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Players do not justify their talents: PCB chief

The form of the Pakistani players are chequered as they lack motivation, Shaharyar Khan said.
PTI | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2005 01:40 PM IST

Abdul Razzak has the potential to become a Jacques Kallis, Azhar Mahmood a Flintoff, Shoaib Akthtar a McGrath and Saqlain Mushtaq a Shane Warne, but they have all failed to do justice to their talent because they lack motivation, according to Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan.

"...Quite honestly these players did not do justice to their talent. They started off well but sort of lost their way and their form has been chequered. They are all match-winners but have not won us many matches," the PCB chief was quoted as saying in local daily The News.

Shaharyar, under pressure to act tough against the team after its defeat in Test and one-day series in Australia, said he believed that Inzamam-ul Haq and his boys would do well during the upcoming series against India.

"I am sure these boys will do very well in India after the tough Aussie tour," he said while strongly defending his decision to persist with coach Bob Woolmer.

Shaharyar said if anything Woolmer, a South Africa-based Englishman, was hampered by the "low level of education" of Pakistan's players. "The problem is that the level of education of the (players) is such that they don't absorb. It is not that they don't understand," he said.

"Woolmer is a sincere, extremely competent fellow who needs to be given some more time to achieve the desired results. He is working hard at the moment."

He also said communication was not a problem for Woolmer.

"On Woolmer's part I do not think communication with the boys is a problem because most of our boys have played in county cricket. But yes, an educated person's approach is definitely different," he said.

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