Pakistan's head coach Saqlain Mushtaq hopeful about team's good show against Australia

The six-day training camp is held in Karachi in which available members of Pakistan's Test squad are taking part

February 17, 2022
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Pakistan's interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq is hopeful about the team's good show in the upcoming Australian series as he spoke on the first day of the six-day training camp in which the available members of Pakistan's Test squad are taking part. 

On the first day of the camp, the players had a practice for two sessions. In the first session, they performed fielding drills, and in the second, they did batting and bowling drills.

On Aussies' tour to Pakistan

Speaking about the security concerns for international cricket in Pakistan, Mushtaq said that Australian players should come to Pakistan without any fear. 

"Pakistan always welcomed other cricketing teams wholeheartedly," he said while stressing that a full-strength Aussie team should tour Pakistan.

He also said that Pakistan's hospitality is known all over the world.

"We will prepare good strategies for the upcoming Australian series as we are training very hard, which everyone will see on the ground," he revealed.

He said that Pakistan has a home advantage, but Australia is a strong team, so a strong strategy will have to be made, while the team's training camp will continue till February 23 in Karachi.

Karachi Kings and PSL

Mushtaq also spoke about Babar Azam and his team Karachi Kings' awful performance in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) and said: "Babar Azam is the number one batter in the world. Actually, in T20 cricket, the team which gains momentum from the outset becomes successful, but unfortunately, Karachi didn't get to that point."

Mohammad Hasnain issue

About pacer Mohammad Hasnain's suspect bowling action, Saqlain said: "The work on Hasnain's bowling action is in progress, and we will hear a piece of good news about it soon."

Saqlain, who was also a world-class off-spinner in his playing days, said that Pakistan has good-quality spinners, there a gap has been created these days.

"Hopefully, good spinners will emerge soon," he said.

'Team will benefit from Muhammad Yousuf's stint'

Speaking about batting legend Muhammad Yousuf, who is appointed as the national team's interim batting coach, Mushtaq said: "Yousuf has been appointed for the short team in the beginning. The team will benefit from him a lot."