Shoaib also said that if he accepted the chief selector’’s job he would probably be the first player who would become “bigger than the job”. And no one knows it better than him.
“I don’’t like saying this but it is a fact. Look I don’’t want a job and I don’t need a salary. People want jobs and they come for salaries but I don’t need the money.”
For Shoaib the motivation is to build a pool of world-class players who will serve Pakistan cricket for long time.
“I am ready to get in the line of fire. I will do it because I want to play a role in creating a pool of players from the new generation who play with an aggressive mindset and without fear of failure.”
Shoaib said that if he is entrusted with the job, he wants to create match winners like Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad, who would become brands on their own. “We need to start having players who have same mindset that our greats like Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram or Mushtaq Muhammad had.
“The fast bowlers should not have muscular gym-toned bodies but ones that is cricket specific. I want to have 15 players who are brands and stars and this can only be possible if they feel secure and can win matches with their performances.”
He said the main problem with the present Pakistan team was that it was scared of losing and players were insecure.
“This mindset had to be changed. I believe that If had been with the team there was no way we would have lost the first test to England after reducing them to top 117 for five…aggression is necessary in top cricket,” Shoaib remarked.
“I have always believed in making tough decisions and people will back you.” He also called on Misbah to focus on leaving a legacy in Pakistan cricket instead of worrying about the results all the time.
“Everyone’s career has to end sometime. As a coach, he [Misbah] has to change his mindset. Play another two to three Haider Alis.”
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