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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Lanka talks the talk

The likes of Marvan Atapattu and Chaminda Vaas heard from, on the appointment of Tom Moody as national coach. Vaas, who has some experience of Moody from having been part of the Worcestershire side, believes the new coach can help Lanka achieve its immediate objective of moving one notch up the ODI ladder, in the process displacing Australia from the top slot.
Elsewhere, Bob Woolmer -- one among the array of new coaches whose performance will be watched almost as keenly as that of their respective sides -- doesn't sound too happy with the way Pakistan performed in the first Test against the Windies. We will do better, he says -- damned if I can see how Pakistan could do any worse, anyways.
Pak has one plus going for it -- Inzy is back, which puts some beef (literally and figuratively) in the middle order. And it has one big minus -- the inter-personal squabbles that are a bane of Pak sides down the ages is back, and seemingly worse than ever though Woolmer played down the Afridi-Inzy-Younis showdown as a minor misunderstanding.
The players concerned have, we are told, all apologised to one another, and Inzy is on record as saying he has no problems with Younis -- which is what he said after the fisticuffs between the two players during the World Cup campaign.


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