Sunday Jan 31, 2021
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa head coach Abdul Razzaq has vowed to ready power hitters for Pakistan cricket and bring back aggression in team’s white-ball strategy.
Talking to Geo Super in Karachi, the former Test cricketer said that he sees Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Ammad Butt and Asif Ali as potential power hitters for the team.
“I would love to help Pakistani players be good power hitters,” he said.
“You need to cover few areas like bat swing, your balance while playing the shot, and your eyes on the ball. If you send these players to me, it will take me two three days to guide them on this,” Abdul Razzaq added.
Razzaq represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20Is. He was regarded as one of the finest power hitters of the country.
He is now the coach of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa side in Pakistan’s domestic tournament and won third trophy as coach in the season on Sunday when his side won the Pakistan Cup one day tournament.
Razzaq emphasized on the importance of power hitting at lower orders, saying that every team now needs someone who can add quick runs towards the end.
“Hasan Ali is usually known as fast bowler but I can see that he has the ability to become a good power hitter,” he said.
Talking about his experience as the head coach of a side, Abdul Razzaq said that he tried to apply what he learnt as a player.
Elaborating further, the former all-rounder said that he does not do any anything that he didn’t like from the coaches himself during his days as a player.
“Being a former player, I know what can motivate a player and what can put negativity on him. So, I avoided doing all such things that would bring negativity in dressing room,” he said.
“There’s a difference between coaching at domestic level and coaching at international level. At domestic level, your primary focus is on development of players while at international level your focus shifts to a lot of other things,” he highlighted.