By Azhar Hameed
hierarchy and the cricketing fraternity all over Pakistan must make a concerted resolve to revive the moribund state of Pakistan cricket in general and more specifically engineer some constructive measures for the national team
of Harare and Mohali
By Azhar Hameed
the cricketing fraternity all over Pakistan must make a concerted
resolve to revive the moribund state of Pakistan cricket in general and
more specifically engineer some constructive measures for the national
In the aftermath of
Pakistanís Test defeat in Zimbabwe, there has been a rumpus of all
sorts. I can draw an interesting analogy whereby I am reminded of my
sailing days ó at anchorages with high tides, depending upon the sea
state, one would only get to see the floating ships and channel marker
buoys but as the tides ebbed there would be scenes of ship wrecks,
flotsam and jetsam. A perfect phenomenon of a visibly serene state
turning into a wretched sight!
In relation to
cricket, thatís the difference between winning ways and losing
streaks. The present Pakistan cricket team has always had its problems
but as long as it was winning, these problems remained embedded and only
came to fore when it started to lose on a consistent basis. I have
always believed that any two competing teams would be termed favourites
or underdogs as long as the comparison is restricted to a piece of
paper. Once they take to playing field, itís the one who plays better
and carries the day. So the best or the worst on a given day can change
places based on their performance displayed on the ground.
So what is it that has
essentially gone so horribly wrong that Pakistan cricket has touched its
nadir (I sincerely hope so)? After all this was more or less the same
team which had a successful tour of India only some months back and the
head coach, bowling coach and fielding coach were and are still the
same. Have the batsman especially the top half forgotten the basics of
Has the batting decay
at the top become contagious and would permeate the middle order? Why
our bowlers are made to look ordinary against players of limited ability
and international exposure? These are some of the questions which are
agitating the minds of every Pakistani who follows cricket.
To add more commotion
to this chaotic situation, endless debates have started which range from
the issues of captaincy, internal team strife, nepotism and to faulty
team selection and management.
I think we are
definitely missing a point here and that is to remain focused on the
core issues rather than letting our emotions and biases get To begin
with there has been no international cricket in Pakistan from late 2009
onwards. Since then Pakistan team has been playing even the
international home series cricket under the ICC calendar outside
Pakistan. Most of the players have never had any exposure to county
cricket and even in the shorter formats, they have had limited access.
Internally, the domestic cricket structures both long and short formats
are not competitive enough to groom players to become battle-hardened
for any international series outside Pakistan. This stark reality points
towards a glaring shortcoming and that is the lack of development of
mental strength or even if it exists in certain players it is surely to
get dented once they go outside to represent Pakistan. So what is mental
strength and why it is quintessential to all the players of the team?
There are many
definitions for mental strength or toughness in the academic world but
the one I like and comes very close to my understanding is: ďMental
toughness is having the natural or developed psychological edge that
enables you to: generally, cope better than your opponents with the many
demands (competition, training, lifestyle) that sport places on a
performer; specifically, be more consistent and better than your
opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control
The important thing to
note is that it is a developed skill which can be attained through
competition, training and lifestyle. Now if we closely analyze the
performance of present Pakistan team against these three core elements
namely; competition, training and lifestyle over the recent three or
four tours then surely we would see a pattern developing. Players like
Misbah, Younis and Saeed Ajmal have consistently outperformed others or
at least they have been consistent with their performances. I need not
carry out a clinical dissection of the performance of the rest of the
players against the above core elements as the intention here is to
serve pointers towards a more rational and logical approach in finding
solutions for problems being faced by the present Pakistan players.
Living in a country
which is battered by terrorism, precariously placed economically and
deprived of any international sporting event of some semblance, I think
we need to take a step back and give some leeway to our boys. After all
they have been responsible for bringing some joyful moments for the
whole nation. The present chairman, the coaches, the cricketing heavy
weights in the PCB hierarchy and the cricketing fraternity all over
Pakistan must make a concerted resolve to revive the moribund state of
Pakistan cricket in general and more specifically, engineer some
constructive measures for the Pakistan team.
Perhaps they should be
provided the support of a sports psychologist or may be attached to the
Alpine Club of Pakistan for a short expedition. Mind you my list of
ideas is by no means exhaustive. What I want to iron out over here is
that in times of sheer dismay and hopelessness there are always vibes of
opportunities which would only resonate when we are able to spot them
and tune them to our advantage otherwise the whole debate about the
state of present Pakistan team would be nothing else than just a
cricketing melee without a ring fence.
Pakistan is paying the price for a systematic massacre of talent which has enabled mediocrity to creep in on the field
By Sohaib Alvi
The quality of
cricket, the body language and the lack of determination that was on
display by Pakistan in Harare and Faisalabad Wolves in Mohali is not
shocking; it is earth shattering. I have been said to be overcritical
over the last few years in fact right up to 2004-05 when favoritism
started to creep in and dirty politics began to be played in selection
of teams. Not that it hadnít existed before but it was now coming out
blatantly, and being done when we had little comparable talent to
replace the ones who were victims of the targeted operation.
But there were sacred
cows then too and even chairmen of PCB did not dare touch them. Well,
weíre paying the price for it now as I had anticipated. World Cup 2007
should have been not just a wake-up call but a fire alarm; yet it was
turned into more of a practice run and things returned to their normal
self with friendship groupings, open biases and a consolidation of
trenches across the cricket field.
The tour of Australia
brought it out clearly. Mohammad Yousuf the captain on that tour said
Intikhab Alam, the manager, had told him to beware of Shoaib Malik.
Earlier Yousuf had brought together some five players to swear that if
one was dropped the rest would make themselves unavailable or play under
par to get rid of Younis Khan.
All this is documented
in the videos that were leaked after the Australian tour. Shoaib Malik
has been spoken of as a termite and when it came to Younis Khan, what he
said was deemed not to be recorded. Manager Yawar Saeed is said to have
arranged a meeting between Chairman PCB and Shahid Afridi to talk openly
about the flaws of the then captain. In the videos that were leaked
Yousuf is seen to be telling Yawar Saeed that he was in the hotel room
when the players were talking of loyalty to each other and implying he
was part of it.
Naturally, this would
embolden the players because the officials were clearly part of the
conspiracy and back biting. It was as if the cricket team was a stock
exchange and these were the investors, manipulating to ensure that the
stock they had invested in kept rising.
Mediocrity crept in on
the field and the truly talented were pushed aside if they were not part
of the system. Asim Kamal with some seven fifties in 12 Tests including
one which he scored with a plastered left hand and a 99 on debut against
South African pacers, was shunted out by Inzamam. It was pathetic the
way he was sidelined but chairman Sheheryar Khan and the selectors stood
But when it came to
superstars who could get influential people to end the tenure of senior
officials in the PCB if they were dropped, the same officials would, and
still, stand by a pathetic record and talk of indispensability,
seniority, experience and all that. Imagine the PCB chief going out of
the way to protect Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the drug
accusation just because they were big names and just had to be rescued.
Orders are orders he would say.
Well, when players are
going to be selected on likes and dislikes, or on pressures from outside
(Sadiq Mohammad admitted on Geo Super what I had said several times
before, and that is that politicians interfere in the selection
process), you are going to get mediocrity on the field. The talented
ones will just wither out and lose faith in the system. People like
Khurram Shahzad and Yasir Hameed are called in when the chips are
totally down and they have showed up with so many runs. But one failure,
at most two, and they are sent to the gallows for the Ďexperiencedí
guys like Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal to be brought back.
The justification is
simple. Talent is finished they claim. There are no better replacements
out there. Lack of international cricket has killed enthusiasm (yeah
sure, just as it did South African talent from 1970 to 1992 I suppose
when they returned to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup on their
first appearance after the ban).
These are just excuses
put forward to justify that the officials are doing all they can; that
it is the talent that is not there. Well, how many talented cricketers
have come through without their talent being honed, without
opportunities, without a strategy?
The fast bowlers are
deliberately played with, in on one tour and out the other. In the last
few years we have seen Cheema, Ehsan Adil, Rahat, Wahab, Tanveer, Asad
Ali try and step in. Some are clearly mediocre by international
standards where consistency of speed and line and length is essential,
but others like Tanveer did well in their debut series against quality
opposition. Yet they were Ďrestedí when they were just establishing
their place. Rahat has come and taken a few wickets but once when South
Africa were hitting out for a declaration and next against Zimbabwe
calibre batsmen that too in one of four innings.
Look if you have to
play Rahat then all I request is to play him for a year; same with
Tanveer or Ehsan Adil or whoever it is that the sharp eyes of the front
selectors and the more influential ones at the back deem to be the
On the batting front
the question is whether Hafeez will be dropped after an average of 7 in
ten Test innings this year or will he shout and argue his way back into
the team. There will in all likelihood be cries for Ďexperienceí
against South Africa and the extra advantage of bowling off spin. But
there will be no talk of perhaps another capable youngster who can bat
and can also bowl pretty well. After all, Hafeez didnít come in as an
all-rounder when he debuted against Bangladesh in 2003. And how often
have we needed him to bowl in a test match when we have Ajmal and Rehman.
The PCB caretaker
chairman will continue to cry hoarse that he is not being given the
powers after he has been illegally appointed to the post and that his
powers are limited by the PCB constitution, not the judiciary. But I
would be the first to support him if he were to commit not just in words
but in deed that merit and only merit would come up and that the next
three years would see the same at first-class level. And that the PCB
would be purged of officials eating the board like termites. Intikhab
Alam would understand what Iím talking about.
leg-spinner Abdur Rehman once again proved his worth in the Test series
against Zimbabwe. He took nine wickets in two matches, at a very healthy
average of 19.88. He was the third highest wicket-taker after Saeed
Ajmal and TL Chatara.
Rehman has been very
unfortunate in that he has been given much less chances than were his
due. He made his debut in 2007 against South Africa at Karachi. But he
has played only 19 matches so far ó in six long years. This despite
the fact that he has a very impressive wickets per match average of
4.73, better than all the fast bowlers who were given chances only
because the team management did not want to have a second specialist
spinner in the team.
Similar is the case
with him in the limited-overs cricket. He has played only 28 ODIs and
seven T201s, although he has taken 29 and 11 wickets, respectively, in
The selectors have
been choosing him and sending him on tours but the team management has
mostly decided to keep him on the bench. He must be given more chances
in all three formats of the game. In fact he should be an obvious choice
since he has never performed poorly in the last three years. He has
always been an economical bowler.
Similar is the case of
Azhar Ali as far as ODIs are concerned. He has played only 14 matches
since his debut in May 2011, although he has a very healthy average of
41 runs ó higher than his average in Test cricket where he has never
missed a match since making his debut against Australia in 2010 summer,
which may be a record in Pakistan cricket. Cricket statisticians must
check this. I donít think anybody else has played 29 straight Tests
And the selectors have
been very generous with Umar Amin. He has played 17 matches across all
formats for Pakistan and has just one half century to his credit
ó made in the recent ODI series against Zimbabwe. He was given four
Test chances in 2010 despite failing to score more than 33 in any of his
eight innings. He made 99 runs at an average of 12 runs.
In ODIs and T20Is he
has averages of 21 and 22, respectively. But he keeps getting in the
team while many others, certainly much more talented than him, continue
to get ignored.
Why is it that the
selectors are generous with some players and miserly with others?
Players like Abdur Rehman and Azhar Ali are ousted despite good
performances, while failures like Umar Amin keep getting chances after
Then there is the case
of Asad Shafiq. He was good, consistent for his initial two yeas in
international cricket. But he has not made a big score for a long time
now. He has a below-par average of 27 runs in ODIs, but he still finds a
place in the team for this format. Had he been an all rounder like
Mohammad Hafeez, his selection with this average could have been
justified, but he is not. He is only a batsman and this average is not
good enough for a specialist batsman.
It is time the
selectors gave chances to those middle order batsmen who have been doing
well in the domestic cricket and let Asad and Umar Amin improve their
techniques and temperament.
hockey: past, present and future
its mark in the realm of hockey soon after Independence, by showing the
same intensity which was seen in the struggle for freedom. The purpose
was to assert a distinctive identity as a nation.
In 1948, lack of
facilities and adverse conditions could not deter our bare-footed
players from marching on the path of victory. We fought tooth and nail
In 1960 an
epoch-making event was waiting for the Pakistan hockey team. We were up
against our traditional rivals India, the then seven-time Olympic champions.
The air was charged
with emotions. After a fierce fight the Green-shirts emerged as the new
champions, snatching the Olympic gold medal from the clutches of the
Our national flag
fluttered over the horizon of international hockey. These indelible
marks of zeal and zest are still fresh in mind. The airport where the
team arrived was thronged by people overjoyed by the victory. The nation
received its heroes with a lot of warmth.
The euphoria was not
yet over when the tide of time turned about. The edifice of national
hockey started crumbling. The cause was the utter negligence shown in
keeping abreast of the emerging techniques in the world.
A consequence of it
was the victory of Germany in 1972 Olympics. At that critical juncture,
the necessity to promote the Asian style hockey with new environment was
felt by the stalwarts of hockey. India, Pakistan and other Asian teams
were encouraged to stop the growing influence of the European hockey.
hockey scenario witnessed some radical changes. The rules of hockey were
twisted by the European pundits to serve their ends. But our bigwigs
took little notice of the changing trends.
The Asians used to
play with the help of closely-knit relationship of ball and stick. It
was ripped apart by introducing a new rule. The rule was not a novelty
but the revival of the original but discarded style of hit-and-run,
beneficial only to the Europeans.
As a result, with the
exception of the world cup of 1975, since 1964 India and Pakistan have
not played a final against each other which used to be the case in the
The Europeans worked
on their style persistently and achieved excellence which was our
specialty a couple of decades back.
The structural changes
in hockey were brought apparently in the name of making it more
enthralling and exciting but in fact, European lobby was working to
cripple the Asian style.
Whenever the changes
failed to produce the desired results, the rules were changed
arbitrarily, giving little chance to the Asians.
Asian hockey received
another blow when artificial grass was introduced because it was not at
all suitable to the weather conditions of the subcontinent. So the
balance tilted in favour of European countries. Therefore, in the World
Cup 1986 Pakistan and India managed 11th and 12th positions,
respectively, but still our pundits did not realise the gravity of the
Instead of adopting an
analytical approach to pinpoint the loopholes and remove them, the
organisers committed blunders after blunders. The people concerned were
busy in dirty politics, so Pakistan hockey took a plunge.
Research-oriented approach was ignored altogether, giving way to chaos
and disarray. No concrete step was taken.
Similarly, the present
PHF leadership has been given a freehand, but our hockey has been on a
downward spiral for the last five years. The eighth world ranking is the
lowest ever for Pakistan. This is the result after the PHF was given
about Rs90 million.
results achieved in the World Hockey League and the Asia Cup were not
The nation has also
not forgotten that Pakistan finished at the 12th position, out of 12
teams, in World Cup 2012.
The latest episode of
failing to qualify for the World Cup 2014 and exclusion from the
Commonwealth Games has also no precedent in our hockey history.
The recent resignation
by Asif Bajwa as secretary PHF seems to be a calculated move. The whole
federation should have resigned after the pathetic performances.
following areas need immediate attention.
We have to keep ourselves abreast of modern techniques by working
within the system.
We have to prepare a team of professional and skillful coaches.
We have to devise a methodology to groom new talent.
We have to infuse maturity in players.
period is reckoned as the golden era, the period from 1986 till today
may be conversely termed as ďthe dark period of despondencyĒ.
We always resorted to
ad-hocism, frequent changes of captains, coaches and managers, which led
It is said that gold
is forever, it never loses its significance and luster but the secret of
its perpetuity lies in its malleability.
Pakistan hockey was
glittering like gold in the beginning, but it did not embrace change and
lacked adaptability and flexibility of attitude. Had we been flexible,
compatible and vigilant, we would not have plunged into the abyss of
Gone are the days when
the Europeans remained on the defensive due to our attacking stance and
commanding position. Gone are the days when the heartbeats of our people
were synchronised with the exciting moment of our national game.
Now defeat is accepted
as a routine matter. This sends an SOS call to those controlling our
It is the call of the
to synchronise (harmonise) techniques with tactical theory;
to modify the system according to the new conditions;
to achieve perfection on basic skills;
to lay emphasis on organised attack in place of individual
to bring the point home to the attackers that receiving of every
ball does not necessarily herald on attack;
to adjust our defense players with rules of no-man off-side,
man-to-man zone/area marking;
and to keep in view the concept of ďultimate total resultĒ
instead of only more results.
With the introduction
of new rules in hockey the maneuvering area has been automatically
stretched within the field and the following three points are key to
victory: handling of ball; off the ball movement; and bad ball watching.
These steps must come
at the earliest to ensure a better tomorrow for our failing hockey.
If a person is
satisfied with his performance, it means he has achieved the highest
possible point and now the downfall will start.
The manager of
Pakistan cricket team for the Zimbabwe tour Moin Khan on his return said
he was satisfied with the teamís performance. It was no less shocking
than the defeats Pakistan suffered in Zimbabwe. How can an important
official be satisfied when the team played a draw series against a team
that had no ranking before the series?
The caretaker PCB
chairman Najam Sethi also showed no compunction over Pakistanís
defeats in Zimbabwe. He said that the highs and lows in cricket
shouldnít cause such uproar. If the management is satisfied with the
teamís performance, why should the boys worry about anything? How
would they try to improve their skills?
This was a series in
which sponsors were not interested. Zimbabwe Cricket Board failed to
find a main sponsor for the series and two Pakistani companies sponsored
the series. The reason was simple: the sponsors expected that it would
be a one-sided contest.
On paper Pakistan
looked much better and more experienced side.
On the other side,
there was little international experience.
Zimbabwe surprised the
Pakistan team with their disciplined performance, especially in bowling.
Pakistan won the
Twenty20 matches by a very close margin. Then Zimbabwe shocked Pakistan
in the first One-day International, winning it by seven wickets. The
hosts reached the modest target of 245 for the loss of just three
Experts and Pakistani
fans expected that Pakistan would win both Test matches convincingly,
but young Zimbabweans showed their skills in Test matches too.
The hosts kept control
of the first Test till Day 3, taking a valuable 78 runs lead in the
first innings. Then they reduced Pakistan to 3-23 in the second innings.
Had it not been for Younis Khanís 200 Pakistan might have lost the
first Test too. Zimbabwe deserve all the credit for keeping Pakistan
under pressure through out the series.
The last time Zimbabwe
won a Test against a team other than Bangladesh was in June 2001 when
they beat India at Harare.
But the win against
Pakistan was more memorable as there was no big name in the Zimbabwean
side. The side that had beaten India had the Flower brothers, Guy
Whittall, Heath Streak, Henry Olonga, Neil Johnson and Murray Goodwin.
Since then Zimbabwe
had failed to beat any side other than Bangladesh and suffered regular
defeats in all formats of the game. Zimbabwe lost 30 Tests out of the 40
can be attributed to a lack of Test match experience, especially on home
The demand for
removing the senior players is unjustified though. The team should be a
combination of experienced and young players. Why does Misbah always get
blamed for losses despite scoring regularly? Why donít the people
blame other young players who are not proving themselves after getting
regular chances? They donít have the guts to stay on the pitch and
If Younis Khan and
Misbah-ul-Haq are excluded from the team, the team wonít be able to
score even 200 runs. The combined total (187) of the other three leading
batsmen in the Test series ó Mohammad Hafeez (59), Azhar Ali (85) and
Asad Shafiq (43) ó doesnít even equal Misbahís individual score.
Misbah was the second
highest run-getter of the series with 217 runs, including three fifties
in four innings.
Younis was the top
scorer with 309 runs at an average of 103, including one double hundred
and one fifty.
Younis Khan with 464
runs at an average of 58.00 in five Tests is the top run-getter for
Pakistan in Tests in 2013 so far.
Hafeez is not a
suitable player for the longest format of the game. He is good enough
for ODIs and T20Is, but not for Tests. He fails often against strong
bowling attacks. This time he failed even against a mediocre pace
His batting average in
last 14 Tests outside Asia is only 20.80, which is obviously not
expected of a batsman who bats at the top of the order.
Azhar scored only 218
runs at an average of just 21.8 in five Tests he played in 2013.
In five matches Asad
scored 242 runs with one hundred and one fifty, averaging only 24.2.
His last 20 plus score
came in February 2013 against South Africa. Average in the 20s from the
middle order will not help Pakistan beat any top-ranked side.
Instead of improving
Pakistan team is getting worse day by day and if batting skills are not
improved a whitewash is on the cards against No 1 Test ranked South
Africa in the forthcoming series.
Pakistanís football team once again failed to advance beyond the group
stage in the SAFF Cup, which was ultimately won by Afghanistan, who beat
six-time champions India 2-0 in the final in Kathmandu.
After losing to
arch-rivals India 0-1, Pakistan held Nepal 1-1 before beating Bangladesh
2-1 in the last match. Both India and Pakistan had the same number of
points and goal-average after the group stage, but India made it to the
semi-finals because they had beaten Pakistan in their opener.
In the 2011 SAFF Cup,
too, Pakistan had failed to qualify for the semi-finals after holding
all their three group opponents to draws.
This time the Samar
Ishaq-led team exited with a single win. Several pre-tournament
decisions by the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) affected the
teamís performance in Nepal. Just an hour after Pakistan lost to
Afghanistan 3-0 in a friendly in Kabul on August 20, PFF removed not
only Serbian coach Zavisa Milosavljevic but also goalkeeping coach Aslam
Khan from the Kathmandu-bound party.
Shehzad Anwar, who before this event had acted as Pakistan coach for
only a single international against Malaysia in October 2008, was made
the head coach.
Bahraini coach Mohamed Shamlan was sent with the team as a consultant.
The Bahraini did a fine job while remaining in the background by guiding
Shehzad Anwar, who despite being so young showed real guts as a coach.
The confidence which
Shehzad showed can be a plus point for Pakistan. If he is groomed with
Shamlan he can turn out to be a precious asset.
But PFFís decision
to remove Zavisa at a time when the team was about to leave for Nepal
was not praiseworthy.
Zavisa could have
performed better had he been given the opportunity. Pakistanís defeat
at the hands of Afghanistan in the friendly was not something
necessitating his removal because Pakistan were missing their five key
foreign-based players in that match and the Afghans were the regionís
best side, which they proved by lifting their maiden SAFF tile.
If the PFF wanted to
remove Zavisa he should have been sacked when Pakistan had failed to
impress in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup
Qualifiers in Kyrgyzstan early this year.
According to sources,
when Pakistani team was doing warm-up just before the start of their
friendly against Afghanistan in Kabul, a top official of the PFF called
the teamís physiotherapist Dr Kamran Mehdi. The official told Kamran
that he would like to talk to Zavisa but the Serbian, while feeling it
against the rules, refused to talk to the official.
Sources said that
Zavisaís attitude infuriated the PFF top official and he abruptly
sacked Zavisa after his side lost to the Afghans.
Zavisa has not yet
been released by the PFF. He is working with the Pakistan Under-19 team
The removal of the
goalkeeping coach Aslam was even more unexpected. Aslam, who has a great
role in preparing Pakistanís top goalkeepers, including Jaffar Khan,
was doing a good job. The team missed him during the SAFF Cup when the
Denmark-based gloveman Yousuf Butt made a silly mistake against Nepal.
This harmed Pakistan a lot.
Goalkeeping coach is
an integral part of a team as other coaching staff does not know much
about it. According to sources, there are a few persons in the PFF who
donít like to see Aslam with the team. It was pre-planned that both
Zavisa and Aslam should be removed, they said.
Former Fulham defender
Zeeshan Rehman was very impressive in the deep in the SAFF Cup.
Skipper Samar Ishaq,
whose own goal during the match against India caused Pakistanís ouster
from the tournament eventually, also helped the team a lot with his nice
Danish striker Hasan
Bashir, midfielder Mohammad Riaz, the countryís key striker
Kaleemullah and defender Mohammad Ahmed also looked good.
The PFF had not given
sufficient international exposure to the team which was direly needed
for proper preparation.
There is no
consistency in the planning of the PFF. Pakistan senior team played only
a single international game from December 2011 to November 2012. How can
a team improve without enough exposure? There should be at least 15 to
20 international matches in a year.
Now the reins of the
team are in the hands of Shamlan, who has been hired by the PFF for a
couple of years with the blessings of the Bahrain Football Association (BFA).
Shamlan, a former
international defender, is the right choice for the job as he is well
aware of Pakistanís football. He worked with former Pakistan coach
Salman Sharida in 2005-2006.
He would develop the
team well if given free hand. The PFF should meet all his demands in
These days he is
witnessing Premier League matches and is short-listing players for
training. There are chances that he may find good stuff for future.
Shamlan wants to impart quality training to Pakistan and it is expected
that he will hold national teamís camps in the Gulf region.
The PFF should utilise
the services of Shamlan in the best possible manner and should also
groom local coaches under him so that a healthy pool of coaches is
prepared for future.