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Shafiq a future star in making: Yousuf

Press Trust Of India
Apr 02, 2011 at 08:36pm IST

Karachi: Former captain and senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf believes that Pakistan has found a very reliable top-order batsman for the future in Asad Shafiq.

"He is technically one of the finest players I have seen come up in the national team for a long time now. I think he has a bright and good future ahead of him," Yousuf told reporters here.

Yousuf, who was not considered for the World Cup by the national selectors because of fitness issues, supported captain Shahid Afridi's view that Pakistan need a batting coach with the team.

Shafiq a future star in making: Yousuf

Mohammad Yousuf believes that Pakistan has found a very reliable top-order batsman for the future in Asad Shafiq.

"Yes, I think the team needs a batting coach because throughout the World Cup you could see the batsmen struggled and that is why not a single century was scored by anyone," he said.

"I think we need to have a batting coach with the team who can keep on working with the players all the time and fine tune and motivate them," he added.

Yousuf pointed out that all leading teams now-a-days had specialists coaches to support the players.

He admitted that the semi-final defeat to India was disappointing for every Pakistani national.

"I just thought we didn't play to our full potential. I was a bit surprised by the way Misbah-ul-Haq batted. When he scored 18 from 40 balls it put the pressure on the other batsmen and it also led to the fall of Asad Shafiq's wicket, who was playing very well," Yousuf said.

Yousuf noted that even though Pakistan dropped a lot of catches and the fielding was poor against India, yet the team have chased down the score 261 target in the semi-finals.

"It was not a very difficult wicket to bat on and our players just didn't deal with the pressure well," he said.

Yousuf felt that lessons could be learnt from the semi-final defeat and put to good use in the future.

"We need to find the right balance in one-day cricket. I say start preparing now for the next World Cup and also prepare a T20 team for the next T20 World Cup," he said.

Yousuf said that Pakistan required to look into the possibility of having separate Test and limited over teams.

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