Batsmen need to show improvement: Waqar

April 13th, 2011 - 7:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, April 13 (IANS) Pakistan coach Waqar Younis wants the batsmen to show substantial improvement on the upcoming tour of the West Indies.

Pakistan lost to traditional rivals India in the World Cup semifinal in Mohali last month and experts are of the view that it was the failure of the team’s batsmen that resulted in the disappointing loss.

Waqar is now hoping that his new-look team will show an improvement in the Caribbean, where it will play one Twenty20, five One-day Internationals and two Tests.

Pakistan has rested a number of senior players, including pace spearhead Umar Gul and middle-order batsman Younis Khan. It has opted for several rookies, including young batter Usman Salahuddin.

Waqar, a former Pakistan Test captain, is confident that youngsters like Salahuddin, who has scored 1,505 runs on the domestic circuit, are the future of Pakistan cricket.

“We have picked some youngsters for the tour (of West Indies) in the hope that they get groomed and serve the country in the future,” Waqar told reporters Wednesday ahead of the team’s departure for the West Indies.

“We won’t be taking the West Indies team lightly. We also have experience at our disposal and we hope to do well in the series,” stressed Waqar.

“Whatever shortcomings we had during the World Cup, we want to overcome them during this tour,” he added. “The main thing is that I want the batsmen to show improvement.”

Waqar also expressed his disapproval of the way Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been trying to persuade former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad to sign up as the national team’s batting coach.

“I don’t know why we go round and round and come back to Miandad every time. If Miandad doesn’t want to do the job then we must ask someone else for help because it’s not an issue of technique of the batsmen, its an issue of slight adjustment,” said Waqar, a legendary former Test fast bowler.

The PCB wanted Miandad to join the team as its batting coach but he has turned down the offer.

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