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Shoaib Malik’s Captaincy

Written by Commoner on June 2nd, 2007   (492 views)

After the departure of Inzamam-ul-Haq, and the welcome refusal of Younis Khan, Pakistan Cricket Board decided to give the reigns of the team in the hand of a youngster Shoaib Malik. Though he isnt that bit of a youngster after having played for Pakistan for almost 7 years, but his record which is not that much spectacular makes him a youngster who has a lot of promise, but has yet to deliver.

His appointment as a captain of the national team would do lots of good. The biggest of which is the chance to introduce professionalism and discipline in the team. This is a golden chance for the board to streamline the things in the team and in the infrastructure and make the things system-dependent instead of man-dependent.

Though Shoaib Malik lamely tells the media time and again that he is an independent captain, but he hastily adds that ofcourse with the supportof the board and chairman PCB. But well, his approach uptill yet is good. His focus on improving the fielding of the team is nice and well thought and is the need of the time.

According to his view, which is correct in my opinion too, that our team needs to work hard to improve the fielding, physical fitness and running between the wickets. Running between the wickets reminds me of Mohammad Yousaf :) . Shoaib Malik also showed his relief over the training camps being setup to improve things like these which also include fast bowling, wicket keeping and opening of the innings.

Shoaib also said in an interview that he hasnt got the time to ponder upon the politics of the game and he hasnt given any thought to the points like the balance of power between coash, captain and board not to forget the selection committee. He just said intelligently that the only thing which should be the yard stick for the good team is that which player is good and which is to be played in the game, and our focus should be on the best team building.

He also praised the senior players with an open heart and added that he is getting the full support from the senior players which was really expected from the great player like Mohammad Yousaf. He showed his concern to the absence of the coach for the national team and he said that it was getting hard for them to sustain their level of the game with no coach. At the end, he said that his target was the world cup of 2011.


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