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Miandad may take batting coach job

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April 7, 2011

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Shahid Afridi shares a light moment with Javed Miandad, Lahore, May 25, 2010
Shahid Afridi requested Javed Miandad to help out with the team's batting © AFP
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Javed Miandad has said he will consider becoming the batting coach of Pakistan, after their tour of the West Indies is completed. Miandad, however, will not travel with the team to the West Indies, but will work with the batsmen before their departure, as he did for Pakistan's tour of New Zealand last year.

"I had detailed meetings with Mr. [Ijaz] Butt and [Shahid] Afridi, but I told them that I could not travel with the team to the West Indies," Miandad told AP. "I think the tour of West Indies is not a tough one. After this tour I might consider taking up the [batting] coaching assignment."

It was on the request of Pakistan captain Afridi and chairman of the Pakistan board Butt that Miandad, who has had three stints as Pakistan head coach, agreed to work with the team's batsmen before the upcoming tour. The tour begins on April 18, and comprises a one-off Twenty20 game, five one-dayers and three Tests. The tour ends on May 24, after which Pakistan will travel to Ireland to play a one-day series.

As far as what his role would be as batting coach, if he were to take the job full-time, Miandad said it would be mostly restricted to advising batsmen on pitches and bowlers rather than looking to make drastic changes to their techniques.

"I believe that once a batsman is selected for the national team you can't change his technique," he said. "You can only teach him the finer points of the game, like how to handle various bowlers on different pitches."

Batting was a concern for Pakistan during their World Cup, during which they failed in two chases, against New Zealand in the group stages and India in the semi-finals. None of the Pakistan batsmen managed to score a century during the tournament, and none of them were in the top 20 run-scorers either.

Pakistan have included five uncapped players in their squad for the West Indies tour: right-hand batsman Usman Salahuddin, allrounder Hammad Azam, fast bowlers Junaid Khan and Sadaf Hussain, and wicketkeeper Mohammad Salman. Miandad said the changes were positive moves.

"It's the right time to look ahead for the future and start preparing for the next World Cup. We have to look for players who could be there in 2015 and, if they have potential, we should start giving them proper chances."

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Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Whoever coaches, its of no use to pak cricket. ha ha ha

Posted by   on (April 8, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

WELL AFRIDI U HAVE TO LEAVE THE TEAM CAPTAIN MEANS A GOOD LEADER AS A BATSMAN U MUST BAT WITH AUTHORITY NOT TO BASH THE BALL SIMPLY PLAY WITH EASE I U BAT AT NUMBER 5 OR 6 OR 7 DONT MEANS NOTHING I THINK U SHOULD BAT FROM THE FRONT MEANS OPEN THE INNING HIT THE NEW BALL ALL OVER THE GROUND U CANNOT BAT WITH AUTHORITY LEARN FROM THE PRO

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (April 8, 2011, 1:51 GMT)

Pakistan needs a fielding coach for youngesters.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (April 8, 2011, 1:50 GMT)

First of all, don't tell me that you need changes for the building of a team for wc in 2015. Its pakistan and no one can promise that if we start builing a team now, then after 6 months we will not see Imran farhat, Misbah, yunis, faisal Iqbal and others who have been tried a 1000 times, will not come back. Secondly if you want to look at future then you don't go for slow medium bowlers like tanvir, Cheema, an Sadaf. We all know that these bowlers are not good enough to stay for long. Our 2015 team will surely have wahab, Mohammad Amir and Umar Gul in it. In the spane of next year, we must judge potential in zain abbas, navid yas and babar azzam. pakistan needs a good wicketkeeper batsman and we all know its not salman. I hope Kamran takes 6 months with rashid Latif and comes back stronger.

Posted by ballaybaaz on (April 8, 2011, 0:50 GMT)

This is The only good thing PCB has done for Pakistan cricket..WELCOME TO THE GROUND AGAIN SIR...one thing i would like to ask you sir(Javed Miandad) is somehow u have to get ABDUL RAZZAK back in the team. and if u really have some authority over selection than Imran Nazir should be in the teis team as well.If we have Afridi, umer akmal, razzak and imran nazir we can be an unbeatable side..THANX

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

well done Miandad you really love of cricket and Pakistan it is now the young players to take his advise and learn how much they can from the experience he got. he will worke closely with coach, Shahid and Misbah

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

Can someone teach kamran akmal not to hit the ball straight to silly point in every second match!?? and teach hafeez that scoring 30 doesnt means you're the best batsman in the world. these silly men always have to throw their wicket away! Only Umar Akmal's wicket was taken by indians in the semi, with a 'great delivery'. all the others were gifted to them !! like cm'on man..start acting like professionals now !!

Posted by NP_NY on (April 7, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

Characteristics of a good coach - Calm, Composure, ability to gel with players, and maybe technique, as well. These are not qualities that Miandad possessed in his playing days. Don't get me wrong, he's one of the toughest cricketers ever and that's what made him great. But being a coach is a completely different story.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

Shahid Afridi himself need big time help with the bat,he is not a matured captain as like MS Dhoni is,Javed cannot help someone who do not want to stay on the wicket and do not understand the situation of the team and the game,if afridi has to play for the public sitting in the stadium then he should be playing domestic cricket . It was amazing to see afridi is not taking the responsiblity of shameful loss in the recent world cup,see Dohni took the advise of Imran khan and he led the side from the front,knowing his side needs him and he played according to the situation ,if afridi does well on west indies tour its meaningless for the nation because afridi immature captaincey cost pakistan a game which could have been won easily with the well planned stratagey,example Irland has achieved 300 plus twice in the wc,they have no YOUNIS ,MISBAH,AKMALS,RAZZAQ and BOOM BOOM AFRIDI,this was well planned strategy,in the cricket when you bat second you have all the calculation in front of you.

Posted by imtiaz1969 on (April 7, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

Now that our neighbour have won the world cup, there are not gonna let us live. Let me tell you my friend from across the border. Best bowling side in the tournament, even with two strike bowlers missing. Take two of the best out of the Indian attack and see what happens. Why cant your country produce genuine fast bowlers, what is the problem ??? Pls enlighten me.....

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