Derby, June 27 (MNN) Cricket is an out-and-out a spectator sport and Pakistan men’s cricket team Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq clearly knows it. He is looking forward to seeing spectators at the ground as their presence, he points out, always motivates the players in the field.
“We came here last year too, but when there are spectators at the ground, the atmosphere becomes different altogether and I can feel that.
“I am not sure whether we can go out or meet friends here but we are being in the quarantine for the last seven days which were tough days but we will start practice tomorrow,” he said.
He said that as a head coach, he would prefer to be in the lockdown, as it helps keep them together as a team, whether in a team room, meal room or at the ground.
“Last year when we came here, we were cut off from our families but the whole team became a family.
“England is always an important tour for us especially with the T20 World Cup just a few months away. We know England is a force in white-ball format so it is a big opportunity for us to play against them.”
The Head Coach is hopeful that seven-day practice in Derby will be very helpful for the players to regain their form.
“We must understand that form is not permanent so we will try to utilise this isolation time to bring back their (players) form.
“We are looking forward to a competitive cricket against the host nation. The good thing is that our bench strength is strong enough to counter any team in any conditions.