Pakistan news April 30, 2013

Trent Woodhill appointed Pakistan batting coach


Pakistan have appointed the Australian Trent Woodhill as their batting coach for the Champions Trophy. He will join the squad directly in England and will be on probation for three weeks with the national side in June.

Woodhill, 42, is currently part of the support staff with Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing IPL. He was New Zealand's assistant coach till last year and has also been involved with Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League in Australia.

"He was offered a short-term role as batting coach and he has accepted it," Intikhab Alam, PCB Director international cricket, told reporters. "His services will be on trial and if the management is happy with his work his contract will be extended."

The decision to appoint Woodhill followed serious concerns over Pakistan's fragile batting, which flopped during their 3-0 rout in the Tests in South Africa earlier this year. The team also lost the five-match one-day series 3-2. Pakistan had been hunting for a batting coach for the last year and a half but never settled on one candidate.

In response to a PCB advertisement last year, several former players, including Zaheer Abbas and Saleem Malik, applied for the role but the PCB had insisted on hiring a candidate with at least a Level 3 coaching accreditation and a minimum of five years' experience working with top cricketers. Pakistan appointed the former captain Inzamam-ul Haq ahead of the India tour last year but he wasn't retained.

"He (Woodhill) was preferred over the former players in our country only because of his qualification," Alam said. "These days, coaching qualifications have become very necessary. He is an experienced coach and has worked with various teams, but if the experiment goes wrong, it's a three-week contract, not a lengthy one."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Come on guys! If this man can do then let him do his job. Dav Whatmore certainly changed Pakistani team's attitude towards fielding. Lets see what woodhill can do for us. Two " Ws" Wasim and Waqar in the past and now these two "Ws" Whatmore and woodhill. Hopfully, both of them will be lucky for our team

  • Syed Tanveer on May 3, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Umar Akmal !!!! What a great talent to waste by pakistan.... I still remember kholi and akmal start their career same time and everyone had high hopes with akmal to be a backbone of pakistan..... If the cricketer need to be drop and perform in domestic cricket and over come all the errors and mental strength then what's the point to appoint a coach in a team who cannot fine tune a player who has already go the talent.... Coaches are getting healthy amount just to give burden on player to perform well all the time..... I hate to see that umar akmal is getting wastes the way we have wasted Imran nazir... Ahmed Shazad , razzaq, and many more..... Coaches are good for nothing..... Pakistan should include Afridi and akmal for big tournament if they wanted to made them comeback then they should be out in normal tour like South Africa tour but should atleast give one chance to akmal in whole tour in South Africa before eliminate him..... Poor selection. No match winner in current squad....

  • Peter on May 1, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @BRNUGGET. Unknown quantity? You mean the fact the article details his recent roles with NZ cricket, IPL & Melbourne Stars is still unknown or did you just not read the article? The one positive you take out of bringing someone from "outside" is that he doesn't bring in long standing local ideas that haven't been working. A fresh view & unbiased view of systems invariably results in improved results or performances. He is there as a batting coach, not a team coach. For example, do you know Michael Clarke's batting coach? No, I bet you don't, nor do probably 99.9% of other readers either, but I would suggest he is doing a pretty fair job for an "unknown".

  • zaf on April 30, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Welcome to Trent with PAK TEAM. Hope batting dept. will improve. But I am not seeing any batsman in current PAK team announced for UK tour ?

  • khs on April 30, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Who ever coach them, they can not rectified the built-in bad habits pakistani batsmen has. They should appoint best batting coaches from abroad not for playing cricket team but for they cricket nurseries where the young boys learns batting and fielding.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Bowling coach, Batting Coach, Fielding Coach! What more, what more ??!!

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Naveed makes an interesting point. If u have a batting coach, a bowling and fielding one as well, then what's left for Whatmore. What is Whatmore doing? I a sure the PCB is trying to figure that out.

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Now if only Wasim could agree to a full time bowling coach position! Ahhh.. .the dream will come to life!

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    People who are complaining and all they should know that All the good students can not be good teacher. So following this example Miandad, Imran Khan, Inzi, Yousuf etc can not really be good coaches as well. Think beyond the box!

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Although I don't completely agree that good experienced players don't make good coaches, however I do agree that the focus needs to be on caoching experience and coaching success. I am more interested in knowing as to what successes Trent Woodhill has had with his coaching career.

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