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Zaheer Abbas: Pakistan have no world-class batsmen

Mirpur: Pakistan’s batsmen were this week sharpening their skills under the watchful eyes of legendary former player Zaheer Abbas, who is the team’s chief batting consultant.

Abbas carries with him the experience of having played in 78 Test matches, scoring 5,062 runs, and 62 one-dayers with 2,572 runs, as he hit 108 first class centuries.

After a hard workout on Thursday, Abbas said: “There aren’t world-class batsmen in the present Pakistan team, but we will soon have them. Why I say they are not world-class is because world-class batsmen need to be consistent. Today’s team lacks players with consistency. Hopefully very soon I will create the best batting line-up in world cricket.

“I cannot give any clear cut deadline as to when I will be able to create world-class batsmen because I need time to resolve their batting problems.”

Abbas is now planning to organise a camp exclusively for batsmen. “During a tour you cannot change basics, but after the World Twenty20 we have a five-month gap. During that period, especially during the months of May and June, I have plans to conduct a two-month batting camp in Lahore. In this camp I will teach them something special and after that you will find the difference,” he said.

Pakistan have many talented youngsters such as Ahmad Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Sharjeel Khan, who are all below the age of 24 and have the potential to become world class batsmen if they can gain consistency.

Abbas felt Pakistan played well as they beat Australia last Sunday and that they have the potential to progress past the Super-10 stage at the ongoing World Twenty20 here. “We thought we might lose [against Australia] but we fought back strongly. I believe we have a great chance to reach the semi-finals. We have very good quality players but they need to prove it in the middle.”