to isolate Pakistan. Lets put our differences aside, get the combination right and deliver some needed silverware!

Posted by OverDcovers on (February 19, 2014, 5:37 GMT)

PAK Cricket needs aggressive leadership and not defensive luck ridden one! Misbah keeps bragging on 3-0 against ENG an never mentions 0-3 against SA. Misbah and Hafeez have never played in AUS where the WC2015 is staged, under this argument it'll be suicidal to have him as Captain in WC2015. Afridi should lead till end of WC2015 in ODIz, Younis should be in ODIz and made VC of Test teams to take over from Misbah when he retires or is thrown out! Young guys like Ahmed Shehzad and Sohaib be made VCs of T20z and ODIz respectively to facilitate them taking over from Hafeez. This is the only way forward for a successful PAK Cricket! Hafeez & Misbah should play as players only just as Sangakara and Jaywerdene play under Mathews and Chandimal respectively!

Posted by OverDcovers on (February 19, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Moin's Caliber is not different from MIsbah's as he has no justification in leaving out Younis except the unanimity of the decision! Misbah at 41 is good to play and younis at 36 is not? This is a usual political game that we have seen in PAK Cricket like what Waseem, Waqar, Salim Malik and Intikhab ALam did to Javed MIandad similarly Moin, MIsbah, Hafeez and Azhar Khan are doing to Younis! MIsbah and Hafeez both have their insecurities as they very well know that they will never be a match to Younis's class and caliber hence in collaboration with the chief politician Moin they have kept younis out!

Posted by fzsTrio on (February 19, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Moin, less talk and more work please!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

people are insane we don't need Younis khan in odi if he is selected which number he shud play shehzad sherjeel hafeez maqsood misbah umer afridi bhatti gul ajmal jk so we don't need younis khan plz dont talk non sense he is out ot team for good year

Posted by Diaz54 on (February 18, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

He is spot on.....but challenge will be how to eradicate fear of failure.....part of it is due to fan pressure and expectation....the other is due to lack of depth and all rounders in the other words limitations. The best building blocks can be found in U19 players. Need to identify players who have strong character and skills. That is difficult to create when players have access to local,cricket, gone are the days when they could develop by playing county cricket in England,,which made them grow as people and and develop skills. Moin as coach should look to send younger players particularly batsmen to play in SA or NZ, Engalnd even in grade cricket! PCB should look to set this up. That's the way I would do it?

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

moin has been with team for past few months. and it was widely reportedin media that he has major role in selection and policies. so i dont think any dramatic change in anything. what i couldnt understand is that Julian Fountain is with team so why another fielding coach.

Posted by mainul079080 on (February 18, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

Moin Khan was a flamboyant batsman and keeper but Misbah is very defensive captain.This combination must not work. Either of these two must compromise. I think Moin will be the man and Misbah wont change.So we will see the same Pakistan again and i am sure Pakistan will return from Dhaka empty handed.Waqar would have been a much better choice than Moin and Pakistan should play Misbah only as a batsman. What we saw in his era as captain is full of nepotism. He continuously picked players (many fans can argue that selectors chose them but what i can tell u that the culture in Pakistan is that captain always does have a big hand in player selection ) like Shoib, Farhat, Gul,Hafeez,Kamran,Adnan who i think wont get chance in any good team.

Posted by Boisecricketer on (February 18, 2014, 15:46 GMT)

Moin was a very average wicketkeeper who could bat a bit. He was a mediocre player and thats what I would expect from him in his new role. It just baffles me when people with no training in sport psyhology (which BTW is a whole field for expertise) talks about players' psyche and claims to change it. I would wait and see. Moin would be the best coach in my opinion if he can make some improvement in Kamarn Akmal ability to keep wickets, or may be not becuase Moin didnt know how to keep either.

Posted by neanderthal on (February 18, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Pakistan has been carrying Kamran Akmal for far too long. Is there no suitable substitute for him in all forms of the game?

Posted by saintsinister on (February 18, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

I have the utmost respect for Moin Khan but the recent inclusion of the tried and tested failures (Shoaib Malik & Kamran Akmal) over a course of 8-10 years has left me pondering. We really need an in-form Younis Khan to guide the ship and groom the younglings with a positive attitude instead of the negative tuk tuk philosophy. Dropping our Ace fast bowler Irfan is also a dummy. Sadaf Hussain truly deserves a chance to prove his mettle. The only way forward for Pakistan in this era of the Big 3 cataclysm is to win each and every major tournament to demand the need to be played against.

Posted by Abdullah07272 on (February 18, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

InsaAllah,Pakistan win both asia cup and t20 world cup.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

Mr. Moin Khan, if performance is the sole criterion then Younis Khan and Yasir Hameed were the leading run scorer in domestic t20. Don,t they deserve selection then? other than Perchi, what criteria was used for selection of Shoaib Malik?

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

Moin always was a fighter in his playing days and can serve great as a coach... dont know abt how good a batting coach he will b

Posted by JasonMac on (February 18, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

As a Kiwi, always loved the way Pakistanis and West-Indies played the game. They have their own style which is good for the game. I still remember watching wasim and waqar bowl. great bowlers similar to ambrose, Malcolm ay.

Posted by Z.Saleem on (February 18, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

I think Moin should see this link and also the fact that Younis Khan was the highest run scorer in the recent T20 cup with 201 runs at 100.50 average and SR of 130+, so he should have been picked. Link for record:;type=tournament

Posted by kamran.afzal on (February 18, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Interesting... This is a statement coming from the crop of players that Imran Khan trained... the crop that gave Pakistan the brand of cricket that the world still identifies it with - mercurial, flamboyant, unpredictable, aggressive. But over the last few years in Misbah's captaincy, the approach has changed entirely; which it can well be argued has worked in Pakistan's favour, as Misbah didn't have that kind of talent at his disposal. While I completely agree with Moin, this may result in a 180 degree turn in approach - might result in a clash between the captain's and the coach's philosophies.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

..Nice human being..let's hope he ll do well///good luck sir....

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

lala i great love u lala

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