Physical and mental inferiority behind Pak's Oz cricket tour humiliation: Alam

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Karachi, Feb.9 (ANI) : Rejecting reports of discord in the team, Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam has said his team lacked the temperament needed to win against the World Champions Australia and blamed the players for being physically and mentally inferior to the Kangaroos.

In his tour report, Alam has blamed the negative approach of players for their abysmal performance Down Under.

The report, which has been sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) underlined various reasons for Pakistan's complete whitewash during the tour, however, there is no mention of severe differences between senior and junior players of the team.

"The senior players were simply not up to the mark as some of them were out of form while others are already in the twilight stages of their international career," the report said.

Taking the responsibility for the disastrous tour, Alam has suggested that the PCB should ensure proper grooming of young players.

"The next generation of Pakistani cricketers should be groomed into world class fielders and trained and hardened in a way that they exhibit better temperament when representing their country at the highest level," Alam said in his report.

He, however, washed his hands off the continuous display of poor fielding skills by the players, saying no coach can bring about an improvement in the fielding within a few days.

"The PCB should take this issue seriously and ensure that the standard of fielding is improved at the junior, club and domestic levels through regular and specialised fielding camps all over the country," The News quoted the report, as saying. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 13:48 [IST]
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