Pak bowling, fielding has shown dramatic improvement in last 12-14 months: Waqar

April 15th, 2011 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, April 15(ANI): Pakistan cricket coach Waqar Younis has said that his team has shown remarkable improvement during the last one year, especially in the bowling and fielding areas.

Waqar declined to comment on a media statement given by former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad, in which the batting legend had stated that despite having fielding and bowling coaches, the national team had not shown improvement in these departments.

“I don’t want to indulge in such things. I am doing my job on the field and during the last 12-14 months the team has shown improvement,” the Dawn quoted Waqar, as telling media persons.

While acknowledging the team’s batting woes, Waqar refused to accept that bowling and fielding were also areas of concern.

“Our bowlers have been doing well and they did a nice job in the World Cup too. The question mark remains on our batting. After scoring 30-40, most of our batsmen throw away their wickets. And I think it is not due to any technical fault, rather they need some time to get matured in order to prolong their stay at the wicket,” the coach said.

“Our fielding has improved a lot. Though critics are not happy and mention just one game, i.e. the semi-final against India where we dropped a good number of catches. However, I think overall our fielding has made remarkable improvement,” he insisted.

Pakistan’s limited-overs squad for the Caribbean tour includes five players yet to play for the senior team- wicketkeeper Mohammad Salman, batsman Usman Salahuddin, allrounder Hammad Azam and pacers Sadaf and Junaid Khan.

“After the World Cup, it is a practice that every country inducts youngsters while targeting the next World Cup. And so, we also included some new players for the West Indies series. And all of them will get chances,” Waqar stated.

Responding to a query, the head coach signalled that untested fast bowler Junaid Khan could lead the pace attack in the West Indies series.

“Wahab Riaz has always been good with the old ball while Junaid knows better how to use the new ball. However, at the moment I can’t say who will use the new ball first,” Waqar.

About the selection of uncapped wicketkeeper Salman in the team, Waqar said that he possessed domestic cricket experience, and hoped that the player would deliver at the international level. (ANI)

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