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England tour tops think-tank agenda of meeting


Pakistan cricket’s think-tank would assemble in Lahore on June 5 in what one of its members described as a communication meeting ahead of the national team’s tour of England.

National coach Bob Woolmer, skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and chief selector Wasim Bari would meet the Ad-hoc Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ahead of the announcement of the national team for the upcoming English sojourn.

The officials are to discuss a number of issues during the meeting ranging from the tour of England to Pakistan’s preparations for the 2007 World Cup.

“It’s a sort of communication meeting between the officials concerned with Pakistan cricket,” is how Bari described the meeting.

“We have a very important tour coming up and would like to share our views on it apart from some other issues,” he said referring to Pakistan’s tour of England from June 24 to September 10.

He rejected the impression that the Board’s think-tank would be meeting to primarily discuss the preparations for the World Cup. “I believe that topping the agenda (of the meeting) would be the tour of England,” said Bari. “The World Cup is very important for us but currently we are all focusing on the series against England. Our task is to make sure that our team does well in the Tests as well as the one-dayers there,” he added.

He said the officials attending the meeting would do a lot of brainstorming. “The thinking process should continue if we are to move ahead,” he said.

Bari added another important issue would be Pakistan A team’s tour to Australia this summer. “The tour of Pakistan A carries a lot of significance because we are sending almost all our back-up players there. It is a tough assignment and we expect our players to show maturity in the matches against Australia because they have a lot of world-class players playing for them.”

Bari expressed that any player who does well in Australia would automatically come in the running for a place in Pakistan’s World Cup squad.

Source:The News

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