Players need to inspire each other in the absence of spectators, says Mushtaq

Players need to inspire each other in the absence of spectators, says  Mushtaq
Worcester: Former Test wrist spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who is the spin bowling coach and team mentor for the England tour, has said that in absence of spectators, players need to inspire each other.

In a statement, he said that he is content with the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s ongoing preparations.

 “This tour is being played in extraordinary circumstances. There are no spectators, there are hardly any journalists either to analyse the teams or the game. Players need to inspire each other, back each other and support each other to the hilt,” he said.

Mushtaq Ahmed further said that team is getting accustomed to the environment and conditions and still have a long time to go before the start of the series.

Mushtaq fully understands his role with the national men’s team this time around and the unique circumstances have not deterred him as he is as focused as ever.

“Despite the Covid-19 related challenges, the players have been exceptional so far. We are trying to make them familiar with the protocols and they have responded wonderfully well. Players are coping with the new regulations with regards to shining the ball as well,” he said adding,

“I am confident we have the players that can not only compete but also win the series.”

Pakistan are currently quarantining in a bio-secure environment at the Worcester’s New Road Ground, where they have been preparing for the three-match Test series against England, which commences on 5 August.

During the quarantine period, the players are undergoing fitness training, net practice, fielding sessions and intra-squad matches under the supervision of a high-profile coaching staff led by head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.

Bowling coach Waqar Younis and batting coach Younis Khan are working hard on the players in their respective domains while the reins of spin bowling coaching are in the hands Mushtaq.