LAHORE: Former coach and chief selector Mohsin Khan has termed the change in captaincy of the national Twenty20 team as untimely, cautioning the situation may create panic in the Pakistan camp if new captain Mohammad Hafeez fails to produce positive results.
“As coach, I regard Hafeez as an impressive, talented cricketer and a very hard worker on and off the field. But I feel the World Twenty20 is just four months away. Prior to this mega event, he will get only five Twenty20 matches to set the right combination for the World Twenty20,” Mohsin said.
“And in case Hafeez fails — either as captain or player — the situation may turn panicky for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ahead of the World Twenty20,” said Mohsin who was sidelined as head coach recently, despite Pakistan earning victories against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England during his tenure.
On Thursday, the PCB replaced Misbah with Hafeez as Twenty20 captain for the Sri Lanka tour starting in early June. Pakistan are scheduled to play two Twenty20 games in Sri Lanka.
The PCB also announced three separate teams for the Sri Lanka tour.
The former coach insisted that it could have been better had the PCB named Hafeez captain till the World Twenty20, so that he could prepare a proper strategy with more confidence to turn the team into a well-oiled unit for the World Twenty20.
“I feel sympathy for Hafeez who will be under immense pressure to perform on the Sri Lanka tour, as captain and player, to become eligible as captain for the World Twenty20,” the former Test opener emphasised.
Acknowledging Hafeez had the ability to lead, Mohsin wondered if Misbah-ul-Haq was not suitable to T20 team, then how he was retained as the ODI skipper.
Misbah, Mohsin stated, has had a very good track record as captain and therefore he qualified to captain Pakistan in all formats of the game.
Without giving any candid comment on selection of the teams for the Sri Lanka series, Mohsin only said that there were a few debatable points. At the moment, the former coach of the team added, he wished Pakistan a very successful tour.