ISLAMABAD - Former cricket team chief selector and head coach Mohsin Hassan Khan has said that proper and clear-cut game plan can help Pakistan win the second ODI against Kiwis to end the World Cup preparations on a high note.

Talking to The Nation, Mohsin said: “The green caps need to enter the second and last ODI against New Zealand with clear-cut and proper game plan as it will be the last chance for them to overcome their mistakes before the much-awaited encounter against arch-rivals India in their opening match of the World Cup. There is an urgent need of adapting to the conditions while determination and motivation also required defeating the arch-rivals to create world cup history. I am quite hopeful the team will perform well in the world cup and deliver its best to lift the coveted trophy.”

Mohsin said there was no team planning witnessed in the warm-up matches and no one was moved within the team management after shocking defeats against second string New Zealand local sides. Had proper team planning made even after warm-up debacle, the team could have performed better in the first ODI against Black Caps. When the team management realised the situation was not good, they made some changes in game plan, which was completely missing in Pakistan team’s case.  He said he didn’t notice any game plan either in batting or bowling. “If I were the coach of the national team, I would have included Yasir Shah in at least 4 to 5 matches in UAE against Australia and New Zealand to give the youngster much-needed confidence, which would have helped him a great deal in the world cup. But the team management had other ideas, as they completely ignored Yasir which could harm the cause of national team in the mega event.”

The ex-chief selector said Pakistan bowling was already very weak and now exclusion of injured Juniad Khan would not help green caps cause at all in the world cup. “I am surprised the team management was fully aware of the biter reality that Saeed Ajmal action was not according to the ICC set criteria, and they wasted almost 3 to 4 months. Had they prepared his replacement well in time, the problems could have been sorted out some two months back, but no heed was paid in this regard. Junaid and Umar Gul injuries are self-created by the team management, as both were highly overused, which resulted in their injuries,” Mohsin concluded.