Coach Mohsin Khan has attributed Pakistan team’s dramatic ascendancy to the large-heartedness of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in banning Pakistani cricketers from playing in the IPL.
Pakistan have won eight of their last 14 Tests, including the two spectacular back to back wins against England, the No.1 Test team. While (out the 14 Tests) they have lost only one.
“Before I thank Almighty, I would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the BCCI for its exemplary high-mindedness and foresight in shielding our boys from the baneful effects of the IPL,” Mohsin was quoted as saying by website cricketcountry.com. on Monday.
“Just contrast our performances with the hemorrhaging of the Indians Down Under. Thank you, BCCI and the IPL Governing Council for your care for Pakistan cricket,” Mohsin said.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also concurred with the coach’s assessment. “Initially I blamed my not being selected for last year’s IPL to my dour batting in the World Cup semi-final. I had never realised it was part of a magnanimous plan on part of the BCCI to rejuvenate Pakistan cricket. Now I will convince Shahid bhai that Indians are also large-hearted,” Misbah said.
Story first published: 30th January 2012