Former Pakistan skipper and coach Waqar Younis has said that sub-continental teams need to get used to overseas conditions in order to register series wins abroad. He kept this point especially highlighting the recent England tours of India and Pakistan.
While India lost the series 4-1, Pakistan won drew 1-1. Speaking to Gulf News in Dubai, Waqar said: “Indian and Pakistan are very good one-day sides, they produce thrillers. They should perform well in conditions abroad too.”
“I think they need to prepare a little bit better because especially when you go to England you have to play against a moving ball. You need to be there early and get used to it.”
“Nowadays, the present schedule don’t get teams enough time. It’s important for BCCI to maybe send the team two to three weeks early and play matches. If they did they would have done it would have made a made a huge difference,” he added.
Speaking about his playing days and playing in overseas conditions, Waqar said it is important to play practice games to get adjusted to the situations. “You are straight away into the Test match that is why you get exposed. English bowlers are very used to their own conditions and it is very hard. Doesn’t matter if you are a Virat Kohli or Shikhar Dhawan or any big names but if you are not used to conditions, it can be tough.”
He concluded by speaking about England's problems when the tour the subcontinent saying “Likewise when they (England) come to India on spinning conditions, they struggle. So I think if India or Pakistan want to win especially in England they have to go early. They need to plan the tour better and maybe send the team two or three weeks early and play some side games. It’s been a while they have won in England.”