Cricket News in Brief – February 14, 2012 – Part 2
Pakistan’s former bowling great, Wasim Akram, as cautioned the Indian cricket management from ignoring Sachin Tendulkar in the name of rotation policy and believes that the batting maestro should play every game to put a mental pressure on the opposition.
Team India, who have been going through a rollercoaster ride since their 4-0 Test series whitewash by England last year, have had another failed foreign tour against Australia where they have once again failed to win a single game in the four-match series, triggering a barrage of criticism on senior players including Tendulkar.
“Rotation policy does not work in our part of the world. A player like Tendulkar cannot be rested. I mean, India did win without Tendulkar in Adelaide, but his presence always plays on the mind of the rival team. That's why he is a Tendulkar. His stature is just too big to ignore," said an adamant Wasim.
The left-arm pacer further added, “If you have a Tendulkar in the squad, you cannot afford to have him on the bench. He must play all games."
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to retain Aaqib Javed as the bowling coach of the national team despite news of him getting an offer by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be their head coach.
According to sources, Javed’s contract with the PCB will expire on February 29, and the former bowler is seeking an opportunity to coach the UAE team.
On the other hand, PCB has clarified that they have not had an official word from the right-hand bowler and would like him to continue him as the bowling coach under new head coach Dav Whatmore.
Speaking on the matter, PCB chief Zaka Ashraf said, “Though his contract finishes at the end of the England series, we are all set to extend his contract and offer him a long-term role as bowling coach.”
Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir, has backed India’s new rotation policy after India beat hosts Australia by four wickets in the one-day series.
However, with the new policy in place, veteran players will have to be rested which has caused an uproar in India, with former players such as Sunil Gavaskar criticising the new policy as he believes that best players should always be inducted in the playing eleven.