let Lanka down
By Bernie Wijesekera
The Pakistan team though beaten by India in the penultimate game,
still entered the final of the Videocon Asian Emerging teams tournament
staged here. They were quite aware that the Sri Lanka team was riding
a crest of a wave in this inaugural tournament staged in their own
backyard. No doubt they have a good side, said Azhar Zaidi, the
manager of the team, after their win over Sri Lanka in the final.
But the Pakistanis
outplayed them in all departments of the game. Any reasons for this
setback? Over-confidence. One must not underestimate your opponents,
but must plan out strategy. It's not the individual performance
that matters in the end but the team must act collectively to achieve
one’s objective. Sri Lanka failed in this aspect.
Anjum, got the act-together. The players were told to heal the old
wounds before the final. With sheer determination they were able
to overcome fear. The team led by Qaiser Abbas, fought a relentless
battle to do proud for their country, Zaidi added.
Don't you think
it was a good toss to win? But it doesn't matter. But if one has
self belief and play for the right reasons then other issues are
secondary. The bowlers, bowled to a better line and length and had
the Lankan batsmen prodding and groping.
In contrast with a modest total to confront the Lankan bowlers sprayed
their deliveries all over. They lacked discipline. This has to be
done at the nets. Yes.
Is this your first trip to Sri Lanka? Yes. From 1976 todate I've
been involved with Pakistani circket - as player, administrator
and manager with national teams at home and abroad. Served in the
Ex-Co. of the PCB. He has played with the likes of Abdul Qadir,
Saeed Anwar, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis, Mustaq Ahamed etc.
Has served with
the Lahore Cricket Association todate (for 25 years). Is Pakistan
cricket on a firm foundation under the present President of the
PCB, Lt. Gen. Taquair Zia? He is a firm disciplinarian. He means
business. He is indispensable and commands respect. He has a vision
that is to uplift the game for Pakistan to enjoy a better future.
He works with much understanding with the other members of the Ex-Co.
Also has the time to listen to others' views, too.
his own personal benefit. His son Junaid - a lanky fast bowler,
wrought havoc against Sri Lanka in the final (man of the match)
and won many other awards in the end. He played for Pakistan in
one-day cricket against B'desh. Junaid was appointed captain for
this tour, by the selectors. But Gen. Zia was quick to move in and
objected to his appointment and he was removed. Qaiser Abbas was
made the captain.
Junaid and Abbas
shared the same room on this tour - 118. Zia's ambition is to build
an Academy and a first class venue at every city. This is a gift
to the district organisers and for the players and will be remembered
for a long time. It's a fine gesture by him and totally funded by