ISLAMABAD: Former batsman Mudassar Nazar believes Pakistan team can tackle Sri Lanka with ease as coaches Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmad have played cricket in Sri Lanka many times and they are in prime position to guide the players in terms of playing conditions. Mudassar said coach Grant Flower was also no stranger to international cricket so all in all, Pakistan had the right setup for this tour. “I expect an improvement from the Pakistan fast bowlers with Waqar as coach. Even in his last stint as coach, the fast bowling department had started to do really well. Hopefully, we should also see a marked improvement in this area during the series against Sri Lanka and beyond as well,” Pakpassion.net quoted Mudassar as saying.
Mudassar said the overall impact of Waqar’s coaching would be a positive one for Pakistan as it was in his previous tenure as coach. “At that time, he didn’t really have a great team to look after just 2 or 3 players were good but the rest were very ordinary. However, even in those circumstances, Waqar had some good results to show,” he said. Mudassar said Pakistan had a good coach in the shape of Grant. “But I feel this is a short period for us to judge him. Flower was recently with the Zimbabwe team, so it is not as if he has not been involved in coaching in recent times. He will have his work cut-out to improve the quality of the Pakistan batting but he has the record, both as a fielder and a batsman, to give some good quality feedback to the Pakistan batting which will be crucial for this tour,” he maintained.
Talking about Pakistan spin attack, Mudassar said the spin department was competent enough with the likes of Saeed Ajmal and can handle things well during this series. “But let us not under-estimate the role of a spin coach such as Mushtaq. Someone like Mushtaq will be instrumental in making sure that the spin department carries on its good work. He will also be providing sound tactical help as necessary and that will surely make a lot of difference,” he said.
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