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'U-19 WC showed the huge gap between India and Pak players'

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Known for his scatching remarks, legendary has said that the recent ICC U-19 match between and had highlighted the huge gulf in talent between cricketers of both the countries. Terming Virat Kohli as best in the world, Miandad, who appeared in 124 Tests in an illustrious career, rued the absence of players of the captain's calibre in "Winning and losing is part of the game but when I watched the semi-final I could see the gap between the two teams in terms of game sense, professionalism and system," he told "One main reason for that is Virat Kohli. He is without doubt the best today. He has the technique and temperament and approach to get runs anywhere.

We are not producing players of his calibre for a number of reasons," Miandad said. Lamenting that in the past used to produce more world class players than other countries including India, the former pointed out that was lagging behind because of the non-professional attitude of the Board (PCB). "They don't seem to understand the importance of U-19 or domestic Their main focus is the PSL. But even for the PSL to become better and greater, we need to first salvage our system," he said. He said substandard pitches and absence of any long-term plan or incentive to produce batsmen of calibre had hit hard. "We won out of nowhere. It was a great performance and it injected life into in But we manage to do this only because of our raw talent. "Just imagine if that talent is groomed through a proper selection system and in a strong system what we can achieve," he said. Miandad, who also coached the team in three different terms, said there was no control over expenses in the PCB and there were number of employees who were doing nothing and getting heavy salaries. "To make matters worse present cricketers, I don't think are spending enough time individually on sharpening their skills. Fitness is very important but so is working on one's skill level," he said. "Kohli has improved over the years and one can see he works hard individually on his game.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 17:55 IST