Javed sees potential in Black Caps ODI squad

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 05:00 17/01/2014
Aaqib Javed
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KEEN EYE: Former Pakistan cricketer and current United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed is in New Zealand for the World Cup qualifying tournament and is keeping his eye on a Black Caps side he expects to go well in next year's event.

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Pakistan 1992 World Cup winner Aaqib Javed has urged the New Zealand Cricket selectors to decide on their core group for next year's tournament and persist with them.

Javed is in New Zealand as coach of the United Arab Emirates side for the World Cup qualifying tournament, where 10 teams are vying for the last two spots in next year's World Cup proper.

The former fast bowler, who has previously been assistant and bowling coach of the Pakistan national team, was against teams experimenting too much, a year out from the World Cup, and said consistency was vital.

"The good teams always pick their best bunch of 16 to 18 players.

"This is the peak time for New Zealand to pick their best 18 players and stick with them and back them.

"In my playing and coaching experience, belief is the most important part and clarity of mind as a player and team management."

Javed had been keeping an eye on New Zealand's progress and said he liked the potential of their squad.

He said they boasted several explosive batsmen in Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson and Jesse Ryder, who could take the game away from the opposition with the bat.

Javed was also impressed by young quick Adam Milne, who he first saw when he debuted in Pakistan four years ago.

He said the New Zealand side had a similar look to their 1992 counterparts and suggested they could be a contender at home if they got on a winning run.

"It's good to see pace [with their bowling] and aggression in their batting. In the coming World Cup, if you look at the New Zealand team and how they are progressing, there can be the same performance to what they did in 1992."

Javed was optimistic about Pakistan's prospects. He said there was nothing wrong with their bowling attack but he was worried about their lack of experienced batsmen outside Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. "They need to work on their batting. If they can fix that a bit, I think they could have a good chance."

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