Sports: Cricket: Problems with Pakistan cricket is lying at grass-root level: Jalal

Karachi: Pakistan cricket team is struggling with form and fitness before the upcoming World Cup and the reason behind it is unprofessional attitude of the board officials and ordinary domestic structure, feels former Test cricketer Jalauddin.

“The problems with the team are not recent and there is a big story behind it. Domestic structure is no t at par with international standards therefore the players we are producing are average as compared to other international players,” Jalaluddin told PPI.

Jalal further said that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hires former players, who might not have credentials for a certain important job, but their big names are taken as criteria for selection.

“If a player had been great in his times as a cricketer then it does not necessarily means he would be good let’s say an effective selector or coach. The questioned should be that whether the person has the credentials to perform an important job properly,” stressed Jalal.

Pakistan cricket team officials have come under immense criticism following haphazard selection of World Cup squad and for the fitness problems players are facing in Australia and New Zealand.

“I hope that Pakistan performs well in World Cup… But ground realities show a bleak picture. Our bowling department is suffering badly,” he lamented.

Jalal was Pakistan’s former pacer and he was the first person to knock a hat-trick in ODI cricket in 1982.

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