Karachi - Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has urged the batsmen to take inspiration from batting greats like Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Aamir Sohail ahead of the upcoming tour of England.

A majority of Pakistan’s current batting line-up has limited experience of playing in English conditions as the upcoming tour is the first since the infamous campaign of 2010. Given the kind of conditions Pakistan will encounter in England and the form of bowlers like Stuart Broad and James Anderson, it will be a challenge for the batsmen to flourish.

Nevertheless, Mohsin has urged the current batsmen to look back to the performances of former legends and seize the opportunity to make a name for them. Mohsin himself entered the record books in 1982 when he smashed a double century at Lord’s against England, helping his team to a 10-wicket win in the second Test of the series. The 61-year-old said that the players must be given proper guidance about tackling the English conditions and added that the coach and the captain will have a key role to play.

"Every batting line-up in the world struggles in England because the ball swings but you have to manage that," Mohsin told PakPassion.net and added: "The likes of Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam and Aamir Sohail and I all performed tremendously in England; these were all Pakistani batsmen so it can be done.

He said: "It’s important for the coach and the captain to guide the players to ensure all efforts are made to succeed in England. I myself have scored a double hundred at Lord’s so it is possible to perform in English conditions for Pakistani batsmen. This is where you have to show guts because performing in England and performing in Australia is very difficult but Pakistani batsmen have performed there in the past.

"Every day a star is born so this is the feeling that should be given to the players, that they can become stars here. These are the incentives which should be given. Any batsman can perform in easy conditions but the classy ones are those that perform in difficult places," he added.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan will be the key performers for Pakistan in the tour of England and it will be imperative for the duo to fire in order for the team to have a chance to challenge the hosts. However, both Misbah and Younus are nearing the twilight of their careers and their impending retirements will surely dent the Pakistan batting line up.

Lamenting the fact that there are no proper replacements for Misbah and Younus, Mohsin revealed that he attempted to groom a few players during his tenure as the coach of Pakistan. "Misbah and Younis are very fit cricketers and there aren’t any replacements for them at the moment. I had planned to get three or four batsmen ready so there wouldn’t be a huge gap in the team when Misbah and Younis retired. But the current management haven’t introduced any new batsmen who fit that role; there has been no planning or preparation.

"When the chairman of the board isn’t even settled it becomes difficult to solve any problems further down the chain. I am a firm believer that you have to put things right at the top and then other things fall into place," he added. Most recently, Inzamam, after being appointed as the chief selector, dropped Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad from the training camp due to disciplinary issues.

Though Mohsin agrees with the steps taken by the selection committee, he questioned the team management which allowed such disciplinary issues to crop up in the first place. "I agree 100 per cent with all those involved in making the decision to exclude Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad. We should never compromise on discipline as it’s a matter of the prestige of our nation. However, the management should also be questioned as to why these two had such discipline problems under their watch. Discipline has been mentioned several times so why was it not dealt with before,” he questioned.

Speaking about his coaching tenure, Mohsin said: "I was coach of the team for three consecutive important series and can honestly say there was not a single disciplinary problem, on or off the field. So management need to be taken to task to explain why players were so in-disciplined?"

The decision to give speedster M Aamir a second chance at international cricket after his ban ended drew the ire of Mohsin. Amir, Salman Butt and M Asif have been cleared by the International Cricket Council to resume their international careers after they served their respective bans. While Aamir has made a successful return to the international team, Asif and Butt are currently playing in the domestic circuit.

Mohsin reasoned that by giving a second chance to the tainted players, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is setting a wrong example for the rest of the players. "The fact is that you as management are setting a bad example of discipline when you are bringing tainted players like Mohammad Amir back, or when you still have someone with a questionable background in charge. Where is the discipline now that you are bringing Amir back?”

"M Aamir, Salman Butt and M Asif insulted the dignity of Pakistan. People say they have served their sentence for five years which is fine but can that repair the dignity and honour of Pakistan? They should not be allowed to wear the Pakistan cap again. They can play first-class cricket in Pakistan or league cricket anywhere in the world to earn their livelihood but they should not represent Pakistan again," he added. Since the tour of England in 2010, England and Pakistan have played two Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan have won both the series in 2012 and 2015.