Sports: Cricket: Average players couldn’t be expected to play well: Jalaluddin

Karachi: Former Pakistan Test cricketer Jalaluddin heavily criticized Pakistan domestic cricket structure and lack of professionalism in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and said that it was the reason behind Pakistan’s below par showing in the ongoing World Cup.

“Whatever people may think the reason behind Pakistan’s defeat against India Down Under, the actual reason lies here right in the heart of Pakistan. Pakistan has an outdated domestic infrastructure and the people running the technical side of the board are not professionals, it is simple as that,” Jalal told PPI.

Jalal further said that other international teams such as India, Australia and South Africa have reached remarkable new heights because of their improved domestic infrastructure and professionally running of cricket affairs in the country.

“The planning for coming World Cup begins when curtain falls on one edition. In four long years, we have prepared a team where we are unable to make the right combination. They are out of sorts even when finalizing an opener. The situation is pathetic,” he added.

He further said that there was no use to criticize players since what they learnt in the domestic circuit has only made them average players.

“They can only play like average players since they can perform only that much, which they have learnt in their country. How can they compete against sides, who have done a lot of homework and planning for the big event. And their domestic circuit and training is updated and technically sound,” questioned the former pacer.

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