ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 showed the huge gap between India and Pakistan players, says Javed Miandad
Known for his scatching remarks, legendary Javed Miandad has mentioned that the current ICC U-19 World Cup match between India and Pakistan had highlighted the huge gulf in expertise between cricketers of each the international locations.
Terming Virat Kohli as finest in the world, Miandad, who appeared in 124 Tests in an illustrious profession, rued the absence of players of the India captain’s calibre in Pakistan.
“Winning and losing is part of the game but when I watched the semi-final I could see the gap between the two teams in terms of game sense, professionalism and system,” he instructed PTI.
“One main reason for that is Virat Kohli. He is without doubt the best today. He has the technique and temperament and approach to get runs anywhere. We are not producing players of his calibre for a number of reasons,” Miandad mentioned.
Lamenting that in the previous Pakistan used to provide extra world class players than different international locations together with India, the former captain identified that Pakistan cricket was lagging behind due to the non-professional angle of the Cricket Board (PCB).
“They don’t seem to understand the importance of U-19 cricket or domestic cricket. Their main focus is the PSL. But even for the PSL to become better and greater, we need to first salvage our cricket system,” he mentioned.
He mentioned substandard pitches and absence of any long-term plan or incentive to provide batsmen of calibre had hit Pakistan cricket onerous.
“We won the Champions Trophy out of nowhere. It was a great performance and it injected life into cricket in Pakistan. But we manage to do this only because of our raw talent. Just imagine if that talent is groomed through a proper selection system and in a strong cricket system what we can achieve,” he mentioned.
Miandad, who additionally coached the Pakistan staff in three completely different phrases, mentioned there was no management over bills in the PCB and there have been variety of staff who have been doing nothing and getting heavy salaries.
“To make matters worse present cricketers, I don’t think are spending enough time individually on sharpening their skills. Fitness is very important but so is working on one’s skill level,” he mentioned.
“Kohli has improved over the years and one can see he works hard individually on his game.”