Coaching hopeful impressed with training players July 2, 2007

Lawson outlines plan for Pakistan

Cricinfo staff

Geoff Lawson was pleased with what he saw in Pakistan © AFP

Geoff Lawson delivered a strong message to the Pakistan squad about the hard work needed to make the team successful when he was interviewed for the coach's job. Lawson believes Dav Whatmore, the former Bangladesh mentor, is the favouite for the position, which is also being chased by Richard Done.

"I won't be surprised if I get it, I won't be surprised if I miss out," Lawson said in the Sydney Morning Herald. "I wouldn't have gone for the interview if I wasn't keen. It would be a terrific challenge. Dav is obviously the front-runner, but I told [the players] about the hard work that has to be done to make the team successful.

"I think they appreciate how the Australian approach to playing cricket is a successful one and that's what they're trying to tap into. I didn't chase the job, so there isn't much to lose if I don't get it."

Lawson said he was waiting to hear from the Pakistan Cricket Board about the appointment. When he went for the interview last month the players were at a training camp and Lawson was impressed with what he saw.

"Those internal games can sometimes be played at, how would you say, less than full intensity, but they were having a go," he said. "My impressions were very good. They were playing hard and they were playing with attitude. There's a lot of talent there to work with. It's an exciting prospect."