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Last Updated:  Friday, 7 March, 2003, 16:05 GMT
Pybus tears into Pakistan
By Pranav Soneji

Pakistan coach Richard Pybus has launched a scathing attack on the state of Pakistani cricket after their lacklustre performance at the World Cup.

Pakistan are four of five years behind the rest of the major teams
Richard Pybus

Pybus, whose contract as national coach comes to an end after the tournament in South Africa, told this website the structure of Pakistani cricket needs to be radically overhauled.

"The players that are coming through are not equipped to deal with international cricket," said the 42-year-old.

"They are not fit enough and they have technical flaws which are exposed whenever they go outside the sub-continent.

"They lack cricketing awareness and the motivation to want to get better.

"The talent is there, but it does not win you cricket matches alone. Every country has talent, it is what you do with it that counts.

"It is things like the quality of coaching, the competitive edge and fitness that breeds hard and tough cricketers."

Waqar Younis' side endured a miserable World Cup campaign - their only victories coming against minnows Namibia and the Netherlands.

And Pybus blamed the failure on Pakistan's cricket culture, which has failed to embrace modern techniques adopted by the leading nations.

"Pakistan are four of five years behind the rest of the major teams," he said.

"When I asked for a team analyst, I was told: 'What do you need an analyst for?' They thought I was wasting money.

"I compare cricket strategy as like going to war. While the other side have satellite and radars, we are going in with a compass.

Pakistani fans burn pictures of the players
Pakistani fans were angered by the team's performance

"Teams have outfought and outplayed Pakistan, they know exactly where to bowl, what each player's strengths and weaknesses are.

"The younger players are very positive, they are using the new technology to improve their game, but it's not part of the Pakistani culture.

"They are going to get further and further behind the rest of the world."

The Pakistani Cricket Board (PCB) immediately opened an investigation into why the team's performance was so poor in South Africa.

But Pybus will be submitting his version of events in a detailed report, rather than face the three-member panel in Pakistan.

The South Africa based Englishman said he is now looking forward to spending quality time with his daughter and girlfriend after six months away from home.

Links to more Pakistan stories


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04 Mar 03 |  Pakistan
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05 Mar 03 |  Pakistan

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