"Karachi players are not mentally strong," thinks Moin Khan

Pakistan's ODI squad for the Netherlands and T20 squad for Asia Cup have no players from Karachi

August 06, 2022
Source: Cricket Pakistan 

KARACHI: Former Test cricketer Moin Khan, who also belongs to Karachi, thinks that city's cricketers are not mentally strong. 

Speaking to Jang, Khan said he sees no conspiracy against Karachi players. "I can't believe that there is any conspiracy against Karachi players," said Moin when his attention was drawn to Pakistan T20I and ODI squad which includes no players from Karachi.

Pakistan will tour Netherlands for three-match ODI series and later on UAE to participate in the T20 Asia Cup in August-September. The announced squads don't feature any player from Karachi.

"Karachi players are not mentally strong," stated Moin. "It's high time to identify the weaknesses. If you are dropped, it doesn't mean you leave cricket. They need to rate themselves on top and don't lose hope. But, I think our city players lack passion and commitments," the Karachi-hailed former cricketer stressed. 

The former captain gave his own example to further clarify this debate about ignoring Karachi. "I was dropped a lot of time from the team, but every time I came up with better performance," recalled Moin. 

"I believe Karachi players should stand for themselves. They should try to make themselves better than others. Don't lose hope and throw negativity out of your mind," he concluded. 

In the past, great players including Hanif Mohammad and Javed Miandad captained the Pakistan team for a longer run. Karachi-born Sarfaraz Ahmed also led Pakistan team in all three formats and he is considered one of the most successful captains in the history of Pakistan cricket. 

He is the only Pakistani captain to have won two ICC trophies; ICC U19 World Cup and the Champions Trophy. 

Later on, his performance deteriorated and he was made a non-regular part of the national team.