Alam calls for regular fielding camps for ‘butter-fingered’ Pak players

Monday, January 18, 2010

HOBART - Distraught with Pakistan’s poor fielding on the first day of third Test against Australia, Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam called for regular fielding camps at all major centres of the country.

“You need to hold fielding camps lasting for at least 15 days on a regular basis. You should have those camps in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and other major centres and all players should attend them,” The News quoted Alam, as saying.

Alam couldn’t believe it when Mohammad Aamer left a simple catch of Ricky Ponting, and he wasn’t surprised when the Aussie skipper went on to plunder the visiting attack on his way to 209 at the Bellerive Oval in front of jubilant home fans.

“You can’t expect to win matches after dropping such simple catches. It’s true that we are losing Tests again and again but the problem remains the same and that’s our poor fielding,” he added.

Alam believes that unless the team improves its fielding it will be unable to produce positive results on the Test arena.

“You should have better fielding skills, you should have better catching skills. For that our players will have to take fielding very seriously. Unfortunately, back in Pakistan nobody is doing that,” he said.

Pakistan have dropped more than two dozen catches on the twin Test tours of New Zealand and Australia this season and their players are now routinely described as “butter-fingered” by the local media. (ANI)

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