Saqlain wants young players to be match-winner like Labuschagne

ISLAMABAD, Sep 20 (APP):Citing the example of Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne, former Test Cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq advised young players to become match-winners when given chance in the national team.

Saqlain, who played 49 Tests and 169 ODIs for Pakistan between 1995 and 2004, said it must not be felt that the youngsters are going through the learning phase when given a chance in the team.

“The under-19 and A teams must be given foreign tours as to prepare the young players for future. When youngsters get a chance in the national team they must come fully prepared and groomed,” he said on his YouTube channel.

Saqlain cited the example of Labuschagne who seized his chance of the 2019 Ashes by hitting half centuries. “Labuschagne was given a chance in the team when Steve Smith was injured. He was prepared in such a way that he didn’t go in the development phase after coming into the senior team,” he said.

He said youngsters must firm their place in the team like Labuschagne. “We should not feel that the team was going through any build up or development phase because of the inclusion of youngsters,” he said.

Saqlain, who took 208 Test and 288 ODI wickets, advised the Pakistan team and management to plan series by series and earn good results.

“Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Azam were named as captain and vice captain for the series against Sri Lanka, therefore head coach Misbah ul Haq knows what planning he has for short term and long term basis,” he said.

He said I wish Misbah takes the right decisions which are in the best interest of Pakistan cricket. “Misbah must be aware of the approaching Twenty20 World Cup and the next ODI World Cup and Test Championship,” he said.

Saqlain, who was appointed as England’s spin consultant in May 2016, said he heard that Sarfraz was made skipper only for the series against Sri Lanka and Babar was being groomed under his captaincy.
“Sarfraz was 32 years old and was going to be 36 in the next 4 years, therefore Misbah and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must see to it. I am sure Misbah would have a plan to move forward,” he said.

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