New age July 16, 2007

Henry I, the Australian King of Pakistan

Now, by all accounts, Geoff "Henry" Lawson, has been chosen to wear the crown of thorns
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When Bob Woolmer died, the world's media venomously declared that no foreigner would coach Pakistan again. Dr Nasim Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan board, prematurely decided on a local man. But when the shortlist was revealed, it exclusively comprised foreigners--all Australians. Dav Whatmore suffered the fate of a favourite; his enemies conspired to bring about his fall while rumours circulated that Pakistan's players would not like his hard work ethic.

Now, by all accounts, Geoff "Henry" Lawson, has been chosen to wear the crown of thorns. Being a classically tough Australian paceman, he might just relish the pricks he will encounter. Let's hope so. This is a time for optimism and good wishes.

Lawson's great strength is that he has made a success of leading with a positive attitude. Pakistan cricket has been least successful when in its defensive moods before Imran Khan and after Wasim Akram. His advantage over Pakistan's other foreign coaches--and his competitors this time around--is that he has most recently played international cricket. He also lives and breathes the Australian way, which has become the road all other cricket nations now seek.

Problems remain. The language barrier requires an effective strategy; poor communication is the root of much disunity. Lawson is an untried coach at the international level, hence this is as much an experiment for him as it is for Pakistan. Most importantly, the PCB is yet to prove that it can support a professional coach with the required framework, management style, and wisdom.

But Lawson, a qualified optometrist, is familiar with recognising and treating myopia. From a tearaway fast bowler with a long, angular run; he has become a thoughtful and respected commentator on the game. All his statements during the convoluted selection process have demonstrated a well-considered enthusiasm for his new job.

Lawson's first task will be to revive Pakistan for the Twenty20 World Cup, a tournament that Pakistan will be expected to do well in. The longer objectives will be to improve Pakistan's performance in Australia, South Africa, and England, leading to the next World Cup, which has become the benchmark of a coach's success.

But many an enthusiast has been broken by the calamitous nature of Asian cricket. King Henry, for Pakistan's sake, must fare better.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Farookh Khan on August 13, 2007, 17:06 GMT

    This is really bad choice. Lawson is not what Pakistan needs, the only reason why I think PCB have picked Lawson is that because he is white skin. Are we pakistani that insecure that we hate our own brown skin?

  • rext on July 26, 2007, 8:02 GMT

    Javed Khan is a goose who loves the souns of his own voice! Of course, like any top level coach Geoff Lawson must bring his own team to his role! How can anyone coach and be the boss, as he must be, without support staff who understand his philosophy and share an understanding of his methods and goals? In what other International sport does a new coach not hand select his support staff Javed? And if you tell an Australian he is merely an employee of the PCB as you suggest, what do you think his response will be? For all your verbose pomposity you actually understand very little of human nature, International Sport, or Australia! Give us all a break from your sermons for a while and accept that nobody actually cares what you think!!!

  • Awas on July 25, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    khansahab(A.A.Khan)

    Humm…but no, I still don’t agree or perhaps we can agree to disagree.

    On the subject of lifestyle, I think we are on common ground here. I have also commented on numerous occasions on this topic. Any lifestyle is personal to each person and that should not come in the way of cricket.

    What I don’t agree is the misconception by some that Laswon is feeble compared to Whatmore. I backed that up with comments from cricket personalities who know Lawson and also with Imran’s comments. Briefly the words to describe Lawson were: “aggressive and positive” and “perfect fit”, “tough guy”. Mind you, if you don’t mind me saying, your “easy going” tag is only an opinion without the backing of any evidence.

    It wasn’t the case of “players choosing their own coach” as how you construed it. In my first posting, I mentioned the encounter in Ahmadabad and him knowing some of the players in his role as a commentator. We all find we can relate with some people better than others. This is human nature. That seems to me more of a case here than a choice between an “easygoing” one and a tough one.

    On “student/teacher” scenario, I can only repeat what I said in my first posting. Pakistan team is not a bunch of juveniles. Do we really need a matron to discipline them?

    Whatmore to me was more of an opportunist and more interested in getting re-employed.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on July 25, 2007, 20:22 GMT

    Even before the arrival of their new coach Geoff Lawson, the Pakistan team is preparing hard for the twenty20 World Cup, which is a good sign. The next 12 matches are scheduled in Karachi. I am not sure if the wicket in Karachi is gonna be hard and bouncy like the SA wickets, if not, then its not gonna help the cause much. No matter how hard the team works in the nets or go into drills and fielding sessions there is nothing like a real match that improves and build a player's confidence. The next 12 matches will not only give some confidence to the players but, it will also help them sort out their problems. Shoaib Akhtar is back but, he seems to be giving away too many runs. In the previous two matches, he took 1 for 36 and none for 36 in the alloted 4 overs, which in my view is very expensive. Au contraire, Shahid Afridi has taken 1 for 8, 2 for 24 and 3 for 18 in the last three matches which is very good for a twenty20 match where you have only 4 overs and players are there to hit you out of the ground, especially if you are a leg spinner.

    The point to see here is whether Afridi would be playing up in the batting order or they don't want to take any chances. According to Khansahab (who is always anti-Afridi & anti-Shoaib Akhtar mainly 'coz of their life styles) "Afridi only gives a match-winning performance every fifth or sixth match he plays."

    By khansahab's assessment and based on his own calculations, if a player is singlehandedly winning the match every 5th or 6th time he plays is not enough. I would like to ask him what are his expectations? Should he be scoring a century in each innings? Creating and breaking world records in every single match he plays? Hitting 'sixes and sevens' or "set on cinque and sice" ? Gimme a break, tell me which other player in terms of percentages has singlehandedly won more matches for their team? For Pakistan there is another guy whom once again, "malheursement", khansahab hates because of his life style and that is Inzamam ul Haq. Inzi too has won so many matches for Pakistan singlehandedly. I have not approved of Inzi's captaincy and his choice of team selection or the batting order that he used to choose. But, as far as his batting prowess is concerned he is one hell of a player Pakistan has produced and of course no one can ignore Javed Miandad the great.

  • Muhammad Asif on July 25, 2007, 14:44 GMT

    Only for the people who are quite gelus about Punjab. Read carefully a few lines from one of our current fast bowlers:

    Q; How is it that Pakistan manages to produce a steady stream of fast bowlers? India is not that far away, just across the border, and they seem to struggle. A; India has always produced batsmen and Pakistan have had strong bowling attacks. In Pakistan, especially from Punjab, fast bowlers come through. I don't know what it is about Punjab. But the aggression and physicality you need to be a fast bowler, that's something you see in people from Punjab. Maybe it's the diet plan, what you eat, what you drink. I don't know what it is but they're strong people.

  • WASIM SAQIB on July 25, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    AWAS

    We all know that PCB has already appointed Lawson but I don't see any harm in criticizing a bad decision, its true we live in a global world and the word global has become obsolete,but countries only import what they don't have or what they don't produce,you cannot justify importing an inferior product it will only result in waste of resources. Foreign coaches are being appointed primarily because of two reasons:

    1 It is assumed that they will bring new technology and computer aided coaching techniques to Pakistan which domestic coaches are not familiar with.

    2 Domestic coaches somehow are linked with groupings in the team and it is assumed they are not respected.

    Both arguments are baseless,Pakistan have always reached at least the semifinals of the WC under domestic coaches without any fancy coaching techniques.Under the foreign coaches on both occasions we were eliminated in the first round. PCB's decision making is not result oriented so I don't see why we can't criticize it.

    It is the duty of the management to control the rogue elements in the team and to eliminate politics in the team if they can't do it then its their fault ou cannot blame the coach for it. BTW under BOB woolmer we witnessed the worst team politics,a lot of young promising players their careers were sacrificed because the foreign coach didn't had the courage to speak against senior players and the PCB management. When Miandad spoke against selectors and the management for not selecting the right team it was considered as politics remember the altercation between Miandad and Aamir Sohail.

    The article in daily News is too vague and does not prove anything its true that several sports journalists have written in support of Lawson,that he is aggressive and blah blah blah. But the fact still remains that he does not have any proven International Coaching experience and his appointment was clearly as a result of Player power and Mr Talat Ali's statement who is increasingly becoming a suspicious character as the timing of his statement and the way he released the statement in media is quite suspicious in itself. I agree with Khansahab that pakistan will remain the #3 team in the rankings just based on the existing talent and not because of the dummy coach.

    We expect miracles from Miandad which is wrong he was handed a new and inexperienced team and he did improved a lot of players some of them have become an integral part of the team.Can you quote me a few young players who were groomed by BOB woolmer or any player who quoted that his batting or bowling techinque was improved by him.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on July 24, 2007, 23:14 GMT

    Lawsons appointment as the coach is really good because I have always believed that the aggressive nature of Australlians suit the pakistani style. Ours is a good with attacking players and Lawson might find it easy to hone their abilities to bring out the best in them, unlike the Indian who could not benefit the aggressive nature of Greg Chappel.

    Now about the support staff, I think the coach has the right to sellect his own team of support staff after all he will be the one who will be answerable so the PCB has taken a right decession in this regard. Now about the batting and bowling coach, I feel that we do not need a bowling coach as Lawson himself was a classic fast bowler so engaging Aqib as a bowling coach may well create a mess up. As regards batting coach, well we may need one who is capable to produce results and not just to fill up the gap and Haroon to me looks unsuitable in this regard. My choice for this job would either be Amir Sohail or Saeed Anwar for they were a class act during their days and Amir in perticular fits very well for this job. He is a no nonsence guy and also is a hard task master and we need some one like that in there.

    I think the PCB should re think about the bowling and batting coach(some thing they never do) failing which this will be another excersise in futility.

    Pakigreen

  • khansahab(A.A.Khan) on July 24, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    Awas,

    Thanks for your message. I understand where you’re coming from but I stick by my original comments. I have come to the conclusion that some of our players, like many individuals that belong to our country of origin, need a taskmaster and discipline freak to correct their discipline and general attitude.

    Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi are two matchwinners but Shoaib is only available half the times whereas Afridi only gives a match-winning performance every fifth or sixth match he plays. Afridi has improved as a bowler but Pakistan has not got a shortage of better bowlers than Afridi. You can call Afridi a “bowling all-rounder” to justify his selection in the ODI side but Afridi’s real value to the team comes from clean hitting and making runs in quick time. These two players have not listened to anyone yet to sort their attitude out. Whatmore seemed like the person who could instill some responsibility in them. In any event he would have been more demanding than PCB officials or any other foreign coach. I need to choose my words carefully now but you are probably aware of one of the reservations I have with people like Inzamam, Yousuf and Afridi’s choice of lifestyle in international cricket. In my opinion that choice of lifestyle contributed significantly to the World Cup humiliation we faced. I would have preferred Whatmore to intervene and convince some of these players to get their priorities right as international cricketers. Lawson does not seem to me an individual who can help remedy this problem.

    There are three ways for a coach to deal with a problem with a player. Either the coach identifies the problem and adopts the easy going way like Woolmer did, which did not help. Or the coach can identify the problem and leave the matter alone with the player, citing that the player will automatically improve over time. Coaches have done that with our openers and also with Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi, but that has not helped as well. The third way to deal with the situation is to adopt an assertive stance, identify the problem and pressurise the player into sorting his problem out. If the player adopts a disobedient stance in return he should be reprimanded or sacked. Why do we have such a laid back culture in Pakistan? Look at what Greg Chappell did with Ganguly, Ganguly’s short-lived descent damaged his ego but brought him to his senses. The result is that he is now in better form than the other giants of the Indian batting line-up- Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Look at coaches around the world; no nonsense is tolerated and players are replaced readily. Now you can’t say that other countries have a better domestic structure so they can get quality players to replace out of form players easily, because we currently DO have a good stock of batsmen (Asim Kamal, Yasir Hameed, Fawad Alam, Misbah, Shahid Yousuf, Babar Naeem etc), bowlers (Shahid Nazir, Anwar Ali, Abdul Rauf, Mohammad Irshad, Najaf Shah, Tahir Khan, Abdur Rehman, Mansoor Amjad) as well as a wicketkeeper (Zulqernain) who can act as able replacements. What is so grand about letting the players choose their coach? Students always prefer easy going and malleable teachers to strict disciplinarians. An easy going teacher may be better than a strict taskmaster at a given time, but in this current context I think they need some toughie to help ameliorate their consistency.

  • Nadeem Shafee on July 24, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    For contract Domicile is a matter.

    Once again sorry for Asim Kamal, Khalid Latif, Anwar Ali, Khurrum Manzoor and Fawad Alam.

    Nadeem UK

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on July 24, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    Lawson & his Paraphernalia.

    Dr. Nasim Ashraf in his latest appearance at a press conference snubbed and rejected the questions posed by the media that Haroon Rashid and Aaqib Javed have already been appointed by the Board as the batting and bowling coaches respectively.

    He said, "certainly, Lawson will have a big role in selection of the team's new support staff including trainer, physiotherapist and perhaps batting and bowling coaches," Also, that "Lawson shall not be impeded by the PCB in choosing his support staff."

    This is ridiculous, because one can understand that perhaps the trainer or the physiotherapist should be of his choice and thats why I have used this word, "paraphernalia". But, to expand his role or to give him the honour of choosing the batting and bowling coaches as well is absolutely preposterous and laughable, because Lawson does not know any of them. So on what basis he is going to recommend the PCB? The PCB should not act like a neuter organization, they must have a body and a spine of their own to stand up to tell Lawson that we shall provide you the following batting and bowling coaches to assist you, c'est ca. This will have a dual edge effect on Lawson:

    1. It should not get into his head that he is really being treated like Henry I, the Australian King of Pakistan. After all he is a paid employee and he must be provided with a job description rather than crowning him and giving him a license to kill from the outset.

    2. A batting and bowling coach appointed by Lawson's approval and with his nod will not be effective at all. He should be made to understand that he has to work with them rather than working like a boss. The PCB must distance itself from petty coaching matters and leave the job for the respective coaches to work together and gel like a team, it will have a better effect in managing the players as a team and in producing better results, as the local coaches will not be under so much pressure to agree with Lawson in every matter, it will create a balance and check for Lawson, which will be more useful and productive for the team.

    The selection of the bowling and batting coaches must be on merit. I hope the rumour of Haroon and Aaqib is just a rumour and not a deliberate ruse from the PCB to see public and media reaction. In my opinion Haroon Rashid does not deserve any post at the national level. He was neither a good batsman nor he has any credentials of coaching at any level. Without any hesitation I can say that ALL of the current Pakistani batsmen already possess better technique than Haroon and are better batsmen than Haroon Rasheed. So, whats the need of keeping a pawn like him in the system? If Haroon needs to satisfy his desire to coach the youngsters, he should go and start an academy like Aaqib.

    As regards Aaqib Javed, the reason the PCB wants him there is only to fulfill a requirement, perhaps they know that Aaqib can adapt himself better than Waqar and Wasim. W&W are much superior than Lawson in every respect and they will not accept to work under Lawson. Therefore, the PCB must think twice before appointing a bowling coach, it should not be for name sake only. If they wish to appoint Aaqib Javed, they must do so honorably and it should not be with Lawson's approval so that he doesn't work like a proverbial second fiddle.

  • Farookh Khan on August 13, 2007, 17:06 GMT

    This is really bad choice. Lawson is not what Pakistan needs, the only reason why I think PCB have picked Lawson is that because he is white skin. Are we pakistani that insecure that we hate our own brown skin?

  • rext on July 26, 2007, 8:02 GMT

    Javed Khan is a goose who loves the souns of his own voice! Of course, like any top level coach Geoff Lawson must bring his own team to his role! How can anyone coach and be the boss, as he must be, without support staff who understand his philosophy and share an understanding of his methods and goals? In what other International sport does a new coach not hand select his support staff Javed? And if you tell an Australian he is merely an employee of the PCB as you suggest, what do you think his response will be? For all your verbose pomposity you actually understand very little of human nature, International Sport, or Australia! Give us all a break from your sermons for a while and accept that nobody actually cares what you think!!!

  • Awas on July 25, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    khansahab(A.A.Khan)

    Humm…but no, I still don’t agree or perhaps we can agree to disagree.

    On the subject of lifestyle, I think we are on common ground here. I have also commented on numerous occasions on this topic. Any lifestyle is personal to each person and that should not come in the way of cricket.

    What I don’t agree is the misconception by some that Laswon is feeble compared to Whatmore. I backed that up with comments from cricket personalities who know Lawson and also with Imran’s comments. Briefly the words to describe Lawson were: “aggressive and positive” and “perfect fit”, “tough guy”. Mind you, if you don’t mind me saying, your “easy going” tag is only an opinion without the backing of any evidence.

    It wasn’t the case of “players choosing their own coach” as how you construed it. In my first posting, I mentioned the encounter in Ahmadabad and him knowing some of the players in his role as a commentator. We all find we can relate with some people better than others. This is human nature. That seems to me more of a case here than a choice between an “easygoing” one and a tough one.

    On “student/teacher” scenario, I can only repeat what I said in my first posting. Pakistan team is not a bunch of juveniles. Do we really need a matron to discipline them?

    Whatmore to me was more of an opportunist and more interested in getting re-employed.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on July 25, 2007, 20:22 GMT

    Even before the arrival of their new coach Geoff Lawson, the Pakistan team is preparing hard for the twenty20 World Cup, which is a good sign. The next 12 matches are scheduled in Karachi. I am not sure if the wicket in Karachi is gonna be hard and bouncy like the SA wickets, if not, then its not gonna help the cause much. No matter how hard the team works in the nets or go into drills and fielding sessions there is nothing like a real match that improves and build a player's confidence. The next 12 matches will not only give some confidence to the players but, it will also help them sort out their problems. Shoaib Akhtar is back but, he seems to be giving away too many runs. In the previous two matches, he took 1 for 36 and none for 36 in the alloted 4 overs, which in my view is very expensive. Au contraire, Shahid Afridi has taken 1 for 8, 2 for 24 and 3 for 18 in the last three matches which is very good for a twenty20 match where you have only 4 overs and players are there to hit you out of the ground, especially if you are a leg spinner.

    The point to see here is whether Afridi would be playing up in the batting order or they don't want to take any chances. According to Khansahab (who is always anti-Afridi & anti-Shoaib Akhtar mainly 'coz of their life styles) "Afridi only gives a match-winning performance every fifth or sixth match he plays."

    By khansahab's assessment and based on his own calculations, if a player is singlehandedly winning the match every 5th or 6th time he plays is not enough. I would like to ask him what are his expectations? Should he be scoring a century in each innings? Creating and breaking world records in every single match he plays? Hitting 'sixes and sevens' or "set on cinque and sice" ? Gimme a break, tell me which other player in terms of percentages has singlehandedly won more matches for their team? For Pakistan there is another guy whom once again, "malheursement", khansahab hates because of his life style and that is Inzamam ul Haq. Inzi too has won so many matches for Pakistan singlehandedly. I have not approved of Inzi's captaincy and his choice of team selection or the batting order that he used to choose. But, as far as his batting prowess is concerned he is one hell of a player Pakistan has produced and of course no one can ignore Javed Miandad the great.

  • Muhammad Asif on July 25, 2007, 14:44 GMT

    Only for the people who are quite gelus about Punjab. Read carefully a few lines from one of our current fast bowlers:

    Q; How is it that Pakistan manages to produce a steady stream of fast bowlers? India is not that far away, just across the border, and they seem to struggle. A; India has always produced batsmen and Pakistan have had strong bowling attacks. In Pakistan, especially from Punjab, fast bowlers come through. I don't know what it is about Punjab. But the aggression and physicality you need to be a fast bowler, that's something you see in people from Punjab. Maybe it's the diet plan, what you eat, what you drink. I don't know what it is but they're strong people.

  • WASIM SAQIB on July 25, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    AWAS

    We all know that PCB has already appointed Lawson but I don't see any harm in criticizing a bad decision, its true we live in a global world and the word global has become obsolete,but countries only import what they don't have or what they don't produce,you cannot justify importing an inferior product it will only result in waste of resources. Foreign coaches are being appointed primarily because of two reasons:

    1 It is assumed that they will bring new technology and computer aided coaching techniques to Pakistan which domestic coaches are not familiar with.

    2 Domestic coaches somehow are linked with groupings in the team and it is assumed they are not respected.

    Both arguments are baseless,Pakistan have always reached at least the semifinals of the WC under domestic coaches without any fancy coaching techniques.Under the foreign coaches on both occasions we were eliminated in the first round. PCB's decision making is not result oriented so I don't see why we can't criticize it.

    It is the duty of the management to control the rogue elements in the team and to eliminate politics in the team if they can't do it then its their fault ou cannot blame the coach for it. BTW under BOB woolmer we witnessed the worst team politics,a lot of young promising players their careers were sacrificed because the foreign coach didn't had the courage to speak against senior players and the PCB management. When Miandad spoke against selectors and the management for not selecting the right team it was considered as politics remember the altercation between Miandad and Aamir Sohail.

    The article in daily News is too vague and does not prove anything its true that several sports journalists have written in support of Lawson,that he is aggressive and blah blah blah. But the fact still remains that he does not have any proven International Coaching experience and his appointment was clearly as a result of Player power and Mr Talat Ali's statement who is increasingly becoming a suspicious character as the timing of his statement and the way he released the statement in media is quite suspicious in itself. I agree with Khansahab that pakistan will remain the #3 team in the rankings just based on the existing talent and not because of the dummy coach.

    We expect miracles from Miandad which is wrong he was handed a new and inexperienced team and he did improved a lot of players some of them have become an integral part of the team.Can you quote me a few young players who were groomed by BOB woolmer or any player who quoted that his batting or bowling techinque was improved by him.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on July 24, 2007, 23:14 GMT

    Lawsons appointment as the coach is really good because I have always believed that the aggressive nature of Australlians suit the pakistani style. Ours is a good with attacking players and Lawson might find it easy to hone their abilities to bring out the best in them, unlike the Indian who could not benefit the aggressive nature of Greg Chappel.

    Now about the support staff, I think the coach has the right to sellect his own team of support staff after all he will be the one who will be answerable so the PCB has taken a right decession in this regard. Now about the batting and bowling coach, I feel that we do not need a bowling coach as Lawson himself was a classic fast bowler so engaging Aqib as a bowling coach may well create a mess up. As regards batting coach, well we may need one who is capable to produce results and not just to fill up the gap and Haroon to me looks unsuitable in this regard. My choice for this job would either be Amir Sohail or Saeed Anwar for they were a class act during their days and Amir in perticular fits very well for this job. He is a no nonsence guy and also is a hard task master and we need some one like that in there.

    I think the PCB should re think about the bowling and batting coach(some thing they never do) failing which this will be another excersise in futility.

    Pakigreen

  • khansahab(A.A.Khan) on July 24, 2007, 20:57 GMT

    Awas,

    Thanks for your message. I understand where you’re coming from but I stick by my original comments. I have come to the conclusion that some of our players, like many individuals that belong to our country of origin, need a taskmaster and discipline freak to correct their discipline and general attitude.

    Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi are two matchwinners but Shoaib is only available half the times whereas Afridi only gives a match-winning performance every fifth or sixth match he plays. Afridi has improved as a bowler but Pakistan has not got a shortage of better bowlers than Afridi. You can call Afridi a “bowling all-rounder” to justify his selection in the ODI side but Afridi’s real value to the team comes from clean hitting and making runs in quick time. These two players have not listened to anyone yet to sort their attitude out. Whatmore seemed like the person who could instill some responsibility in them. In any event he would have been more demanding than PCB officials or any other foreign coach. I need to choose my words carefully now but you are probably aware of one of the reservations I have with people like Inzamam, Yousuf and Afridi’s choice of lifestyle in international cricket. In my opinion that choice of lifestyle contributed significantly to the World Cup humiliation we faced. I would have preferred Whatmore to intervene and convince some of these players to get their priorities right as international cricketers. Lawson does not seem to me an individual who can help remedy this problem.

    There are three ways for a coach to deal with a problem with a player. Either the coach identifies the problem and adopts the easy going way like Woolmer did, which did not help. Or the coach can identify the problem and leave the matter alone with the player, citing that the player will automatically improve over time. Coaches have done that with our openers and also with Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi, but that has not helped as well. The third way to deal with the situation is to adopt an assertive stance, identify the problem and pressurise the player into sorting his problem out. If the player adopts a disobedient stance in return he should be reprimanded or sacked. Why do we have such a laid back culture in Pakistan? Look at what Greg Chappell did with Ganguly, Ganguly’s short-lived descent damaged his ego but brought him to his senses. The result is that he is now in better form than the other giants of the Indian batting line-up- Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Look at coaches around the world; no nonsense is tolerated and players are replaced readily. Now you can’t say that other countries have a better domestic structure so they can get quality players to replace out of form players easily, because we currently DO have a good stock of batsmen (Asim Kamal, Yasir Hameed, Fawad Alam, Misbah, Shahid Yousuf, Babar Naeem etc), bowlers (Shahid Nazir, Anwar Ali, Abdul Rauf, Mohammad Irshad, Najaf Shah, Tahir Khan, Abdur Rehman, Mansoor Amjad) as well as a wicketkeeper (Zulqernain) who can act as able replacements. What is so grand about letting the players choose their coach? Students always prefer easy going and malleable teachers to strict disciplinarians. An easy going teacher may be better than a strict taskmaster at a given time, but in this current context I think they need some toughie to help ameliorate their consistency.

  • Nadeem Shafee on July 24, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    For contract Domicile is a matter.

    Once again sorry for Asim Kamal, Khalid Latif, Anwar Ali, Khurrum Manzoor and Fawad Alam.

    Nadeem UK

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on July 24, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    Lawson & his Paraphernalia.

    Dr. Nasim Ashraf in his latest appearance at a press conference snubbed and rejected the questions posed by the media that Haroon Rashid and Aaqib Javed have already been appointed by the Board as the batting and bowling coaches respectively.

    He said, "certainly, Lawson will have a big role in selection of the team's new support staff including trainer, physiotherapist and perhaps batting and bowling coaches," Also, that "Lawson shall not be impeded by the PCB in choosing his support staff."

    This is ridiculous, because one can understand that perhaps the trainer or the physiotherapist should be of his choice and thats why I have used this word, "paraphernalia". But, to expand his role or to give him the honour of choosing the batting and bowling coaches as well is absolutely preposterous and laughable, because Lawson does not know any of them. So on what basis he is going to recommend the PCB? The PCB should not act like a neuter organization, they must have a body and a spine of their own to stand up to tell Lawson that we shall provide you the following batting and bowling coaches to assist you, c'est ca. This will have a dual edge effect on Lawson:

    1. It should not get into his head that he is really being treated like Henry I, the Australian King of Pakistan. After all he is a paid employee and he must be provided with a job description rather than crowning him and giving him a license to kill from the outset.

    2. A batting and bowling coach appointed by Lawson's approval and with his nod will not be effective at all. He should be made to understand that he has to work with them rather than working like a boss. The PCB must distance itself from petty coaching matters and leave the job for the respective coaches to work together and gel like a team, it will have a better effect in managing the players as a team and in producing better results, as the local coaches will not be under so much pressure to agree with Lawson in every matter, it will create a balance and check for Lawson, which will be more useful and productive for the team.

    The selection of the bowling and batting coaches must be on merit. I hope the rumour of Haroon and Aaqib is just a rumour and not a deliberate ruse from the PCB to see public and media reaction. In my opinion Haroon Rashid does not deserve any post at the national level. He was neither a good batsman nor he has any credentials of coaching at any level. Without any hesitation I can say that ALL of the current Pakistani batsmen already possess better technique than Haroon and are better batsmen than Haroon Rasheed. So, whats the need of keeping a pawn like him in the system? If Haroon needs to satisfy his desire to coach the youngsters, he should go and start an academy like Aaqib.

    As regards Aaqib Javed, the reason the PCB wants him there is only to fulfill a requirement, perhaps they know that Aaqib can adapt himself better than Waqar and Wasim. W&W are much superior than Lawson in every respect and they will not accept to work under Lawson. Therefore, the PCB must think twice before appointing a bowling coach, it should not be for name sake only. If they wish to appoint Aaqib Javed, they must do so honorably and it should not be with Lawson's approval so that he doesn't work like a proverbial second fiddle.

  • Muhammad Asif on July 23, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    The coach at national level is not something similar to the coaching acadamies where you send your kids or once you were there. The poking of our batsmen to the deliveries going past them is their batting style & that can't be changed. They inherit this style from the pitches where they play most of the time. So you have to provide them similar coditions in your domestic cricket where ball seams.... If you wanna our batsmen to be universal batsmen....i.e; they can adjust their game with all kind of pitches & conditions just like Tennis......

  • khansahab(A.A.Khan) on July 23, 2007, 12:42 GMT

    Some people are defending Lawson’s appointment on the basis that it will bolster Pakistan’s bowling attack which is justifiable on accounts of bowling being Pakistan’s strength. That view is not commendable.

    When you want a side to perform BETTER you need to focus on its weak sides, not on its strength, unless you have players like Wasim and Waqar who will always grant you wickets on a plate. We have Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif who have good strike rates but the problem is that the former is only available half the times and the latter loses his efficacy when the ball gets worn out and does not swing. I have said numerous times that Pakistan has the talent to remain the third or fourth best team in the world even without coaching or good openers. The reason why Pakistan needs specialist coaching and the reason why we share ideas on this blog is because we want to ameliorate the team’s standing in world cricket. The benchmark has to be Australia, not India or Sri Lanka.

    If Pakistan is to become the number one side, or to become a forceful opposition against Australia, then it needs to remedy its opening troubles and improve its fielding. We will just have to accept that for one reason or the other, we currently just don’t have players like Saeed Anwar, Wasim, Waqar, Moin Khan etc who used to give their 100% in every match. I can say with reasonable conviction that if Pakistan remedies its opening problem it will become the best side in ODI’s (because Australia don’t have Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne anymore) and if Pakistan improves its opening and fielding both it will become the best Test side too.

    Tayyab stated that Salman Butt can bat on bouncy, seaming pitches. Apart from a solitary century against Australia I don’t ever recall Butt demonstrating the ability to play the swinging ball. In fact his main weakness is the delivery which swings from middle stump towards off or just outside off. Also, Pakistan may have historically won on their bowling strength but firstly they always needed a CONSISTENT batsman to complement the efficacy of their bowlers (Miandad during the time of Sarfraz Nawaz/Imran Khan) and in the time of Wasim and Waqar, Pakistan had a great opener in Saeed Anwar.. Sadly Pakistan does not have a Miandad or Saeed Anwar now. Yousuf is our best batsman at the moment but he also suffers from inconsistency time and again. Secondly, Pakistan has only been the no 1 team once or twice. It has always experienced overwhelming opposition from Australia. If Pakistan needs to be a top team it definitely needs to bolster its batting. As stated earlier Pakistan does not have Wasim and Waqar or Saqlain (how he used to be in his prime) who could defend small targets successfully.

    As far as the solution to the current opening crises goes, I have stated many times that the simple answer is to sack all the specialist openers and use Malik and Yousuf in their position, following the example of how middle order players around the world have promoted themselves to the opening pair to help their team (Lara, Chanderpaul, Vaughan, Kallis, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Sangakarra, Atapattu, Ponting, Fleming etc). When people ask who will take the position of Malik and Yousuf in the middle order, the answer is that we now have good players like Asim Kamal, Misbah, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Hafeez, Fawad Alam, Shahid Yousuf, Babar Naeem etc who are all capable batsmen with proven credentials at domestic level.

  • WASIM SAQIB on July 23, 2007, 0:33 GMT

    Recently Nasim Ashraf made a comment about Asim Kamal that he is not fully fit and if he regains physical fitness he will be invited to the camp,I can't comprehend this strategy,Asim kamal was an inform batsman when he was dropped and now if he is not physically fit PCB should have invited him to the national camp and allowed him to work with the coaching staff so that he could make his way back into the team.I truly believe he had the temperament and technique to be a good batsman PCB should give him a chance they owe it to Asim Kamal.

  • Awas on July 22, 2007, 22:39 GMT

    khansahab(A.A.Khan)

    Your idea: “Lawson, the easy-going puppet” or the notion that “PCB merely succumbed to player power”. I am afraid you are wrong on this occasion if I may say so. If you read my earlier posting dated July 16, 2007 10:44 PM, you would notice that the facts are quite different. People who know Lawson have stated that he is “aggressive and positive”. Yes, the players did have a say in choosing Lawson but not because of the reasons you mentioned or some other bloggers have misconstrued. It was reasons mentioned in my earlier posting. After all what is wrong in working with a person you are already familiar with?

    I tend to agree with Mistry “…I still feel viscerally, that Geoff may be the better choice. Dav seems too weathered after his years of coaching on the sub-continent”. It would be interesting to read, if you haven’t already, what Khalid Hussain wrote in “The News” today. It explains the actual reasons behind the players’ backing for Lawson over Whatmore. Not only is his article quite revealing but also vindicates to an extent what I have been saying. Whatmore was more interested in getting re-employed. It was definitely not the case that the players were smarting from working under Whatmore, the task master. See the link below.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=65296

    I predicted earlier that Imran Khan would have something positive to say on this appointment. Now that he has let me mention what he said: “Lawson would prove a perfect fit for Pakistan. He is a tough guy, and that is what Pakistan cricket needs”. There is nothing much to add after those comments but as we all know when it comes to cricketing issues (unlike politics) Imran is hardly ever wrong.

    It was very good indeed what Usman said on “To the Saima Khan's of this world”. Similarly, on the subject of a local or a foreign coach, Muhammad Asif earlier had made good comments and said “the word local is just an obsolete one”. We live in a global market. Nationalistic sentiments such as “no foreign coaches” are just that with no logic. As a player, I have a great admiration for Miandad, a true fighter. His mental resolve to fight it out no matter what the odds, was equal to perhaps one or two others in the likes of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. However, his becoming a coach would only results in factionalism and internal strife within the squad. Even Imran when he was a leader found it difficult to get along with Miandad but Imran’s personality was such that somehow he was able to get the best out of Miandad. Best players don’t necessarily make the best coaches. Multinational corporations employ the best managers from wherever they may be. National sentiments often don’t come into it. When we employ Chinese engineers, for example, (who are unfortunately being murdered by some fanatics) that is for our benefit. Why should it be different in cricket? And as Usman said “The day Australia hire a Pakistani coach, now that would be a day to look forward to and be proud of”.

    Some posters have expressed surprise Whatmore wasn’t even in the shortlist for India’s choice of coaches. Let me tell you the reason for this was Gavasker. He has always been critical of Australian players’ arrogance and is always getting under the noses of Ponting and others. As long as Gavasker (himself an arrogant) is at the helm of having a big say in choosing a coach, the chances are they will never get an Australian one again. Gavasker may be right but the reality is that if you are on top of the world for nearly a decade like the Australians are then it is not untoward if a little arrogance creeps into you. Somehow it wouldn’t suit Bangladesh team to be arrogant or even India or Pakistan for that matter. When you reach the top or have achieved a lot then somehow brilliance bordering on arrogance can even suit you. It doesn’t suit Shoaib Akhtar to be arrogant, for example, which he sometimes is because apart from showing rare flashes of brilliance he has not reached the heights of say Wasim Akram or Glen McGrath and perhaps never will.

    At the end of the day a new coach is now here so in the words of Irfan “stop this nonsense about I wish or we should".

  • pakistani on July 22, 2007, 19:02 GMT

    very disappointing. when our country people take out politics in sports and other areas. this politics are eating our country too much.

    The appointment of coach. what is the criteria ? Lawson don't have any credential to become coach apart from that foreign personality. Even the Australia cricket team never hire him as a bowling coach for there team neither a english county go for him but we are.

    Secondly, if we go through the performance of our team in last 10 years we lost our games purely on our batting performance so why a bowler made a coach when we needs a batting personal as a coach.

    If we say he hired to do the planning sorry to say in any game planning always need on the field not while sitting on laptop or computer. do we ever see a coach in football, hockey or take any other game sitting on laptop and do coaching. they always do that through there hands and tongue while players on field in the game or by coaching tips while practicing.

    And finally the PCB announces the players for contract. Misbah-ul-haq, Imran Nazir, Taufeeq umar, Yasir Arafat , abdul razzak dont deserve to be in the contracted players . i will definitely go for khalid latif, asim kamal( near 40 average and out of team), shahid yousuf, fawad alam and rana naveed-ul-hassan(who defitely a good bowler than razzak or we can put yasir arafat not razzak i rank rana naveed than yasir arafat and razzak comes third in seamer allrouders.

    I know everyone can agree with this.

  • Tay'yab-Ali on July 22, 2007, 9:59 GMT

    Why Lawson?

    Whatmore is obviously more experienced, and maybe he would have been appointed had he not publically ignored Pakistan for India.

    Lawson obviously impressed and will help win matches. Pakistan have historically won on their bowling strength. Lawson was a bowler and has a never say die attitude. Pakistan have become too friendly, defensive and soft under Inzi's regime and Mohammad Yousuf & Younis Khan friendly and polite manner. Its time for a change and become ruthless which was last seen during Imran's & wasims successful era.

    Why Butt?

    simple answer; this boy can bat on overseas, bouncy & seamer friendly conditions-wheras others have failed in similar condition and performed ok on flat tracks.

    20 Twenty squad? those of you who have followed azar mahmoods performances for surrey in the last 5 years will agree he is a better choice that misbah and naved and even the current senior players such as razak, Mohammad Yousuf & Younis Khan. In fact he is the most experienced in this format than probably everyone put together.

    Mohammad Yousuf & Younis Khan should follow Tendulkar, Dravid & Co example and step away from this format.

  • khansahab(A.A.Khan) on July 21, 2007, 21:49 GMT

    My initial reaction to the rather vehement views of posters on this thread, was to let the matter go (as some posters made political insinuations that are best left alone) but on second thought I might as well highlight my opinions.

    If the choice was between Lawson, Done and Whatmore then undoubtedly Whatmore was the best choice. I am certain (and I agree with Wasim Saqib here) that PCB merely succumbed to player power. I need not expound in detail, but suffice to say Whatmore would not have been very sympathetic to Afridi and Yousuf’s choice of lifestyle. Lawson, the “easy-going” puppet, will leave these two senior players alone to focus on whatever they please.

    As far as the issue of Misbah ul Haq or Taufeeq Umar goes, they are more worthy than Salman Butt and Imran Farhat and hence I don’t see why they should not represent Pakistan in Tests. Those people stating that Misbah and Taufeeq have been given many chances are wrong. Taufeeq has been treated very harshly despite showing better performances than Butt or Farhat. One thing to Taufeeq’s credit is that he tries very hard to remain at the crease.

    Misbah on the other hand is a solid batsman who has consistently proven his credentials at domestic level. I don’t care how old he is, his experience will most certainly help. To be fair to him he really has not played much Test cricket. I think Pakistan should punish Younis and Inzamam for their irresponsible and disgraceful behaviour over the past two years and make permanent Test places for Misbah and Asim Kamal in their position.

    People have been disappointed with Butt being awarded vice captaincy. I submit this is where PCB got it very wrong. There are more experienced and/or deserving candidates for that position such as Rao, Gul, Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Kamran Akmal. One thing I don’t understand is that, PCB should have sacked Akmal two years ago and instead have played Zulqernain. Since they do not want to sack Akmal, why did they not make him vice captain instead of Butt, because it seems that Akmal has an immovable status within the team? If Butt was made VC because he can speak English, then that is very shallow and imprudent of PCB.

    Finally I feel very sorry for Asim Kamal as I believe he has shown the best temperament shown by any batsman in recent times for Pakistan.

  • Irfan on July 21, 2007, 13:32 GMT

    When a certain decision is expected it is common to have speculations, rumors and wishy washy floating around but when that certain decision is made and executed that should leave no room for any musings, period. I fail to understand why a lot of people on this blog can't keep themselves updated with the current news. Which is, Geoff Lawson is the new Pakistan coach now and it ain't gonna change for next couple of years. Stop this nonsense about "I wish" or " we should".

  • Usman on July 21, 2007, 12:54 GMT

    To the Saima Khan's of this world:

    If PIA wants to buy an airplane - do they talk to Boeing and Airbus or Pak-planes-are-us?

    All this "We are Pakistani, we should depends on our own system and talent." Look around, is there a system (worth depending on)? Is there any coaching talent in Pakistan? The day Australia hire a Pakistani coach... Now that would be a day to look forward to and be proud of.

    As human beings we should celebrate our similarities rather than our differences. Let us not separate ourselves out from the rest of the world. Let us rather be open to outside influences. Who knows, we may learn something from them.

  • Maysy on July 21, 2007, 2:00 GMT

    As a fellow aussie I wish Henry the best. As a fellow fan and retired club player I think Pakistan is a great side with players who feel for the game. They just need to have more faith in their ability, and this should become the glue to allow them to achieve thier true potential. I remember the days of Akram and Younis steaming in both smooth as silk. Lawson no doubt will lift the bowlers with his pesence and knowledge of fast swing bowling. Improved peformances with the ball should lift the batting side to facilatate more consistent runs on the board. Good luck Pakistan and on and upwards Australia.

  • Noor on July 20, 2007, 20:13 GMT

    I think Imran would have made the best coach for Pakistan. Lawson will have a lot on his plate. Politics and the attitudes of some the current Pakistani players i.e. Akhar, Younis Khan, Afridi and Mohamed Asif. will be the biggest obstacle for Lawson.

    Imran Khan, he is very knowledge about how cricket is run in Pakistan and would command respect from the players.

    Imran was Pakistan's all time best captain and I am sure he would change debacle state Pakistan cricket is in. No goras will ever fit in as a coach. Miandad is very knowledgable but lacks tact and I believe he would have created scenes and would Pakistan's cricket and name in the dirt, remember Shakoor Rana in '87 and the controversal tour of Eng in '92. Miandad was a good player but a fighting cock, not good for the overall image of Pakistan's cricket. Pakistan cricket needs bridge builder not bridge burner.

    Anyway, Lawson is appointed and I and hopefully rest of Pakistan's supports him, specially Ex-players.

  • Saima Khan on July 20, 2007, 17:34 GMT

    I love Jemima Khan Feedback above:

    We need a Pakistani King Javed Miandad. Not the foreign coach. We need to stand up on our feet".

    Unfortunately some depressed people like Imran Khan always inspire by the color of the west.

    They always knock the door of the west for their internal matter. We are Pakistani, we should depends on our own system and talent. Javed Miandad is a far better coach than any white coach in the world. This is also the views of great Sir Vivan Richard about Javed Miandad. He said that Javed Miandad is the best choice for the coach of Pakistan cricket team. I doubted that some one in our board or forum knows cricket more than Vivan Richard. So please accept reality.

    I also totally agree with Dawar's point above about Language and merit issues. Wow, what a comments!!!

    Saima Khan Islamabad, Sector F10

  • Irfan on July 20, 2007, 13:24 GMT

    It is sadly true that diplomacy and politics played a large part into who became the next Pak coach. Now when they have drawn Lawson's name out of the hat to be the man, he should hunker down and just concentrate on doing his job rather then finding people to appease right off the bat. Offers to Miandad and Inti are nothing more than diplomatic moves.

    As far as appointment of a batting coach is concerned Miandad is the first choice but in this particular case he shouldn't be picked as this political move will only yield political results and sour the reign of the current coach. Mansoor Akhtar would be a good choice, the Karachi boys who are on this blog will agree with me that late eighties, early nineties he was one of the most prolific batsman on the home scene. I have watched his club games and some of his first class games and what a joy to watch this man was. Pure entertainment! Anyhow, he was also one of the most sound batsmen technically, his posture, his foot movement, shot selection were spot on. He was a flat, straight bat, Imran Khan will attest to that! Most of his runs would be scored in the area between cover point and square leg. You would see him resort to cutting only when the opposing captain has packed the front end. Our mediocre batsmen like Shahid Nazir, Imran Farhat and Misbah and raw talent like Fawad Alam and all rounders can definitely learn from him as all his strengths are their weaknesses.

  • Nabil Farooqi on July 20, 2007, 5:59 GMT

    The job has been handover to one of the harshest critics of Pakistan critic. Lawson has been out spoken on radio against pakistan cricket and pakistanis for a long time now, quiet often mocking the team and the people. So i guess he must be the perfect choice for being the coach. Trust me people I am not being sarcastic when I say this. Due to the fact Lawson knows the many defects in pakistani cricket and in pakistanis, he is in the best position to devise a plan to fix the problems. The question is does the problem want to be fixed ? I am sure Salman Butt has all the answers, as he is seen as the best choice to be Vice-Captain due to his leadership skills, his forward thinking and poor batting record. I wish Lawson the best of luck, even though I know he will fail, not because of his own ability, but because of the inability of Pakistan cricket and the PCB to rise above the politics.

  • jhonny on July 20, 2007, 5:51 GMT

    plz now dont criticize the coach again ..he is a human bieng let him do his job and than assess his performance dont create too much pressure on any one's shoulder

    remember the incident of bob woolmer.... and

    for "Miandad" he just need a job and due to that he is criticizing the coach and board ....why the board dont "greece his palm" to shut his mouth.

    Also i believe niaz has made a valid point but friend only pakistan can have the services of guys like these not any one else....

  • Junaid on July 20, 2007, 5:01 GMT

    Best of luck Lawson. Pakistan has a very young team so we need professional expertise of Lawson to help them at international level. On the other hand we should concentrate also in grooming young cricketers in acedamies and domestic cricket. Players like waqar younis, javed miandad and aqib javed should be used to coach youngsters at under 19 level so we have a strong backup for national team.

  • Atif on July 20, 2007, 4:34 GMT

    Miadad remains the first choice by far.. About Lawson , but now as the board has taken a decision ,so its time to support the ausi pacer, one should give him the tiime to prove his skills and atleast i am happy to see an agressive fast bowler as a coach.... Insallah we will hopefully see good and result oriented test matches on fast tracks........

  • ADAM NADIR on July 20, 2007, 3:28 GMT

    I think Lawson has a very good shot at fixing the confidence issue that paki team suffers. He was always a fighter and being an aussi pacer, always had given his best. In his opening remarks after the opointment, he spoke of a couple of key issues for pakis. Foremost, their inability to stay and deliver a consistant performance. I wish Lawson and paki team the best of luck. This marks the new era for paki club, hope that they emerge as serious contenders for the next worldcup

  • Andrew on July 20, 2007, 2:47 GMT

    Not sure at all about this appointment? Lawson will need a lot of support from past and present players and officials, and not unproductive premature criticism. Then it might could work. Pakistan constantly produces rare talent. It's just a matter of finding a way to realise it's true potential.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on July 20, 2007, 0:00 GMT

    Also, on the issue of Lawson's appointment, I think it’s a sign of good things to come. As painful as it is and as blasphemous as it sounds, the PCB has to be given some credit here for taking this bold step. However, since Nasim Ashraf is still around, there are bound to be signs of nepotism, corruption and massive mismanagement as is evident from the selection of Misbah Ul Haq in the contracted list of players. That too, over Asim Kamal? It belies common sense. But im not astonished one bit. To be honest, I'm getting tired of saying this but people like Nasim Ashraf are one of the fundamental reasons why there will never be any glimmer of transparency in various cricketing issues in the months and God forbid, years to come.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on July 19, 2007, 23:46 GMT

    I love the way Kayzee has come up with the 93% figure=p. I mean its so random: S

  • OM on July 19, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    I am not against Lawson. I know he would try hard for the Pakistan team to succeed. Bob Woolmer was a best coach of cricket world. Just look when he worked with Hansie Cronje how good a team was it and what a real fighting sprit it had. Pakistan was never able to beat them during those times. Bob worked really hard for the Pakistan team and wanted it to succeed and how depressed he must have been on that night when pak loose to ireland that he died. So my point is this: no matter Lawson, Woolmer, Miandad or Whatmore, I am fearful for the future of Pak cricket because the politics in PCB and among the players will not help any of these coaches.

  • Mistry on July 19, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    Not knowing enough about either Dav or Geoff, I still feel viscerally, that Geoff may be the better choice. Dav seems too weathered after his years of coaching on the sub-continent and may have been difficult to work with, with some senior players. Geoff on the other hand, although known to be a tough bloke, will have to learn on the job and work with all players rather than impose an authoritarian stance. That may serve the Pakistan team temperament better.

  • Arshad on July 19, 2007, 18:21 GMT

    Good points by Dawar.

    I like your both notes. It is true once again Language will be an issue for our cricketers to understand Australian Geoff Lawson.

    Dawar, second note about Merit is also very valid.

    It is also true; once again PCB put Asim Kamal against the wall. Just because he is from Malir, Karachi. The best young openers in the country are Khurrum Manzoor and Khalid Latif.

    We can see the names of Bazid Khan (Never performed on international level, Misba-ul_Haq (thanks to Uncle Mudassir Nazar), Yasir Arfat (Just good looking for water boy) in the contract list but not seeing many young deserving cricketers.

    First Inzamam and his team was against Asim Kamal (probably he is not from Tabliguie Jamat), we all know he is from the same town as like Rashid Latif. New PCB set up is continuing aggression against him.

    Asim sue the PCB and Inzamam, we are with you.

    Arshad LA, USA

  • Irfan on July 19, 2007, 18:20 GMT

    I think Lawson is courting trouble by inviting Miandad to be the batting coach. Right from the word go Miandad was on the warpath aginst the new coach. No disrespect to the great batsman but unfortunately he is not the one in the driving seat. It is sad and unfortunate but he has to accept this fact.

    He comes back into the team and the politicking will start. As much as I had wanted to see Miandad at the helm of the affairs in the first place, but let's not complicate things by bringing him in the fold with a new role. It will be better for the peace of mind of the players and the new coach!

  • talat maqsood kayani on July 19, 2007, 18:18 GMT

    we welcome this important decision of PCB. Lawson could be a better coach for Pakistan. He is a very intelligent player and he will have better ideas for Pakistan Cricket Team. I wish him GOOD LUCK.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on July 19, 2007, 15:57 GMT

    Lawson has taken the diplomatic route to counter his critics. He has invited Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam both to join him and assist him in building and coaching the team. He has applauded Miandad's past performances and achievements to calm him down and Miandad has taken the bait and is willing to assist and support Lawson. Bob Woolmer did the same, not through the media but, through a private dinner. After that not only the food but, the relationship between the two went cold and sour. It reminds me of the expression, 'revenge is a dish best eaten cold.' Don't know what Bob ate in that famous dinner with Miandad but, Inzamam's nihari worked wonders for Bob.

    I think people are underestimating the qualities of Lawson. He may not have the same credentials like others, he may not be implementing strict law & order drills like Dav Whatmore but, slowly and gradually he will get a handle to firm his grip on the key issues and more importantly for his own survival. He appears to be very unassuming character and is generally considered as a mediocre, a level three coach who does not have enough experience or a coach who is not exportable quality. But, his first ball on the Pakistan soil was a yorker to soften up Shoaib Akhtar, he went up to meet him and greeted him and that was enough for Shoaib as he was clean bowled by his flattery. Malik has also welcomed his appointment more because of the fact that Malik and the other senior players have won the game to block Dav's entry. Like Wasim Saqib highlighted the facts that it's a "player's power play" and the players have once again shown their power through diplomatic channels and succeded. The game has just started lets see who is the ultimate winner in this game of diplomacy? I think Lawson's tactics are good and he is going to survive for at least 2 years.

    Finally a line of consolation for the niaz mand boy who, like a few others can only brood, lament and write about me and nothing about cricket and I wonder how and why that is allowed here? Anyways, it proves a point that me, moi, je suis, I am more important for them than anyone or anything else in their life, thats why they write about me! Please stop worshiping me as I cannot be held responsible for the sins that you are indulging into.

  • abdul-jalil on July 19, 2007, 12:28 GMT

    aoa, kamran can i ask you to do a piece on 'miandad plz stay quiet'- i mean he's already slated the appointment of lawson!! give the guy a chance. Then he says he will be willing to help Lawson!!!!! Also another blog on 'Asim Kamal-the nearly man of Pakistan Cricket.' Why on earth did people like nazir, misbah and hafeez get a contract over him. Where is the justice. For years it was being sai Asim is not getting his chance because of the big three, SO whats the problem now that Inzi didn't get a contract. Thanks, these are the sorts of issues that need to be addressed in Pakistan Cricket!! w/salam

  • Roger Pym on July 19, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    Lawson's ability to "motivate" the players will be the key. The appointment of the widely respected Miandad to assist Lawson will help. After all, Miandad could in time succeed to the Coach's job.

  • Nauman on July 19, 2007, 3:58 GMT

    I dont expect Pakistan or Lawson to do well in 20-20 tournament. The simple reason being the composition of this side...no openers, a dummy vice-captain, a not so audible but definitely existing chaos b/w "seniors" and newbies, and a coach who is totally not accustomed to the way things happen here. Lawson's first assigment is with a team that he knows least about, and doing a job that doesn't appear on his resume in the recent past. I would still wish him Good Luck...if Pakistan can be trying players like Imran Nazir, Mohd Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq despite years of average perfomances, I think its fair to give Lawson a shot...atleast he has the attitude of a fighter and would have the courage to step down and leave if he finds he is not the right person. One thing I really hate is how our old players come out, raise their voices against every thing that PCB does (I am not agreeing with PCB policies here). Javed Miandad, Intikhab Alam etc need to come up and support the new guy, through their words as well as acts. If the amount of time they spend on critisizing PCB over last 5 yrs were spent over improving just one particular young batsman's technique, today we would have had a strong substitute for Inzamam. There is still time to show up the co-operative side and help build the team. Javed and Intikhab both have had multiple stints as coach and they both have had mixed results, bottom line is that our system is weak and be it Woolmer or Whatmore or Lawson or Aaqib, the results won't be consistent until the system is changed. Its a shame to hear comments depicting the team favoring Lawson over Whatmore b/c Whatmore is known to exercise a tough work schedule...it just speaks of the attitude that the players have, this is what needs to change.

  • Sakul Gupta, Jammu, Cork on July 18, 2007, 21:19 GMT

    Hello to All! Yeah I too feel, Geoff's apointmens is a good one. The man has been talking about the right things, so that's good! Mental strength, discipline & a die-hard attitude to do the right thing, winning is all teh team would have to build upon. Surely if Geoff know's these things to do, the all that remains is to start building upon, adding value, by the team. And he very well says, he is open to bringing in any needed assistant coaches(even a Spin bowler coach!), so with time he should do teh right things; as he said, it's just been 24hrs since PCB offered him the job. And his being a no-nonsense bowler, player & a person having coachng experience, would, or ought to, & most probably would make real the expectations from him. The team should go all out to win it all, as he too says, & that's a fine attitude! I think the coach must also have some say in selection, say he sees even Wasim Akram, Aqib Javed pointed out some rising stars in their recent training camps, so teh coach should have a say that these boys must be brought in. I guess if Anwer Ali is performing well in domestic cricket & has what it takes to be a winner in th elong run tooo, he should be brought in now, or else not enough motivation is being given to him or teh country isn't reaping the best harvest from God's gift or their investment in potential. And I have always felt folks like Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqi, Azar Mahmood, & specially now Inzi should have been allowed to continue playing-atleast in test matches for as long as they willed, cause they would bring in so much value, the youngsters would learn so much. I guess in the USA, retirement is voulantary even after 65 years of age. Peple would not generally ask their experts to leave, to leave teh country or SW companies in teh hands of young blokes, who would take their time to figure out how things work, or should work.. & sure Asim Kamal, Inzi deserved central contracts more that some of the blokes who got them. Yeah I guess teh spirit should be taht if one has to go big, bring about a revolution, as teh PCB wanted/ said to after teh WC debacle, it should be all around & merit & the right should be teh only way, else that weakest link-the wrong thing, will let all go waste.. Among others Great folks, Awas's comments sounded sound. & yeah Saqi would first be aiming to get fit, become a charm again & then choose his team to play for & if it happens for England, I guess it will be a loss for his former team only; may imply things needed to be managed better; which in any case should be, one should never leave ones men in dire-straits. Take care!

  • Omer Admani on July 18, 2007, 19:30 GMT

    Dawar, I agree with you on Asim Kamal. Not only that, Asim Kamal averages pretty decent against big teams like Australia and South Africa as well (unlike our so-called 'legend' Inzamam). With his solid technique he could play a crucial role when South Africa visits Pakistan, but the unfortunate soul is still ignored (probably unfortunate because he was raised in an urdu-speaking enviornment rather than a Punjabi-speaking enviornment). Misbah is just not good enough to play international cricket, period.

  • Jemima Khan on July 18, 2007, 18:27 GMT

    We need a Pakistani King not the Austrlian King. I am very disappointed from the Imran's statement in the favor of Lawson.

    Great legent fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, Wicket Keeper Moin Khan and batsman Inzimam ul haq critised forigen coach policy.

    All of them said Javed Miandad is a best person for the Coach position.

    We need a Pakistani King Javed Miandad. Not the forign coach. We need to stand on our feet.

    Jemima Khan Islamabad

  • Saima Khan on July 18, 2007, 18:18 GMT

    I am totally agree with both posting by Dawar.

    No Language bridge btw coach & players and no Merit in the contract.

  • Liaquat on July 18, 2007, 18:17 GMT

    It's time for players to step up to the mark. The had an excellent coach in Bob and they didn't perform when it mattered. Of course winning every game is not what is expected but giving 100% in every game and making the opposition work extremely hard in achieveing a win is expected. In my opinion the coach is right in realising this...let's hope the players have the mental capacity to take on this challenge.

  • Gulab Khan on July 18, 2007, 18:15 GMT

    I disappointed from Imran Khan Statement in the favor of Lawson, now a days in his political life he always blamed Mushraf on his dealing with west. But now Imran wanted to march with west.

    what a ...shame?

    Gulab Khan

  • Raja Pakistani on July 18, 2007, 18:13 GMT

    We need Javed Miandad.

    Be Pakistani; learn from Pakistani, Proud to be a Pakistani.

    Miandad proves this, he was the real Pakistani. He was declared by his captain when he was 280 not out against world champion of that time. But Miandad always won matches for the same captain regardless of any difference. Javed Miandad is one of the best batsmen Pakistan ever produced. He won the matches against the strongest team. Not like some other so called great batsmen who are loin against Bangladesh, Zimabave and New Zealand but fox against Australia & South Africa. Please see the records of them against Australia & SA.

    Miandad records against Australia, India West Indies and Sri Lanka (World Champions & best team on his time) are very impressive. His records against Zimabave are not impressive but against World Champions & best team on his time are very impressive.

    He was the architect of any match. He knows cricket more than any one in Pakistan.

    Bring Miandad as a Coach of Pakistan. At least he can talk in the same language as players, they can understand him.

    Bring him with full authority like we gave to Imran as a captain during 1987 to 1992. He lost the world cup for us in 1987 but PCB kept him captain of Pakistan cricket team and he brought the World cup for us. Thanks for Javed Miandad, who was always behind Imran's success without Miandad Imran could be an ordinary or poor captain like Inzi.

    Bring Miandad for the coach. No Lawson, No Lawson, No Lawson

    Raja Pakistani Sialkot

  • Tahir Ahmad on July 18, 2007, 17:54 GMT

    Only time will tell if it was a good choice. It may not be the ideal choice but its not as bad as some of us are saying. Don'e expact Miandad to endorse any one, foreign or local, other than himslef.

    As for him not being batsman and Pakistan having trouble with the bat, PCB has said that they will employee a bating coach. And if recall correctly, Henry said that he would love to have Miandad as a bating coach to work alongside him? I doubt that Miandad would take the assignment working as 2nd to Henry.

    In my opinion the biggest problem we have is attitude and work ethics. Razzaq is an example, I have seen him so many times play a game like he was forced to do so and he rather be in bed. Half of our team keeps getting out in the same faction over and over again. Some one once gave Zaheer Abbas’s example that in his early years he got out playing a sweep shot and after the game he said that this was the last time he got out playing this shot and he worked on it, himself.

    If the players do not want to take their game to the next level, no one could help them.

  • Nadeem Shafee on July 18, 2007, 17:52 GMT

    Lawson should learn Urdu first.

    Because our players can not learn from any forigen coaches some basic batting technique to avoid catches, filders did not learn how to field, bowlers did not learn how to be fit with out drugs, captain did learn how to lead, so it will be hard for them to learn English.

    We expect Lawson to learn Urdu. he is from the nation who are keen to learn.

    Nadeem UK

  • Niaz on July 18, 2007, 14:44 GMT

    iam surprised that why our "favorite" "Javed A Khan" was not picked for this job......

    we all are deeply disappointed about that he was the man for pakistan...

    Also i believe he has taken this to his heart bcoz uptill now he has only sent 1 comment on this blog where as usually 4/5 are common.

    but we all are with him for next time, but how about canadian coaching....!

  • srivathsan on July 18, 2007, 8:50 GMT

    I wanted to highlight the inexplicable behaviour of both BCCI & PCB in dumping dave whatmore without asigning any reason what so ever.dave would have been the best bet for both india & pakistan.Now that lawson has come to stay,PCB has to appoint a language coach to teach him urdu/punjabi so that he will be effective in communication.ALL THE BEST LAWSON.PAKISTAN HAS IMMENSE POTENTIAL & WHAT THEY NEED IS ONLY DIRECTION 7 MOTIVATION.

  • adeel on July 18, 2007, 6:24 GMT

    I am really glad that they ditched Mr Watmore who was more keen in India and kept Pakistan as second option. Glad we didnt gave him cake bite. Lawson is new to international coaching, i am sure this job and success means more to him than to pakistani players so expecting 100% from his side. being bowler he can actually teach our batsmen alot. only killer knows the weakness of his own weapon.

  • Dawar on July 18, 2007, 5:45 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I am very disappointed from the selectors and board for their recent contract & coach.

    There is a very big conflict in their words and their actions. Only in the documents PCB concept of the new contracts is base on, 40 per cent points have been awarded for performance, 20 for seniority, 20 for fitness and the remaining 20 per cent for discipline. Unfortunately this was not the case. The 31-year-old dogged left-handed batsman Asim Kamal from Malir Karachi, who averages a respectable 37.73 in 12 Tests, has been constantly sidelined on one pretext or the other. He is number 20 on the ICC list. Asim Kamal has proved to be a solid middle-order batsman whenever he is given a chance. Compare to him, Misbah-ul-Haq has been awarded a central contract in the category (worth Rs100,000) despite not being among the top 100 players in the ICC rankings for Tests and ODIs. Misbah, now 33, has a dismal track record and in five Test matches, he has averaged only 13.33 and hasn’t played in this form of the game since the first Test of the series against Bangladesh at Karachi in August 2003. We can see son and nephew of the ex players in the contract list. Where is the merit? Could any one in the board justify exclusion of Asim Kamal? Sometimes back Salauuddin chief selector of selection committee demands board and selectors of that time to include Asim in the team. But now today he is the chief selector, he is doing same like past selectors.

    DAWAR NAQVI California, USA

  • Dawar on July 18, 2007, 5:42 GMT

    THE PCB hired foreign coach for the Pakistan team but most of our players are incapable of speaking or understanding English properly.

    This is nothing to be ashamed of since it is not our mother tongue. But the question is how will the foreign coaches train the team when they cannot express what they want to say?

    Javed Miandad was the best choice.

    Dawar

  • bilal on July 18, 2007, 4:50 GMT

    i Would just say now that the decision is made, we all should look fwd and support lawson..hats off to pcb 4 making a thoughtful decision this time..best luck pakistan and lawson you rock!

  • Cecil H on July 18, 2007, 3:37 GMT

    It does not matter whether the new Coach is Lawson, Whatmore, Nasser Hussain, Brian Lara: ETC. It all boils down to the mental attitudes of the Players within the Team. Living in Australia I am constantly reminded of the Player commitment to the game whether it be Cricket, Rugby, Soccer or Netball. I have always held the belief that The Subcontinent Cricket Teams of Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan are amply able to mix it with the best that are on offer internationally. Thus if Geoff Lawson is to succeed as the Coach, he should start with UN-brainwashing the Team and instilling the Aussie way of positive attitudes towards the game of cricket. The Batting, Bowling and Fielding will come naturally! naturally. Good luck Geoff! With your credentials as an optometrist, I am sure that you will agree with me that a "better vision" will have a tremendous impact on your charges.

  • Nath on July 18, 2007, 2:47 GMT

    Good luck to Pakistan and to Geoff Lawson. I think only time will tell whether this is a good or a bad appointment, but it is encouraging to see the mostly positive reaction to this announcement.

    Just for the record, the comment by Javed A. Khan, MONTREAL, CANADA, that Lawson's nickname is from 'the Australian bush poet Barcroft Henry Thomas Boake', is incorrect (as is usually the case when Javed A. Khan makes comments about Australia and Australians). Geoff 'Henry' Lawson's nickname is derived from a poet named Henry Lawson (funnily enough). Barcroft Henry Thomas Boake has nothing to do with it!

  • Mike A. on July 18, 2007, 1:00 GMT

    A good choice I think. A fast bolwer with brains. Just what Pakistan needs. Fast bowlers win matches and the team with the best pace attack will be the world's best.

  • Asrar Ahmed Syed on July 17, 2007, 22:18 GMT

    For me geoff lawson is a good choice because he is not so high profile figure as dav whatmore and so he will be less arrogant. The question i want to ask you kamran and all your bloggers is that i want to tip the next few assignments that pakistan cricket is having and i want to know what you have to say after those results about geoff lawson. My tippings are as follows: Twenty20 world cup: Pakistan may win a couple of matches but definetly not going to win the cup. South africa series: Will loose the test series and win the oneday series. India series: Will loose the test series and will narrowly loose the oneday series by 2-3. Australia series: Will loose the test series and might win just one ondeday match and hence will loose the oneday series as well. And i firmly believe this will happen. Now i wud like to ask your view on geoff lawson? The answer to that is if you bring the worlds best coach as well they will not be able to change the above results. so please be patient with coaches and captains my dear brothers.

  • SKS on July 17, 2007, 21:19 GMT

    salam to all ! well i personallly think that javed miandad should have been the coach or any pakistani legend should have been coach coz of a few things which i would like to describe....... first of all the lang. problem, alot of our players can not exactly understand the accent of these forgien people then if u can't properly communicate then how can u really understand the problems u have with the most imp. person i.e. the coach... well now if Lawson has been appointted as the coach so we cant help it but can just pray that this decision proves best for pak cricket!!!

  • Anam Ahmed on July 17, 2007, 20:38 GMT

    Good move by PCB...Dave Whatmore wasnt a bad choice either but i think Henry will be able to bring out the talent in our pace attack and hopefully so we might be able to break the curse of Ozzies being world champs...its just a thought lets hope it comes true =)

  • WASIM SAQIB on July 17, 2007, 18:50 GMT

    Javed A khan, PCB and the players wanted a "yes man" somebody who minds his own business and remains politically correct, Dav Whatmore on the other hand was renowned for his tough approach, PCB completely overlooked his credentials and they picked a "Yes man" who has no international coaching experience and has no proven record, Lawson has been constantly trying to appease the Pakistani players and especially Shoaib Akhtar in the media his politically correct statements earned him this Job.

    Pakistan under foreign coaches has not been able to move into the next round in the last two World cups. Javed Miandad is completely right when he said that India and Pakistan do not need a foreign coach teams like Canada, Holland and Kenya need a foreign coach as they don’t have any former great players, and I also agree with him when he said that if PCB were to select a foreign coach then they should have selected it based on merit and proven record. PCB is gradually resorting to its old ways of deception and lies they promise one thing in the media and deliver completely the opposite, we were promised after the WC that more youngsters will be included in the team and if we look at the central contracts Asim Kamal and many other promising youngsters have been neglected once again and players like Taufeeq umar and Misbah who have nothing left in them have been awarded the contract. If we look at the major decisions taken by PCB after WC 07 they just appointed a foreign Dummy Coach they neglected seniority in the appointment of Captain and Vice Captain they sacked a VC for no apparent reason and other than Hafeez, Inzimam and Rana they are still retaining the same group of players, youngsters are being neglected in order to protect a certain group of players and above all it’s been almost a year that Nasim Ashraf has been appointed the Chief Executive of PCB we still have not heard anything about the new constitution of PCB.

  • shahid on July 17, 2007, 17:38 GMT

    Good luck to the new coach. By the way, does anyone seriously believe that we are going to have South Africa and Australia tour us in the winter? Anyone who believes those teams are still coming to Pakistan are completely deluded. No way in hell are those people going to risk it in the current situation. Chalk up another victory for the fanatic terrorists. Maybe this should be your next article Mr. Abbasi? Get ready for another "home" series in SriLanka. Or Sharjah/Abu Dhabi.

  • anser azim on July 17, 2007, 17:29 GMT

    Lawson has been hired for coaching in English language. Thats the department the whole team is very poor. Even poorer than Bangladesh!!!

  • Rizwan on July 17, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    I cant believe the PCB have been so bold, it felt like a new bright future was just around the corner for Pakistan cricket. Alas I should not have been so hasty in my praise, with the central contract awards the PCB has shown that it has taken one step forward, and two back. After choosing such a wildcard like Lawson, why award contracts to the likes of Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Huq, and Imran Farhat. These players have had their chances, and this was the perfect time to bring in new players into the squad.

  • Dil shah on July 17, 2007, 16:13 GMT

    What a joke of cricket of Pakistan .PCB has made a mockery of them selves & are playing with the carrers of all the talent.Just look at this .....

    Sept 1998: Former Pakistan great Javed Miandad takes over as coach from Haroon Rasheed.

    April 1999: Miandad resigns after falling out with senior players and is replaced by Mushtaq Mohammad for the 1999 World Cup.

    Aug 1999: Mushtaq sacked after the World Cup even though Pakistan finished runners-up; replaced by Wasim Raja.

    Nov 1999: South African-based Englishman Richard Pybus replaces Wasim for a tour of Australia, becoming Pakistan’s first foreign coach.

    Dec 1999: Intikhab Alam takes over after Pybus is axed following Pakistan’s 3-0 rout in the Australia Tests.

    March 2000: Miandad returns in place of Intikhab, who was sacked after Pakistan lost the first two Tests against Sri Lanka in a home series.

    April 2001: Miandad sacked after Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand and is replaced by Pybus for the tour of England.

    Sept 2001: Pybus refuses to come to Pakistan in the wake of the Sept 11 attacks on the US and Mudassar Nazar takes over.

    Sept 2002: Mudassar summoned home midway through the ICC Champions Trophy; Pybus returns.

    March 2003: Pybus quits after Pakistan are knocked out in the first round of the World Cup; Miandad returns.

    June 2004: Former England batsman Bob Woolmer takes over as Pakistan’s second foreign coach, replacing Miandad, who is sacked after Pakistan lose one-day and Test series at home against arch-rivals India.

    March 2007: Woolmer dies during the World Cup in the Caribbean. Pakistan were knocked out by minnows Ireland the previous day.

    July 2007: Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson named as Pakistan's third foreign coach.

    What is wrong with this picture .It seems to be that to hell with the public of Pakistan who are the die hard fans of the game .As long as The big hanchoos are making money & enjoying the free rides to foreign countries because they cannot afford on their own. Why not the talent chosen fron withingn Pakistan as a Head coach .I think Intikhab Alam.Aqib Javed, Miandad would have been the best choices. Aqib Javed was he coach of under 19 when they won the world cup why not him????????.

    Come on show some patriotism & love for your motherland who has given you the satge where you are standing .This is the most disgusting Admin of PCB starting from TOP.

  • Tahir Rashid on July 17, 2007, 14:46 GMT

    It's good that Pakistan has a fresh new coach rather than over rated Dav Whatmore. Geoff is a former fast bowler and would know how to handle pak battery of fast bowlers. Fast bowlers always win you matches.

  • Gov on July 17, 2007, 14:39 GMT

    he might just relish the *pricks* he will encounter.

    A Freudian slip, Mr Abbasi ?

  • Harith Abbasi on July 17, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    Lawson IS the best choice aong the trio...I have no doubt....simply becoz of the enthusiam he showed in his willingness to coach Pakistan...something i think whatmore and done lacked or didnot show...all of his comments show that he is determined to make pakistan as good a team as australia...good luck man and welcome to hell :)

  • Mutz on July 17, 2007, 12:41 GMT

    good choice but i was hoping that pakistan team be different (which it is good at) and appoint Lawson AND Whatmore as JOINT pakistan coaches.

  • Mubashir Hanif on July 17, 2007, 12:33 GMT

    Assalamoalikum! You think it matters if you híre the world´s best coach? I think it doesnt. You think we dont have a´coach who can be a backbone of óur team? I think we do. Why cant our players go for coaching proffession and be innovative? We cans till have worlds top team management if we want to. Think of Imran Khan, Aqib javed (a bit more polished), Javed Miandad (no one matches his instincts and tactics), Akram/waqar. These guys can make a good management team and then you can think of foreigners for fielding drills and therapists. Believe me lnaguage/cultural barrier will hinder a lot. I think we ´just dont use our talent to its potential. Keep trashing bucks.

  • rasheed on July 17, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    i think it was the jokers sitting in PCB who thought they could not handle a tough no nonsense man like Whatmore . So they got the players to say it for them. Imagine employees having the final say in selecting who their boss will be . Miandad is absoloutely right why not give the players a say in selecting the Chief Joker of the PCB.

  • Aussie Pak on July 17, 2007, 10:03 GMT

    Good choice. No need for a local Pakistani coch due to the politics within the structure. I have seen Lawson coach his University team in Sydney, as well as listening and watching his comments on radio and tv. The guy knows his cricket and a very good cricket analyst. No doubt this is meant to help Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt who are still young and experienced leaders. Lawson has said he will have a combination of Australian and Pakistani assistants which should be beneficial for the team as a whole. I hope he also stands up to any player who does not respect Malik as a captain due to his young age. "Respecting your elders" because of age means nothing in professional sports.

  • Abdul Rehman on July 17, 2007, 8:37 GMT

    wish him all the very best Geoff Henry Lawson i think its a good choice of PCB thanks pcb

  • Muhammed Kashif on July 17, 2007, 8:32 GMT

    Lawson could be a good choice and I m hopeful that he will take then team towards the good and successful way.But two things here I would like to mention and that he’ve had no coaching experience at international Level. But He been with the Australian South Wales Team.But i m not happy with the Current Team.

  • B Senthil Kumar on July 17, 2007, 7:39 GMT

    Whoa! King of Pakistan?? Hardly, I would say, Mr. Abbasi. Geoff Lawson may have the job of running the Pakistan Cricket team, but that would hardly make him king. The kings are the players, even though some of them are still princes. Geoff Lawson should simply get Pakistan to play to its potential, which is what the world of cricket is dying to see. That's it. A below par Pakistan playing defensively is the least thing we want to see, and I am Indian!!!

  • MKBeg on July 17, 2007, 7:25 GMT

    this is an intriguing choice. lawson most probably will be a no-nonsense coach being a fast bowler himself. the big question now is...will india take whatmore as their coach?

  • ADAM NADIR on July 17, 2007, 6:46 GMT

    could prove to be a successful appointment. Lawson in his days was a fighter to the last ball. In his earliest interview, he seemed to have outlined some crucial sore points of the Paki team. I think he is already thinking in the right direction. Being an Aussi, he is already equipt with professionalism, modernity, humor and the innate sense of adaptability. I think this new era will bring us all some exciting cricket. As for all the critics who either embelish the idea of not allowing a "foreigner" on local soil, welcome to evolution. If you stay put behind the facades of your insecurities, you might just miss-out on what the unknown could offer you. Go get 'em Lawson!

  • ASHRAF MALIK NEW JERSEY on July 17, 2007, 6:16 GMT

    There's no doubt about our own local talent, the ONLY problem with that is Politics. We sure have the best former players but,they all seem to have political germs in them.We can go back & look what Wasim & Waqar did, what GREAT Imran did....Not to long ago & even a while ago what The Greatest Miandad did.They all pollarised the team during their time & that's what's the MOST feared thing PCB tried to avoid.It's Not that they are bigger fond of foreign coaches , it's just that fear.One More thing most people are pressing for again & again, a coach that's a batsman ! We had ALL batsman coaches till now, what wonders have they done? why do we still have batting problems?.It sure does help, but what our team needs most is....mental coaching. As most of people said above & agree that players at this level would & should know what they need to what they are required to do.It's just what they need is mental coaching & guidance with an agressive attitude, which a fast bowler posesses.The MOST important thing , we all need to support our team not negate them all the time unlike some being negative to our own country even. Best of luck Geoff & Team Pakistan

  • Ahsan Raza on July 17, 2007, 6:07 GMT

    Although Whatmore seems to be a more 'proven' coach in international cricket, it seems only logical that Lawson was appointed after the backing of the team. The last thing Pakistani cricket needs is another outbreak between coach and players, plus Lawson being inexperianced at the highest level will only add to his vigour to do well and will not have any 'Airs' about him, which will definetely relax the players more. Good Luck!!!

  • Abdur Razzak on July 17, 2007, 5:51 GMT

    come on PCB ,over the years pak failure has been in the batting dept. how on earth a veteran fast bowler can provide assistance to the batters. inna lillahi wainna ilaihi rajioon...

  • Shuja-Dubai on July 17, 2007, 5:50 GMT

    As with every new appointment at an influential position such a Coach of a National Cricket team, there will be supporters and there will be those who think otherwise. Yes we have plenty of experienced and talented coaches available in Pakistan but as the old saying goes “its easy to whack someone when you know where they live”, I think hiring a foreign coach is what Pakistani crickets have always needed. One has to understand who we are and where we come from. I personally feel Watmore days of coaching national sides are over so the decision to opt for a untested and inexperienced coach as Lawson might be the gamble that needs to be taken. As always, I agree with Javed saab from Montreal that give the new guy some time. He does have the Australian attitude besides being an aggressive fast bowler in his hay days. That just might be the need of the day. Best of luck to Pakistan cricket and as Kamran Abbasi’s King Henry. We will be watching !!!!

  • Riaz Rasul- China on July 17, 2007, 5:48 GMT

    It is a great choice. I believe, the chance should be given to a person who has no or less experience to sub-continent. Reason being, knowing the weakness and strengths in the region is not good. Pakistan need someone who brings new ideas and a different management style to bring the team up in the international world. Let's see how it goes. I am very optimistic.

  • zulfikar ali chaudhary on July 17, 2007, 5:42 GMT

    I think that he is an excellent choice.Having done my Masters from Australia i for one know that Aussies are a very honest people with high standards of work ethic.Dav had sub-continental experience no doubt but that can prove a nemesis as well.Lawson we remeber used to play aggressive cricket and Pakistan cricket needs this approach after laid back style days of the Inzi captaincy.I wish the best for Lawson and Pak cricket.Come on and give us a win on Indian tour we have waited for a triumph for so long.

  • junaid on July 17, 2007, 5:35 GMT

    i think Whatmore was a better choice...pakistan team needs coach like a Whatmore which can deliver good result from the pakistan team.. He showed the world how good he is as a coach,sri lanka ,bangladesh..Lawson is not the right choice...

  • Ali Kayani on July 17, 2007, 5:21 GMT

    The secret of success for Lawson would be how successfully he blends the Aussie work ethics with Pakistani ground realities.Yes, this is a time for optimism and good wishes, lets pray that Lawson's maiden opportunity at international level brings out the best from Pakistan palyers as well as Lawson.

  • Saad on July 17, 2007, 5:14 GMT

    Goodluck to Pakistani team and their coach ahead of one tough year and Welcome Geoff Lawson :).

  • Don on July 17, 2007, 5:09 GMT

    Another point that should be noted - the only current international coaches with international cricket experience are Lawson and Bracewell (of New Zealand) - both bowlers. Nielsen (Australia), Moores (England), Arthur (SA), Bayliss (B-desh) and Moore (WI) have no recognized stature as playing cricketers (at international level). With status being an important factor in the pecking order, and coache's authority a premium in Pakistan, Lawson is an excellent choice. Bowlers will listen to him, batsmen will listen and hopefully the PCB will also. Pakistan have to understand that a collection of talented individuals will get them nothing at the top level. To win you need a team. I'm hoping Lawson can achieve that. One thing to comment on - Lawson stated he would like some Australian support staff be brought with him. I support this - with conditions. It's high time the PCB put plans to train and qualify their own top-level support staff. So, I would allow Lawson to bring the best talent he can find - on the proviso they each take on an apprentice, that will be able to take over in 2 or 3 years time. Also, regardless of who Lawson selects as his assistant coach, a Pakistani born (preferably with test/ODI playing experience) should also be taken on board - for the same reasons. It's high time other countries understood that as long as Australia has a monopoly on producing batting talent, bowling talent and COACHING talent from their first class system - they will always stay on top of the heap. I like winning - but I prefer the thrills of the close fought clashes of the early 80s to the walkover of the last test series (SA and WI at home, SA away, B-desh away, ashes at home etc.).

  • Syed Rahman Bokhari on July 17, 2007, 4:50 GMT

    Very good choice, amongst 3 choices, I feel Dave Whatmore is not the right one to be considered only becoz he already done so much at this level, he has nothing much to prove himself at international scene just like Bob Woolmer. I though those who yet to prove themseleves are better choice, he is australian, fast bowler, that what we required, we never won match with batting, & these days we are losing matches becoz our bowlers performance is not there to fill our batting disastrous gap. We used to taking care our batting failues through bowling brilliance. Let hope those time shall come asap. Welcome Mr. Lawson & wish you all the best and hope you will utilize the best time to coach Pakistan, as we do't have any international star left (except Akhtar or Afridi)

  • Raza FROM NJ on July 17, 2007, 3:46 GMT

    First of all Javed A Khan your first post I agree with and love!

    Listen fans, Bob Woolmer who was a fantastic coach and great thinker of the game, and he failed! (politics as usual). His first few years were solid, he implemented his methods, developed players like Kamran, Gul, Asif, Younis Khan, Salman Butt,and Shoaib Malik, revitalised Afridi, and made Mo Yousuf one of the best batsmen in the world, but when the final leg of the race came and the worldcup approached, the powers that B unraveled all his hard work and destroyed team pakistan. Can Lawson come in and do well, maybe and I pray he does. But whatmore would have been a better choice for fielding and batting. We have such great options for bowling coaches such as Akram, Waqar and Aaqib javed. This is where the PCB errored. I'm not down on Lawson's appointment and again I hope he suceeds but we had to get a coach that would improve our weaknesses, batting and fielding! Waqar could have easily done a great job with the pacers. If you watched the West indies series, Umar Gul had transformed into a yorker bowler and the final sign of that was when he threw a vicious Yorker that broke Sarwans toe!!! We don't seem to have any solid fielding or Batting coaches so that is what we need in a coach, why didn;t PCB think of the weaknesses instead of our strenght. Does Ashraf still hold a grudge against Waqar, does Salim Atlaf still have power or did the players pressure his selection. I'll tell you the real answer, it was PCB's fear that India had passed up on Whatmore and if Whatmore failed, BCCI would look like they made a great decision. PCB also feared that if they hired Whatmore, fans and media outlets would say that he wanted the India job more and it would seem he settled for Pakistan. Looks like PCB made another personal decision so they would not face any heat! If you know about waqar younis, you know that the PCB kicked out waqar because of some type of Personal grudge. Waqar produced results but the PCB instead ignored his performance with the bowlers and fired him! If you go back to when PCB fired Waqar, that was the day when Pakistan started the downward spiral. The bowling never looked the same as asif and Gul struggled! As long as the PCB runs the operation and a constitution is not in place I don;t see any success lasting! Good luck I am sure you will do well Lawson but beware, the PCB runs things and at any moment they can say sorry see you later. The the real question is, will the PCB let you do your thing! Waqar Younis would have to say no! Give Waqar Younis a call Lawson and ask him how impressive ashraf is, ask him how things are really run internally, I dare you too!!!!!!! Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • Swami, Singapore on July 17, 2007, 3:40 GMT

    He is not the king, Shoaib Malik is. Its a problem if you cant make out the difference between the king and his sidekick.

  • Arif Bajwa Calgary Canada on July 17, 2007, 2:40 GMT

    I think Pakistan Cricket needed some one fresh for all those favoering Mr Whatmore need to realise that even though his hard work with other subcontinant teams he did not produced any big wins for those teams.We Pakisatnis do not need a boss with stick we need some one who treat us with love and respect ands if Mr Lawson have to prove him self i belive he need those things to be more succesful with our new blood who are hungry for wins in bigger events . I hwish Mr Lawson a very best of luck and hope when i am watching next Pakisatani game . It will show a diffrece in all the aspects of the game Go Team Pakistan Love you all whatever the result comes we will still be with you all the way........

  • the prophet on July 17, 2007, 2:27 GMT

    Just for the record, the "Henry" nickname comes from one of Australia's best poets of the 19th century, Henry Lawson...he died an alcoholic, and lets hope the frustration of coaching Pakistan doesn't drive Geoff to the same fate!

  • Kashif Chughtai, Miami, USA on July 17, 2007, 2:04 GMT

    I would like to congrats Jeff lawson on his appointement as Pakistan cricket coach.I think he is a better choice than Whatmore, since Dav's first preferance was to coach team India. Every one needs to give him their full support including some of our ex crickters( I dont need to mention any names ) who were not chosen for the job. Good luck Jeff...

  • Jesus on July 17, 2007, 2:01 GMT

    Best of luck to this young team and the new coach. From my prespective, I don't see this selection is based on sheer experience or on the ability of a coach. Pakistan cricket board, playing dirty tricks again. Naseem Ashraf, should resign right now!!

  • Khanzada on July 17, 2007, 1:40 GMT

    I think Inzamam not offered a central contract is a more important topic to discuss than some average Australian given a coaching job.

  • Awas on July 16, 2007, 22:44 GMT

    In an earlier thread “Dav’s the man”, I didn’t agree with the notion that Pakistan was set to hire him. I had predicted with some reasoning that Lawson would be the one. Many bloggers at the time were (and still are) gunning for Whatmore.

    Wasn’t PCB’s criteria from the outset to hire a low profile coach? After all PCB got smarter from Chappell’s experience with India (or is it the other way round?).

    People have been talking about how tough and disciplinarian Whatmore is and that these qualities would have been so good for Pakistan. What nonsense, as though Pakistan team is a bunch of juveniles. Do we really need a matron to discipline them? Many have been saying we need a batting coach because of batters poor techniques. Nonsense. If that’s the case then such batters shouldn’t be in an international eleven in the first place. Someone rightly mentioned earlier: batting coaches like Miandad and Woolmer couldn’t do much so what good another batting coach would do? On the subject of a local or a foreign coach, Muhammad Asif earlier made a good comment “the word local is just an obsolete one”. I have said this before what our players lack is the mental strength. Geoff Lawson has made right noises so far and amongst other things is also talking about “mental side of things”. He is highly educated which should be an added advantage. Getting benefit of an Australian psyche can only be beneficial. So far Imran Khan, who has been critical of Woolmer in the past, has not made any comments on Lawson’s appointment. My prediction is he would have something good to say on this one. It has been said Lawson is aggressive and positive which are exactly the qualities that are needed. Unlike some bloggers who have been saying he was chosen because some players preferred him as he was weaker of the two. The fact of the matter is he was warmly welcomed in Ahmadabad at a Pakistan’s training camp and in Lawson’s own words “a relationship was established there very quickly and I was rather pleased”. What is wrong in working with a man you are already familiar with? How some people’s imagination runs wild on some kind of conspiracies is quite extraordinary. Whether Lawson proves to be a good coach, only time will tell but let’s wish him luck for now.

    On the subject of previous thread, whether Saqlain should play for England or Pakistan. Well, let him decide and live his life the way he wants. But I would say this though, unless he starts playing really well in county matches, he may not be playing for either country ever again.

  • Imran From Rawalpindi on July 16, 2007, 22:26 GMT

    Finally it’s about time PCB has done something right and daring by appointing Lawson as Pakistani new coach. I would like to pose a question to all those who are crying about having a batting coach ( ya de ya de ya da ) Late bob woolmer was batter and what good did he do in 2 years to make heads way in batting department nothing. My point is that you can’t teach new tricks to old dog. I can’t imagine altering or teaching Yousuf, Shoaib, Younas, Salman any new techniques. It will make them confuse and weak and you can’t afford to do that at this point of time. We chose them to represent Pakistan on international level becaz we were satisfied with their batting techniques. What Lawson can do is to give them the mental toughness. The right attitude to go about and win matches for Pakistan. How to handle pressure in certain situations and not lose focus. I have a faith that Lawson has the right attitude and motivation to make himself as successful international coach. Please keep in mind that there is first time for everything. Just becaz he do not have prior coaching expertise will make him any less than other professional coaches around the world. We need Aussi mentality and who could be the better person to bring that change than Aussi himself. Our team has got all the right ingredients to become top opposition to Australia, South Africa and sri lanka. Lawson will do a great job becaz he has got all the tools and thinking mind to excel in his new coaching shoes and taking Pakistan to higher level. I lend my full support to Lawson and I welcome him to Pakistan with a hope that he will change the Pakistan team philosophy to all aspects of gentlemen’s game. Good luck to Pakistan and to Jeff Henry Lawson. Pakistan Pahindabad

  • OM on July 16, 2007, 22:26 GMT

    Since the Paki players do not like to work hard that is why they have chosen Lawson. Just look at the Bangladesh team during the world cup when they beat SA and Ind with Whatmore and after the world cup in Srilanka tour. I would say best choice was Wasim Akram as he is a master of politics in Pakistan cricket and he can tackle all the players. Atleast then Pak would miserably loose in the final but not in the initial stages agains Ireland.

  • KayZEE on July 16, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    93% of the matches that Pakistan has lost is only due to its batting failure. Come on every one..Pakistan is probably the only country having produced lethal world class fast bowlers in the past. You can't even compare Lawson with the W's or the rest..you cant even stand lawson even close to the any one of the W's. But just because they are pakistanis, and for any failure, political or in the game, the blame goes to our selves, our own players..we simply forget thier great achievements..I am not against lawson, but what? the batsmen got out against ireland in the WC not the bowlers..you needed a batting coach..not just a new comer to deceive your own perceptions..Just bcs he is australian and a fresh person as a coach..u get him..his callibre is just like rana naveed of present, or Azeem Hafeez of Tahir Naqqash of the past!! can u think of bringing them as your bowling coach, let alone your MAIN COACH??

  • Imran Iqbal on July 16, 2007, 22:02 GMT

    I cannot agree with you more on "Geoff "Henry" Lawson, has been chosen to wear the crown of thorns". Another scapegoat is hired by incompetent PCB. I'm not surprised to see very Pakistani fans welcoming his appointment, who were advocating apointment of local coaches on plea of language barrier. Now what has changed? Have Pakistani cricketers taken English crash course or Lawson is hired for that????? Problem with PCB and current Pakistani stars(that's what they think they are) is they cannot respect their own people, x-players or seniors. They would rather take stuff from any foreigner of white origin.... Story does not end here and probably will never...

  • Bob on July 16, 2007, 21:53 GMT

    Geoff - Welcome to the Jungle.

  • Danish on July 16, 2007, 21:08 GMT

    Well I think the onus on the team...how well we let him coach....I hope the politics in the team dies and we can work...I guess a good coach can help but cant do wonders....So dont expect miracles!!!

  • Shahid Faruqui, Detroit MI on July 16, 2007, 20:54 GMT

    Jeff is better than Dav under the circumstances. The guys like him and it is their recommendation. Good luck Jeff and good luck Pakistan. It ain't going to be easy. Have a pleasant and safe sojourn with Pakistani team, media and public

  • Rehan Qureshi on July 16, 2007, 20:54 GMT

    I like the choice of Lawson but If players voted for him because they were not comfortable with Whatmore's hard work policy then I believe Lawson can't do anything and the things wont change much in the long run.

  • Nasir on July 16, 2007, 20:18 GMT

    The onus for improvement lies with the players. They will make or break Lawson. At the end of the day, the coach does just that coach, its the players that nned to perform on the field.

    Pakistan has had some excellent coaches in the past, but with each one they showed temporary improvement and then down the abyss again.

    Unfortunately, until we see serious organisational changes at the top and a change of attitude at the grass roots level even the best coach is bound to fail in Pakistan. Lawson is far to organised for an unruly lost like Pakistan.

  • Hasan Poswal on July 16, 2007, 20:01 GMT

    Good decision PCB. Bring the winning attitude and concentrate on mental toughness. Pak has to be open to new ideas and not show signs of a closed and paranoid musim mind. Be open to change and you will conquer. Good luck!

  • Usman Nazar Rathore on July 16, 2007, 19:31 GMT

    I think Lawson is "THE MAN" to coach Pakistan, For those who are criticizing him should know this for a fact that he was the one who influenced Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, the later being the founder of the Modern Aussie Team. As far as Lawson being a bowler is concerned and David Whatmore being a batsman, with due respect i think if any batsman has a technique problem at international level, he should straight away go back to the academy, the Australians do it and thats y they are the best, y cant be and y should we not. Lawson's power is respect, authority, positive attitude and hard work. I am sure he is the correct person to give this new Pakistani Team a competitive look which after Wasim Akram we have all waited for. Best of luck Lawson and the Pakistani Team, My prays, hopes and support is with u all :)

  • Shoaib on July 16, 2007, 19:25 GMT

    I think this could turn out to be a brilliant move by the Cricket Board. They deserve credit for not 'playing it safe' by appointing Whatmore as the coach. Geoff Lawson certainly seems really motivated to coach an international team and if he is able to get through to the players, Pakistan could actually start giving Australia a tough time. I was really disappointed to read the negative feedback from our former players. But I guess then again, pessimism and criticism is really the only thing they are good at!

  • Azeem Subhani on July 16, 2007, 19:13 GMT

    Sitting in US and watching the team during the late 80s and early 90s high to current low, I feel that Lawson is not what we needed. We need coaches who can communicate better than what we saw in Bob Woolmer's case. The level of Education in our cricketeres is a shamefully low. How do they ever fully understand a foreign coach. Dr. Nasim Ashraf would know this problem well since he lived abroad for a long while as well. I fail to understand why we insist on excellence in our coaches that has no chance of a transfer to the team. Our system is producing very talented players but they remain poorly educated and speak none or very basic English. I would hope that Dr. Ashraf has given this matter a thorough thought before taking a risk that could cost our game a few years of lows and more importantly for PCB "MUCHO DENERO".

  • DesiHungama on July 16, 2007, 18:07 GMT

    I opted for Dav Whatmore in the begining purely due to his past credentials as a head coach but as I came to understand the polity and strength of Pakistani cricket. I now personnaly beleive Geoff Lawson is the right choice for our team. Welcome Geoff!. Many people on this blog have argued that our batting is problematic and we need a batting cum head coach. But one has to understand that our strength is bowling. You win the games by two means. Either batting(offense) or bowling(defense). Pakistan has always had that killer instinct. And just as the saying goes "Defense wins the game" I think Lawson will have a great impact on our bowling side and he will bring out that killer instint in the players which has been missing since 2'W's era.(Remember we piggy back rode the bowlers to win the world cup). It is very hard to wig the game sin both departments. So just if we strengthen ourselve sin the bowling we do not really need to worry too much about our batting foes. We do have some quality batsmen that shine from time to time. That is all we will command from them. As long as our bowlers perform most upto the par. I see a good run into the next world cup. This is not to say we neglect the batting department. We do need a strong batting coach alongside. I welcome PCB's decision to allow Lawson to bring his own personnel on board. Dr. Naseem Ashraf has finally instilled some into our polity of cricket. Good Luck Dear Lawson!.

  • Mike Rosario on July 16, 2007, 18:05 GMT

    Lawson could make an excellent bowling coach.But the batting is the real problem.Additionally , no one on the team can communicate in English . So , a good starting point would be ESL for all cricketers.

  • Nadeem Pirzada on July 16, 2007, 17:51 GMT

    i think lawson ,will be the right chioce for pakistan cricket becoz after shoaib akhtet all bowlers r new to international cricket,and they have less experience too.Bowling is always the wining weapon for pakistan team and lawson is also a bowler so i hope he ,ll bring pakistani bowling right back on track.he needs to work on Muhammad sami, umer gull &Asif alote becoz these r the future of pakistan bowling.Why i,m happy with lawson as a coach of pakistan becoz this is his 1st coaching job ,and i,m hoping he ,ll do it .

  • Theena on July 16, 2007, 17:46 GMT

    I still can't understand why Whatmore was not chosen. Here is a man that has a wonderful record of taking weak, moderately talented teams and improving them significantly. Plus, he has the additional advantage of having worked with a team that has cultural proximity to Pakistan in Bangladesh. He is literally the perfect candidate for Pakistan.

    Players are throwing the toys of their pram at the prospect of hard task-master? Throw out the bloody players.

    As for Ranatunga's alleged negative comments on Dav, I have to say that it was shocking. I can't understand why he would do that.

  • Ghazanfar on July 16, 2007, 17:38 GMT

    its a real cop out going for lawson...they basically bottled it..clearly arjuna ranatungas had an influence..dav whatmore would have been the ideal choice..an inspiring coach who won the 96 world cup, he has grasp of sub continent feelings and nature and hes a strict worker...i think after the adolf hitler like captaincy of inzi the people wanted to relax and so they went for lawson...i cant see him inspiring ...poor decision by pcb

  • Imran on July 16, 2007, 17:33 GMT

    if the PCB had a brain, they would also hire 3 specialists in areas such as fielding,batting and bowling .. please sort it out

  • Adnan Wadood on July 16, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    first of all i would like to share my opinion and sadness for the Whatmore because he is very experienced coach and he knows the asian conditions very well but on the other hand Jeff Lawson is also very experienced coach and he can do well,But ithink the coach for Pakistani team would be nay Pakistani not any foreigner because if you would like to select a foeigner coach for this you would have to teach english to pakistani players because they cannot understand english except some players.

  • Zeeshan on July 16, 2007, 16:49 GMT

    I guess Dav whatmore has been left eating his own words when he had initially shunned the Pakistani's proposal(saying that the team wasn't hard working enough) for India and at the end had to come back and yet still lost the hot seat. As witnessed, with all the boards be it the SriLanka or Bangladesh,his attitude when leaving the post was unusual and quite sad for the teams that termed him as their "father figure." With his track record he might still get a chance but i feel after being left out by the Indian and now the Pakistani Board he might just try out a county.Geoff might give a more educated,professional approach towards the team and for that our best wishes to him.

  • Xeno on July 16, 2007, 16:47 GMT

    ASsalam-o-alaikum, i feel its a healthy step towards the improvement of pakistan cricket. Lawson being a fast bowler may induce wonders in our players, his fervent nature may spark the right attitude in the team and the right frame of mind, which we have always been lacking in the past, except in Wasim Akram's era... A dynamic personality is all what we needed and Lawson might just be the right man!

  • Imran on July 16, 2007, 16:41 GMT

    Someone once said its better to work on your stregnths rather than try to improve your weaknesses... but let me point out... bowlers win Test matches... and we have enough depth in batting to win one dayers... people like Malik, Afridi and Razzaq are our trusty ODI specialists... and by hiring lawson two things can be worked upon... firstly the mentality because he can install the tough giving a 100% mentality in our players which he said is what happens in the Australian camp... secondly we all noticed our bowling struggled once waqar was removed as bowling coach... the batting did not thrive when Miandad was coach or when Woolmer was coach but it was apparent we needed a fast bowler as our coach... and if we did need a batting coach then look no further than Miandad but he cant be head coach... for obvious reason e.g. players lacking respect for him, alredy had three stints, and obviously if he did become coach it wont be long before he is shoved out of the position as done previously. I hope lawson can make our batsmen mentally tough and our bowlers accurate. Lawson was always a better candidate than Done I believe and Whatmore, well he always wanted the indian job.. sorry he is just looking for more money.. he left Bangladesh when he heard about interest in him from Pakistan and India , but he preffered the Indian probably because they were able to give him a better salary... and now he must be disappointed because not only did he get neither the Indian job nor the Pakistani, he is currently unemployed and deservingly so... for the lack of passion. I hope Lawson can groom malik to be a great captain. Goodluck Lawson and the rest of the team.

  • LMO on July 16, 2007, 16:38 GMT

    I think Lawson is the best choice. Dave had a good record but if you look at the history his record is limited to subcontinent alike tracks. We needed some one who has done some work with the modern Aussies Cricket. During Dave times Aussies were not as advance as they are now.

  • Umair Muzaffar on July 16, 2007, 16:14 GMT

    The moment I heard that Dav Whatmore was more interested in the India job, it seemed logical for Pakistan to look elsewhere. I do not fault Dav Whatmore for vying for the Indian Job --- after all the money is over 3 times that of Pakistan.

    Then there was the Wild Card entry of Geoff Lawson … frankly speaking, his demeanor throughout the selection/interviewing process has been exemplary --- he has been excited about the challenge, respectful to the players and the administration and also a little nervous --- which is all very natural.

    I think that Geoff Lawson is the RIGHT choice because he is young with a burning desire to prove his credibility and has the aggressiveness of an Australian fast bowler. He comes with the right baggage to stand next to the egos of Shoaib, Asif, Afridi and Younis to command respect and COACH them --- rather then to appease them.

    I am cautiously optimistic about this decision by the PCB and hope that both Pakistan Cricket and Geoff Lawson are able to benefit from this engagement.

  • Shankar on July 16, 2007, 16:13 GMT

    Always enjoy Mr Abbasi's articles. What I would like to know is what exactly was Whatmore's undoing? how could Pakistan or India let this guy go when he has such a wonderful track record and was so keen on the job?

  • Irfan, Dubai on July 16, 2007, 15:50 GMT

    "Lawson" was the best available choice for Pakistan and I'm really pleased with PCB to have appointed him. For those who still think that "Dev Whatmore" should have been selected, "He was the one runing behind big money(for india's job) and Pakistan was always his 2nd choice", Why should we go for such a person?, who's first choice is only money & glamour. Weldone PCB, good luck Pakistan cricket and good luck Geoff Lawson.

  • Haider Mahmud, Rawalpindi, Pakistan on July 16, 2007, 15:50 GMT

    Excellent decision. Lawson is the most ideal coach for this job. He seems to have the motivation to prove himself. Also he seems energetic and fresh. He gives the impression of a person who wants the best from his players but who will try his best to win over the players.

  • ubaid on July 16, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    Pakistanis also have the tendency to disagree for the sake of disagreeing. If people see a lot of support on something they will offer an opposing point of view just to stand out. Some people will pretend to know the future, and so forth. It is important to have perspective. PCB went through the process admirably. They did not rush through it. They did the best job they could have under the circumstances. If it turns out well, good for Pakistan. If it dosen't, it would not be the first time but at least we can be sure that people went about it the right way. For all the cynics out there, it's too early for me to be reading about your prophecies of doom.

  • Abdulla on July 16, 2007, 15:30 GMT

    A good move for sure to have Lawson as coach, hope he can deliver.. and hope he given a free hand in selection process too and some new faces from under 19 are tried rather than bringing old guys like Misbah, Taufeeq Umer, Faisal Iqbal etc as they have been given countless chances. Hey Lawson, please introduce 18 or 19 years old as they got fighting spirit. get them in young is what Imran use to say and he proved it. See Wasim, Waqar or even Aqib all came young. They were all match winner aso my advice to the PCB chairman is to make a wise decision and bring some players from the under-19 level. Believe me it will work.

  • Ali Ahad on July 16, 2007, 15:30 GMT

    My money was on both Lawson and Whatmore. Dav has proven himself with sub-continent teams and Lawson has to prove himself. I think he will prove himself to every one that he is a good coach. His 'get on or Get lost' philosophy will be a testing time for the pakistani players especially for Shoaib Akhter. People say that Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor become finest captains under him, let's see if Malik can do the same.

  • Mr. K, on July 16, 2007, 15:20 GMT

    I would like to wish Geoff the best of luck in trying to coach the Pakistan team, because he will surely need it.

    I saw where Dav Whatmore was overlooked because one of the things were he would have worked the players hard. These players need to understand they are being paid to do a job and someone is being paid to get the best results out of them. They players do need someone to pat them on the back as well kick them in the behind when they do need it. Pakistan has the best talent the world period! How to use that talent is another story. Talent can only get you so far but hard work and dedication will get you almost anything. Way too much is made of these players minimal achievements by the media so much so that the players do belive all the hype by the press and hot air that is being blown up their rear end by the fans. Many of these players are way to spoiled and pampered for any coach to get maximum results out of them.

    If this coach is left to do the job without interference from the various factions in Pakistan cricket he may have a good chance to be successful. If not mediocrity will continue as it has been since 1992.

  • Salman on July 16, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    PCB has shown to put personal ego over country again. Whatmore was by far a better choice: proven at international level and surely far superior to Mr Lawson. Even though some camps within PCB did gun hard for Whatmore, the higher ups as usual chose like the Indian board and did not take on someone who may be too 'strong' to handle. Not taking on Whatmore is another sign of weakness by Mr Ashraf, who could have done much better to leave his ego at the door. Time will tell. Good luck nonetheless!

  • Khurram Dawood on July 16, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    No dout Lawson is good. But Pakistani players need a local coach. I tink Aqib Javed or Waqar Y would be better Choice. Lets hope Lawson do well.

  • jawad on July 16, 2007, 14:58 GMT

    I am unable to understand why we are looking for the foreign coaches when we have great minds here in Pakistan. Why dont we give chance to aaqib Javaid who has already proved his credentials by bringing Pakistan cricket at top in junior level.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL on July 16, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    Wasim Saqib, there you go. You made a valid point that the "player power" lead to Lawson's appointment. The PCB must have also realized this weakness and agreed to the senior player's demand to keep Dav out and bring in Lawson knowing his weaknesses also in keeping their own interest ahead i.e., in poking their nose in every matter and that too every now and then.

    Gaurav has also made a point about keeping the coach's role at the academy level and not at the national level. I have said this b4 and reiterate my point again that, this foreign coach business is a fad and Pakistan is doing just the same as others i.e., keeping up with the Joneses, c'est ca.

  • Sarosh on July 16, 2007, 14:49 GMT

    As long as they go out play their natural game and give it their all i will be happy.

    After all we know that it was the cornerred tiger that won in 92.

    Lets not get caught up in technique let pure talent take over with a dash of passion.

  • Ali Basat on July 16, 2007, 14:48 GMT

    Lawson should follow the footsteps of Bob Woolmer and implement his vision of the pakistan team by meticulous planning and fastidious execution.

  • Masaood Yunus on July 16, 2007, 14:41 GMT

    Well said Kamran. The task is a tough one but going by Lawson's profile, He might be able to overcome the hurdles (mainly the different cricket culture). This is a new beginning for Pakistan cricket with many youngsters and a new beginning for Lawson as well as first ever international coaching assignment. Only time will tell if they both compliment each other and grow together or not.

  • Farhan Aziz on July 16, 2007, 14:35 GMT

    I am impressed with the bold decision. A feisty fast bowling coach may just give the team the edge that has been missing. I like it!

  • Rayo from Kentucky on July 16, 2007, 14:28 GMT

    Has anyone been privy to the selectorial process by the PCB in choosing Geoff Lawson over the other two applicants? What were the similarities, differences, qualifications of the applicants that made or broke their chances? Primarily, what were the issues that undid the chances of Dav Whatmore? Does anyone know about Ranatunga's reasons for suggesting that Dav would not have been the appropriate choice of coach? Now that it's a done deal, I'm hopeful that the team can get behind the new coach and be accepting and supportive of his methods. If any team player is resistant to Lawson's coaching, it remains to be seen whether that will create rifts and little cliques that could derail the process. We only have to look at the Chappell project, as well as the news that the late Bob Woolmer could only do so much because of the control exerted by the captain.

  • Karthik on July 16, 2007, 14:26 GMT

    Sorry I cant understand formula behind hiring "foreign coach". I'm happy a fast bowler came as coach to Pakistan ,they have good and raw fast bowlers like Shoaib, Asif etc ,there are so many genuine quick bowlers in Pakistan so Lawson may be helpful to them, but Pakistan has own good fast bowling coaches like Sarfaraz Nawaz, Wasim Akram , Waqar Younis etc; why don't you hire them ,whats the problem in that . Please avoid hiring foreign coaches,and have our own ex- players as coaches.

    Some time it works when you have foreign coaches,but its best to have our own coach You see the Australian side; they won't select foreign coaches from the beginning thats why they still no.1 side.

  • Muhammad Asif on July 16, 2007, 14:22 GMT

    I would just reiterate my words that the role of the coach is just a hype of the media & ex-players. Its the leadership of a captain that makes difference not the highly qualified coach. People are saying that coach should be local. C'mon grow up, we are living in an era where geographical boundaries are diminishing with every passing moment. Its the people belonging to same school of thought coming close together instead of people belonging to same geographical area. So the word local is just an obsolete one.

  • Ahmer on July 16, 2007, 14:22 GMT

    Every one keeps banging on about needing a batting coach as if our bowling is the best in the world. Our bowling is stronger not strong. We undoubtedly have huge talent in the department and we need someone like Lawson to get the best out of the them. Theres no point in crying about our batting as it won't be much better with a batting coach. Did Miandad/Woolmer do much to improve our batting abroad? With Akhtar lookin for a last hoorah, Asif lookin to be the best, Gul looking like he could lead an attack, Rao Iftikar lookin like he has some guts and Sami, urm, well he's still around, we got to make them our strength. build on them and make them feared. Who better than a fearsome fast bowler. Good luck Geoff

  • Shahid on July 16, 2007, 14:21 GMT

    I am writing on this blog after a while. I used to have an opinion on any subject that involved Pakistan. But now I am confused about everything that involves Pakistan ranging from Politics to Cricket. May Allah help Pakistan.

  • Chris G on July 16, 2007, 14:19 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and have plenty of respect for Henry's knowledge of the game, however, I'm not sure that he has the goods for this job. I honestly wish him and Pakistan well. Good luck!

  • Haseeb Ahmed on July 16, 2007, 14:18 GMT

    Excellent choice. I do think with the right combination of discipline, grit and people management, Pakistan cricket can soon reach glorious heights again.

  • WASIM SAQIB on July 16, 2007, 14:14 GMT

    PCB once again yielded to player power as most of the senior players and key management personnel were against the appointment of Dav Whatmore.

    Geoff Lawson might help improve some of the fast bowlers but I don't think that he will be able to help any of the batsmen and since he does not have any experience of international coaching he might not be able to help Shoaib Malik in strategy and planning,the senior players and the key members of the management voted for a weak coach so that their role in the decision making is not diminished.Most of the players will still look towards local coaches at the academy in times of need,in reality Lawson will be a dummy coach and the ultimate sacrificial Goat.

  • Owais Ahmad on July 16, 2007, 14:07 GMT

    Good decision ! In the previous thread about coaching, I had mentioned that Lawson seems to be the right man. He visited Pakistan in 1983 when Australia were whitewashed by Imran Khan & Co. Mind you he was the best Australian bowler during that tour and also a fighting tail-ender. Most importantly he has the attitude and was excited about coaching Pakistan.

  • Kamran on July 16, 2007, 14:04 GMT

    Hope he will deliver what he said! He have to improve Pakistan's fitness problems, playing on green wickets and opening problems.Hope we get positive results

  • Zain on July 16, 2007, 14:04 GMT

    For the 1st time i believe that PCB has made the right decision. Lawson has a tough task ahead and after reading his comments on this website;it tells a lot.

    He has commitment and a fighting spirit about this job but what Pakistani players needed is a "strong and disciplined mentor" thats the real thing and we all are willing to see that in Lawson's coaching but but but remember the incident of Greg Chappel....... don't imitate Chappel,Henry!

    His point was right but his way wasn't ..and I am sure that Lawson must have learned from it that subcontinental culture is totally different from Australian culture and thats the first thing required for this job.

  • Muhammad Sarfraz on July 16, 2007, 14:01 GMT

    Better luck Mr. Lawson and Pakistan Cricket, but be sure about the main problem of Pakistan cricket team. Batting is our main problem so please work on it.

  • Gaurav on July 16, 2007, 13:57 GMT

    I am unable to understand the "we need a coach" mindset prevalent in the sub continent. What is the coach supposed to do? Coach cannot select the team, because we selectors doing that. Coach cannot correct technical issues, because we have bowling and batting coaches for that. Coach cannot plan strategy, because we have a captain for that. If guys who have played hundre's of matches between themselves can't figure things out themselves....then either they are not good enough or don't want to take responsibility for their performances....in either situations they should not be in the team in the first place. Having a coach, that too a foreign one, is just a ploy to hide structural deficiencies in the system and to have someone to blame for dismal performances. If you want to have a coach, have him coach the junior and A teams, not your national team.

  • srivathsan on July 16, 2007, 13:55 GMT

    For once I feel sad for Dave Whatmore .It is a classic case of bad luck or what else you say ? Whatmore is a proven performer that too in subcontinent.He has the credit of taking Bangladesh ,a minnow ,to enter Super Eights while so called super coaches like Greg Chappell & Bob Woolmer failed to do so even with reputed sides.

    Sri Lanka was no where when he joined as coach and they won the World Cup

    Despite that India dumped him after giving him lots of hope without assigning any reason what so ever.at that point I thought that India's loss is Pakistan's gain.It was almost sure that he will be the coach for Pakistan.Now the same old story.I am not questioning the ability of Lawson to be a coach.But as you have rightly pointed out

  • Irfan on July 16, 2007, 13:53 GMT

    So the cat is out of the bag. Today onwards Pak cricket turns a new page. An untried coach and a new look team with a rookie captain, makes for very interesting times ahead. I hope at least once PCB makes some efforts to nurture new talent and bring out the best in our raw talent. I would think that appointment of Mansoor Akhtar as a batting coach wouldn't be a bad idea, he was touted to be a straight bat and technically correct batsman in his times unfortunately didn't see much success at international level but his batting skills and home record is something to go by. Good luck Pakistan!

  • Yassar on July 16, 2007, 13:50 GMT

    ‘A gamble’ is the best way to describe the appointment of Geoff Lawson as the new Pakistani coach.

    I’m not sure what the thinking is behind this appointment but I do wish it success and hope it transfers Pakistan as one of the most talented & skilful sides into ‘The Best Side’.

    I personally would have opted for Dav Whatmore who is a proven & successful coach but more importantly he was more familiar with the culture. We only have to look back at India’s appointment of Greg Chappell and it’s failure. One of the key reasons was he could not adapt or understand the culture. The other bemusing thing is that it would be fair to say that Geoff Lawson’s strength will be in his coaching of the bowling department. Yet it is well documented that it’s Pakistan’s batting that needs the attention. BUT it can also be argued that at the level he will be coaching at, players will not need coaching and it is in fact subtle changes that are done…a tweak here and a tweak there. As players at that level will or should know what to do. I have a sneaky feeling that Lawson will be concentrating on the mental side of the team and trying to install the Australian mentality and marry that with the Pakistani talent in order to create a team that can be on top of the tree.

    Now that the decision has been made I hope all will wish him the best!

  • zazz on July 16, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    A very fine selection from PCB. Geoff Lawson has large influence over the Australian style of cricket and especially the blowers. In contrast, Dav Whatmore is a bit strict in his approach although very keen at improving the players. But he was going to be treated the same way as Miandad was treated by many senior players when he tried to guide seniors asking for their commitment to the game. Geoff Lawson obviously a better international player than Whatmore, may prove to be much more suitable for coaching Pakistan cricket team. BEST OF LUCK to GEOFF Lawson.

  • Imran Butt on July 16, 2007, 13:44 GMT

    Once again players’ power in Pakistan cricket proves crucial to enforce the decision making and lack of steel in its determination in PCBs management board. What a shameful and despicable decision to appoint a less experienced former pace-man of Australia. I must quote here the legendary Hanif Muhammad which he made during the interview stage of the candidates for applying the post of coaching the Pakistan’s senior team. "I wonder over the wisdom of PCB inviting Lawson and Done for the job. Both were basically bowlers and Pakistan's weakness has been batting failure as the bowlers have done far better. What these men will do to improve our batting?" Now enough said by the little master Hanif sahib and I can predict more disaster in the shape of successive chain of humiliations which will grace to Pakistan cricket in coming months. Good luck PCB and to our lazy players and welcome to another chapter of Pakistan cricket’s humiliation packed era under the behest Lawson mate and his bunch of white elephants (Pakistani players).

  • Khalid on July 16, 2007, 13:43 GMT

    Dav Whatmore is what the Pakistan team needs rightnow. He has the no non-sense type attitude and that's exactly what the team needs rightnow. Our team needs DISCIPLINE and Dav has the proven record with prior teams. If the so called "Boys" on the team didn't like Dav its because they don't want to work hard. I'm sorry if I sound harsh but we just have soo much talent on this team not to NO.1 in the world.!!!! Either way, best of luck to our newest coach.

  • Dil Shah on July 16, 2007, 13:42 GMT

    I have yet to understand why Lawson ,who has been a bowler .How can he guide the batsman to bat & what tips he can give to seasoned player (BATSMAN).For the bowlers yes he can be a treasure for them .I think PCB should hire Miandad or Zaheer Abbas or Mushtaq Mohammad as a with lawson as a head coach .Then the it balances .At this juntire nothing seems to be balance .Nothing against Lawson he is good .One thing is very important that the English will improve of all the players as well .Which is a very precise problem also of our players. God Luck lawson.Welcome on board......

  • shaz on July 16, 2007, 13:39 GMT

    Pakistani cricket is in turmoil and i honestly dont think lawson will do any good

  • salim on July 16, 2007, 13:28 GMT

    The King is Dead! Long live the new King!!! I don't really have a problem with Geoff - The problems is with Pakistani so called experts - I Wonder how many are already rubbing their hand together planning, scheming, conniving their next move and praying that Pakistani Cricket Team doesn’t do well all because they are not in charge anymore - You have been warned Mr. Javed Miandad, Mr. Sarfraz Nawaz..Etc, etc

  • Asim Shahzad on July 16, 2007, 13:12 GMT

    I completely agree with the appointment of Geoff Lawson over Dav Whatmore. Best of luck to Henry!

  • Bilal on July 16, 2007, 13:11 GMT

    No one know how good Lawson will be, but he seems like a suitable choice. I am glad Dav didn't get the job. We want someone who is willing to work with us and we are the first priority. Dave's first choice was India and he only considered Pakistan after being dropped by the Indian Board. I also didn't like the manner in which he left Bangladesh. A fast bowler as a coach is a good choice. Our bowling improves and when our batsmen play our improved bowlers they also improve. A win win situation. Best of luck to Pakistan.

  • Luqman Mansoor on July 16, 2007, 13:11 GMT

    To me the better choice was watmore, as he had all the experience of the subcontinent, but now as lawson has been selected that its a mere truth, that he will also face same problems that woolmer once encountered, and to coach pakistanis not an easy Job Best of Luck Lawson

  • augustus on July 16, 2007, 13:10 GMT

    Pity Ranatunga and others who back stabbed Whatmore. Ranatunga especially paints a disgusting picture as Whatmore helped him and Sri Lanka to win the World cup. Hope Whatmore lands a good county coach contract.

  • Abdul Kadir Hussain on July 16, 2007, 13:08 GMT

    Teh support staff will be key. Most importantly just as we needed a bowling coach under Woolmer, we need a batting coach under Lawson. My favorite candidates would be Shoaib Mohammed or Asif Mujtaba. I think you need a local presence as far as coaching is concerned and these guys played cricket in the no too distant past. Not sure if either is available, but I would definitely have a local batting coach.

  • Mian Muhammed on July 16, 2007, 13:08 GMT

    Good News in Pakistani Cricket after a very long time. I guess he will be a better choice. PCB has seem to taken some good steps recently. 1. S Malik is not ashamed to learn English Language and PCB has also hinted that English and communication lessons will be made compulasary for all those getting trained in their acadamies. 2. Central contract system for regional players. 3. Bowler friendly wickets for domestic matches. 4. Reviving cricket at school level which seems to have disappeared from Pakistani Circuit.

    All these are the signs that the present PCB chairman, he has been a failure so far, has the vision and desire to do something beneficial for Pakistani Cricket. It remains to be seen how sucessfully and professionaly he implements his plans and groom his vision for the prosperity of cricket in the country. However, I wish him a good luck and strongly desire that the new coach as well his vision fruitfully serve cricket in Pakistan.

    Good luick guys and work sincerely as God help those who want to help themselves.

  • Mohammad Ali Dada on July 16, 2007, 13:06 GMT

    The positive aspect of this appointment is that Pakistan now have an aggressive captain with an aggressive coach and Pakistan are at their best when they play postively. The downside is that coach specializes in an area where the team is already very good - fast bowling. The traditional weak link is batting, especially opening. That I fear may remain an unresolved issue.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on July 16, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    Pakistanis have this habit of praising the rising sun and in awarding titles and accolades to every Tom, Dick, and Harry. They praise them to the extent of adoring and worshiping them especially, when they think a messiah has arrived on the scene! They love to carry him on their shoulders to the throne, leave no stone unturned in praising and comparing him with the greatest of the great. As soon as the tide changes, they are equally very quick in dumping, dethroning and dishonouring the same person and hurling abuses and decorating him with garlands of garbage and sandals.

    Now, is the time that we all would be seeing comments on the blog like, "fantastic choice, great choice, smart choice, better than Dav, what more do you want?" Wait for sometime and you will hear, US$240,000 per year salary, what did he deliver in return? Miandad would have been better, aNO Akram would have been better. The PCB has gone bonkers etc. (I am agree here)

    God saved Bob Woolmer from character analysis to mere blemishes and, God bless the so-called King Henry Lawson! FYI, the nick name Henry is not from King Henry I or II, but he is named after the Australian bush poet Barcroft Henry Thomas Boake.

  • Usman Masood on July 16, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    Lawson is a gamble for trembling pakistani cricket. i think whatmore was the best choice in present circumstances... he has spent alot of time and work in Asia and knows the nerves well.... but player power always wins here... lets hope it will work.

  • Shehzad Ghani on July 16, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    I think Lawson is alright because the PCB believes and thats on record that the coach is not there to teach something to the players. Thus, the batsmen need to go to the academy and learn and fine tune themselves.

  • shahid shah on July 16, 2007, 12:51 GMT

    Like any other thing a coach has its on shell life. So as far as whatmore is concerned that is over for him. He has been in coaching for long time now. What pakistan needs right now is the new and fresh person and Lawson is the ideal one.

  • Luqman Mansoor on July 16, 2007, 12:51 GMT

    To me the better choice was watmore, as he had all the experience of the subcontinent, but now as lawson has been selected that its a mere truth, that he will also face same problems that woolmer once encountered, and to coach pakistanis not an easy Job Best of Luck Lawson

  • Zulfiqar Ali Sialkot on July 16, 2007, 12:43 GMT

    I think that foreign coach isn't better for Pakistani team, because there will be a big communication gap between coach and uneducated player.In my view Javed Miandad is best coach for Pakistan cricket.

  • Adnan on July 16, 2007, 12:42 GMT

    i think thats the prefect choice for pakistan cricket. In the past pakistan has been reknown for their fighting spirit, which they had feeded through classic pace bowling attack.

  • tahir khan on July 16, 2007, 12:41 GMT

    Pakistans problems are mostly related to batting. I dont see how he will improve the situation. A batting coach would have been better suited for the job.

  • Amjad Malik on July 16, 2007, 12:41 GMT

    I have fond memories of seeing Lawson bowl in the eightees, which was an impressive sight. Hope he can add value to the upredictable cricket setup that we have in this country. Best of luck Geoff!

  • Farrukh Shah on July 16, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    The PCB for once seem to have got it right with the appointment of Geoff Lawson. Infact a fast bowler's mentality is the preceription for the as yet undiagnosed and mysterious illness that has been plagued Pakistan Cricket for so long. Let the bowlers live a little I say.

  • Junaid on July 16, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    I welcome the decision of making Geoff Lawson the incharge of Pakistan Cricket team. He seems to be a more aggresive individual than whatmore and it might be the thing that Pakistan Cricket needs. Though i beleive he might not have started out on the right foot than he ought to. Leaking his promotion before the official announcement does not exibit anything good about the man. Lawson should realize that this job brings as much senstivity as it may bring kudos. All the best, and lets get some prominent trophies now!

  • shmoun maqsood on July 16, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    I believe this is a fantastic appointment. Not only is he an Australian but one that has played the game at international level. So he is aware of the wind and grind that cricketers go through. He is aware of the task ahead, a massive one at that but he has shown the enthusiasm and willingness to take on the position and succeed. That is the first obstacle that has been tackled. He really wanted the job. This appointment will also benefit Pakistan in the long run as Lawson will instill an Australian attitude into the team. A real team, work ethic that has been missing in Pakistan cricket. I believe in years to come we will look back at this appointment and applaud it.

  • S A Raja on July 16, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran,

    At last Pakistan have named the coach and it's good for the players to know who they will berking with before a very hectic season starts.

    Let's hope that Pakistan Cricket team becmes more consistent and give the marauding Aussie's a run for their money, because tough competition is needed at the international level, otherwise the Aussies are going to dominate the international stage as they have consistently dominated these last few years.

  • khawaja naveed zafar on July 16, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    to me the most important aspect of Jeoff Lawson coaching will be how much authority and responsibility he will be assigned.

    Because the reluctance of players for Dev Watmore shows that they are not ready to have any tough guy with a lot of authority and responsibility.

    Best of Luck Mr. Jeff Lawson and welcome to Pakistan.

  • Mubarik Ali on July 16, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    I think SMART choice by PCB this time.

    GOOD Luck Lawson & Pakistan cricket :)

  • YALMAZ on July 16, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    In my opinion Dave Whatmore would have been a better choice for several reasons. His experience with subcontinent teams He was primarily a batsmen and Pakistan has a real problem in that respect. He has a proven track record of doing well with mediocre teams. Lawson is a gamble. He might do wonders or he might fail miserably just like Richard Pybus. Coaching is different ball game than playing international cricket. I am not sure about the coaching credentials of Lawson but I hope his international experience wasn't a reason for PCB to pick him as tha coach.

  • nasim on July 16, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    Good move according to me.... dare to be different.... alwayz pakistan team...

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  • nasim on July 16, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    Good move according to me.... dare to be different.... alwayz pakistan team...

  • YALMAZ on July 16, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    In my opinion Dave Whatmore would have been a better choice for several reasons. His experience with subcontinent teams He was primarily a batsmen and Pakistan has a real problem in that respect. He has a proven track record of doing well with mediocre teams. Lawson is a gamble. He might do wonders or he might fail miserably just like Richard Pybus. Coaching is different ball game than playing international cricket. I am not sure about the coaching credentials of Lawson but I hope his international experience wasn't a reason for PCB to pick him as tha coach.

  • Mubarik Ali on July 16, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    I think SMART choice by PCB this time.

    GOOD Luck Lawson & Pakistan cricket :)

  • khawaja naveed zafar on July 16, 2007, 12:29 GMT

    to me the most important aspect of Jeoff Lawson coaching will be how much authority and responsibility he will be assigned.

    Because the reluctance of players for Dev Watmore shows that they are not ready to have any tough guy with a lot of authority and responsibility.

    Best of Luck Mr. Jeff Lawson and welcome to Pakistan.

  • S A Raja on July 16, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran,

    At last Pakistan have named the coach and it's good for the players to know who they will berking with before a very hectic season starts.

    Let's hope that Pakistan Cricket team becmes more consistent and give the marauding Aussie's a run for their money, because tough competition is needed at the international level, otherwise the Aussies are going to dominate the international stage as they have consistently dominated these last few years.

  • shmoun maqsood on July 16, 2007, 12:31 GMT

    I believe this is a fantastic appointment. Not only is he an Australian but one that has played the game at international level. So he is aware of the wind and grind that cricketers go through. He is aware of the task ahead, a massive one at that but he has shown the enthusiasm and willingness to take on the position and succeed. That is the first obstacle that has been tackled. He really wanted the job. This appointment will also benefit Pakistan in the long run as Lawson will instill an Australian attitude into the team. A real team, work ethic that has been missing in Pakistan cricket. I believe in years to come we will look back at this appointment and applaud it.

  • Junaid on July 16, 2007, 12:37 GMT

    I welcome the decision of making Geoff Lawson the incharge of Pakistan Cricket team. He seems to be a more aggresive individual than whatmore and it might be the thing that Pakistan Cricket needs. Though i beleive he might not have started out on the right foot than he ought to. Leaking his promotion before the official announcement does not exibit anything good about the man. Lawson should realize that this job brings as much senstivity as it may bring kudos. All the best, and lets get some prominent trophies now!

  • Farrukh Shah on July 16, 2007, 12:38 GMT

    The PCB for once seem to have got it right with the appointment of Geoff Lawson. Infact a fast bowler's mentality is the preceription for the as yet undiagnosed and mysterious illness that has been plagued Pakistan Cricket for so long. Let the bowlers live a little I say.

  • Amjad Malik on July 16, 2007, 12:41 GMT

    I have fond memories of seeing Lawson bowl in the eightees, which was an impressive sight. Hope he can add value to the upredictable cricket setup that we have in this country. Best of luck Geoff!

  • tahir khan on July 16, 2007, 12:41 GMT

    Pakistans problems are mostly related to batting. I dont see how he will improve the situation. A batting coach would have been better suited for the job.