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Good captaincy more important to win the game: Imran Khan

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LAHORE: Former Captain of Pakistan Cricket team, Imran Khan has highlighted the importance of captains in the team and advised the national team to perform well.

In an interview, the cricketer turned politician come up with a message for the team for upcoming Pakistan tour of England and said: “Selectors or coaches don’t win you matches, a good captain lifts the team and helps them win matches.”

He also criticised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCBs) decision of naming three captains for three different formats.

“There should be one captain for Tests and one for limited overs,” Khan said adding that team could concentrate more effectively on single captain’s advice.

Imran Khan went on to say that “good players and a good quality captain” are more important for a cricket team to perform well.

Referring to the coach’s role in the team’s success, Khan said: “Coaches basically have very limited ability to help a team and I don’t understand this obsession with coaches, because basically Australia was not the best team because of their coach, they were the best team because they were a great team and they had a good domestic cricket structure which kept on throwing up good players and they had a good quality captain.”

He also added, “If a coach was such a big thing then Zimbabwe or Bangladesh or one of the other weaker teams could just have a good coach and he could transform the team. It cannot work like that. Yes, a captain can play a major role but not a coach. I always find that people do not understand that cricket is perhaps the only game that needs leadership and that needs a captain who needs to be a leader.”


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.