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Pak pen success ‘blueprint’

Islamabad, April 12 (PTI): With “Rawalpindi Express” Shoaib Akhtar completely derailed and exposed, Pakistan cricket will do away with the “culture of superstars” in the team and this is only one of the resolutions in the “blueprint” that has been prepared to rebuild the game in the country.

Fresh from a rejuvenating triumph in the four-nation Sharjah Cup, Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif and coach Javed Miandad appeared a content twosome as they revealed that the blue print was ready to be executed in the quest to regain lost glory.

Latif said Pakistan had discovered some players in the Sharjah Cup who had all the trademarks of becoming possible superstars.

“But frankly speaking, we do not want a culture of superstars in the team,” the skipper said in an obvious reference to speedster Shoaib whose “preferential treatment” came in for a flak in the inquiry report which probed Pakistan’s World Cup debacle.

“It has to be case of everyone contributing in bits and pieces and the result should be success for the team,” Latif was quoted as saying in The News on Saturday. Latif added that the “three-pronged” blue print shall incorporate all these points.

“While there is no time limit set for completing the rebuilding process, the blue print is ready,” the Pakistani skipper said. “We are working on a three-pronged policy. First to establish a pool of 15-20 players in the next one-year who can continue to serve Pakistan cricket at the international level for the next decade with certain level of physical excellence required for international cricket.

“Secondly, to pick the Pakistan team from such a pool of players for different series and tours,” he said.

The idea is to follow a “horses for courses” policy where selection will be made as per the prevailing conditions and opposition. “Thirdly, we want to have a culture where no player gets over-confident or complacent after playing a few good innings.”

Latif also said he would discuss the concept of having different players for Tests and one-day Internationals with the selectors and coach.

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