Pakistan news April 5, 2011

Miandad to assist Pakistan batsmen again

ESPNcricinfo staff

Javed Miandad is again expected to work with the Pakistan team on their batting skills, after having earlier helped them prepare for the tour of New Zealand and the World Cup. Shahid Afridi and PCB chairman Ijaz Butt have approached Miandad with a request to help a batting line-up that were largely inconsistent in the World Cup, and he has expressed his willingness to do so.

"We are trying to persuade Miandad to help the batsmen," Afridi said, according to AFP. "We realise there are batting problems so we have told Miandad that the country needs him, so hopefully he will accept that role."

Miandad responded by saying that he was always ready to assist the players whenever the need arose. "I thank PCB chairman and Afridi for calling me and requesting help," Miandad told a private television channel.

Miandad, the PCB director-general, has coached Pakistan three times in the past, each association ending in acrimonious circumstances. He was involved in a war of words last year with Ijaz Butt relating to the salary he drew as director-general. Though he worked with the side before the tour of New Zealand he declined to travel with the team, saying that he had full confidence in the abilities of coach Waqar Younis.

Pakistan's batsmen mostly struggled in the World Cup, failing to chase stiff targets against New Zealand and India, and wobbling in their chase of 177 against Australia before prevailing by four wickets. No Pakistan batsman was among the top-20 run-getters in the World Cup, and their strong bowling attack was largely responsible for their run to the semi-final.

Pakistan are to tour West Indies to play a Twenty20 international, five one-dayers and two Tests later this month.

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  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    i dont really know how much of advantage will he provide.. there might be more controversies coming up in few days... and like someone said before.. they should also get a fielding specialist real soon..!

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    where is ali anwar? he is better than sohail tanvir and tanvir ahmed . why he didnt selected?

  • Khair ul on April 7, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    I think the batting coach needs to work more on the temperament than skills of players like Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shafiq, Shehzad, etc. No point in wasting time on Afridi's batting. It is bound to produce more frustrations.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Razzaq axed is the blender for Pakistan, he is the powerful hitter on the later order and solid player in top order as well. He is the versatile player for Pakistan and also Mohammad Yousuf is very important for Pakistan batting is concern.

  • Naveed Ahmad on April 7, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    I think it is the right time for inzamam or saeed anwar to come back and shoulder the responsibility as a batting coach. As far as the issue of miandad is concerned, there have been controversies in the past, leading to his exit, creating further problems.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    how many times r ppl like miandad gonna quit and comeback...

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Yes.....MIANDAD is the last hope

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    this is too late. any teame can't fall our team

  • S.rao on April 6, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Lets see what he can do with this hopeless bunch of batsmen.

  • ick on April 6, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Its a good decision to ask Miandad to be a batting coach. How about Pakistan's inability to produce good fielders... has anybody thought about it. Don't give this argument that Miandad will do it. Let him do what he does best, that is batting coach. A specialized foreign fielding coach isv needed for this team IMMEDIATELY. Please have this coach train u-16, U-17 and U-19 teams as well on permanent basis.

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