ISLAMABAD - Legendary batsman Javed Miandad felt that summer camp planned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) won't do any good saying instead a tournament must have been organised to pick the better performance giving players for the upcoming tours and 2015 World Cup.
A pool of 36 probables has been announced to participate in the month-long summer camp at the Gaddafi Stadium starting from May 6. The focus of the camp is on preparing for the upcoming tours and for the 2015 World Cup.
Taufiq Umar, M Sami and Yasir Hameed have been recalled for the camp while Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik have been omitted from the list. The camp will be supervised by the coaching staff of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), headed by M Akram, as the PCB is currently hunting for national coaches.
Talking to APP, Miandad said a player at this stage doesn't need to train in summer camps. "A player should be practicing himself for his betterment and to remain fully fit," he added. He said the month-long summer camp would damage the player's fitness and can make them pale due to the extreme hot weather. "Summer camps are kept in games like swimming and other indoor games but not cricket," he added.
Miandad said a player's fitness and performance is judged in the matches he plays. "The PCB should have held a month-long tournament instead of a summer camp," he said adding that we never heard of a summer camp at times when we used to play. He said it would have been better if the PCB had selected players after organizing a tournament. "No performance can be judged in a camp."
Miandad said he also didn't understand why the PCB recalled the long-time discarded players in the camp. "It is time the selectors make their minds about who is going to be playing in the 2015 World Cup and who would not. If you keep picking players, then dropping them, and then bringing them back that is not going to work," he added.
Miandad said he is also surprised that the PCB had not yet even kept the coaches for the national team and have announced a summer camp. The PCB should have kept the coaches first and then hold the camp.