Pakistan news August 25, 2011

Foreign coach the way forward for Pakistan - Lawson

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Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson has suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board should replace the outgoing coach Waqar Younis with a foreigner, free from the influence of Pakistan's domestic politics.

"I said it when I left as well, Pakistan need a foreign coach," Lawson, who was sacked as Pakistan coach in 2008, told the Express Tribune from Australia. "Whether you come from Karachi or Lahore, the pressure on you from external sources doesn't let you do the work properly.

"A foreign coach won't have that excess baggage. He won't worry about politics but will just concentrate on making the best team he can. In my time, language wasn't a problem. The common language was cricket and that's all they had to understand."

Lawson, who currently coaches the Kochi franchise in the IPL, stressed that the language barrier wouldn't be a problem for a foreign coach.

"In my Kochi team, some players don't speak Hindi so they communicate in English," Lawson said. "It's just an excuse for not appointing a foreign coach despite all the experience and assistance he can bring to Pakistan cricket."

Waqar recently announced that the upcoming Zimbabwe tour will be his last, citing personal reasons including his and his wife's health. During his tenure Pakistan lurched from one controversy to another, including the spot-fixing scandal and Zulqarnain Haider's mysterious disappearance from the team hotel, but they also managed to show a revival in Test fortunes and belie expectations to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Pakistan have changed coaches frequently in recent years, which Lawson said could be a deterrent for potential replacements. "They will have a very, very difficult time [replacing Waqar]," he said. "Not many will be willing to trust them because of how they've acted in the past but I'll still tell the PCB to get a foreign coach even if it's on a short, six-month contract.

"It's not so much the situation but the chairman's [Ijaz Butt] reputation just isn't good enough for him to invite foreign coaches over to Pakistan."

Lawson was highly critical of Shahid Afridi, who announced a 'conditional' retirement from the game after being axed as one-day captain.

"He's playing well enough and I'd love to see him in the team," Lawson said of Afridi. "However, he needs to realise he's not the most important person in the team. He's a part and that needs to dawn on him. He doesn't accept criticism and thinks he's bigger and better than the team. That won't lead him anywhere."

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  • Arshadannu on August 27, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    ICC please i put a request forgive at least mohd amer who is young.he would be traped by bad people.he should not be punished severly.because cricket needs this talent.he could be wasim akram,mcgrath or any big talented cricketer.

    and also protect other talents going into the hands of corruption

  • Afgunz4Lyfe on August 27, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Completely agree with Lawson's assisment of Afridi; "he doesnt accept criticisim and thinks he is bigger than the team" . this is pakistan's problem, as good as afridi is; he is NOT bigger then the team, Pak need to drop him for good and force him to retire; bring a coach who could lead the team rather then the captain; groom a young captain or give Malik the captaincy and young team to lead along with the coach.

  • on August 26, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    jeff lawson was sincere with pakistani team and toook pakistan in inaugral t-twenty world cup final. too much changes wont let team stable. Im agree with lawson here. hes right. We need Bob Woolmer!

  • muxa on August 26, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    javed miandad was and is the best coach

  • on August 26, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    mushtaq ahmed. well bowled mushi!

  • on August 26, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    could not agree more,agree with mr bilal haider doc husain

  • on August 26, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    stephen fleming or lance klusner

  • on August 26, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    First Get a New Chairman then think of Coach :P

  • RIBI on August 26, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Brin in Dav Whatmore nd Wasim Akram asbatting and bowling coach respectively... Since they have also developed an understanding working with each other as coaches for Kolkata Knight Riders... sO chanes of conflicts will be less... And we can see what difference they have brought in the side of Kolkata Knight Riders in da latest IPL... sO well these two are the best choice currently for Pak team...

  • BoomBoom_Khan on August 26, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    GET VIV RICHARDS. HE IS THE ONLY GUY THAT MATCHES PAKISTANI BATSMEN'S MENTALITY AND HAS A LOT OF RESPECT IN PAKISTAN. GET HIM AND HAVE OUR NATURAL TALENT SHINE. ADIOS!

  • Arshadannu on August 27, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    ICC please i put a request forgive at least mohd amer who is young.he would be traped by bad people.he should not be punished severly.because cricket needs this talent.he could be wasim akram,mcgrath or any big talented cricketer.

    and also protect other talents going into the hands of corruption

  • Afgunz4Lyfe on August 27, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Completely agree with Lawson's assisment of Afridi; "he doesnt accept criticisim and thinks he is bigger than the team" . this is pakistan's problem, as good as afridi is; he is NOT bigger then the team, Pak need to drop him for good and force him to retire; bring a coach who could lead the team rather then the captain; groom a young captain or give Malik the captaincy and young team to lead along with the coach.

  • on August 26, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    jeff lawson was sincere with pakistani team and toook pakistan in inaugral t-twenty world cup final. too much changes wont let team stable. Im agree with lawson here. hes right. We need Bob Woolmer!

  • muxa on August 26, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    javed miandad was and is the best coach

  • on August 26, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    mushtaq ahmed. well bowled mushi!

  • on August 26, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    could not agree more,agree with mr bilal haider doc husain

  • on August 26, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    stephen fleming or lance klusner

  • on August 26, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    First Get a New Chairman then think of Coach :P

  • RIBI on August 26, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Brin in Dav Whatmore nd Wasim Akram asbatting and bowling coach respectively... Since they have also developed an understanding working with each other as coaches for Kolkata Knight Riders... sO chanes of conflicts will be less... And we can see what difference they have brought in the side of Kolkata Knight Riders in da latest IPL... sO well these two are the best choice currently for Pak team...

  • BoomBoom_Khan on August 26, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    GET VIV RICHARDS. HE IS THE ONLY GUY THAT MATCHES PAKISTANI BATSMEN'S MENTALITY AND HAS A LOT OF RESPECT IN PAKISTAN. GET HIM AND HAVE OUR NATURAL TALENT SHINE. ADIOS!

  • lethal007 on August 26, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    dave what more is the best...........Mr. Akram should be a visiting faculty for young fast bowlers and @ Satesh Kumar i'm a better bowler then sree santh BCCI must consider young bowler rather then him

  • S.F.Ali on August 26, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    And we need a batting coach while Aaqib can lookup our bowling as assistant coach.

  • S.F.Ali on August 26, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    @ Sateesh Kumar you can make good jokes my friend :D:D

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 26, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    @ Satesh Kumar: Bowlers of Sreesanth's class cannot even play club cricket in Pakistan for more than 2years.

  • on August 25, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    wud love to see dave whatmore as pakistans coach and majid khan as the chairman of pcb

  • on August 25, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Perfect Solution, i would also suggest to give more powers to the new coach. And by no means hire any Pakistani (People always recommend Miandand and other batting legends as coach), but they dont understand difference between a coach and a batsman. i would go for Geoffrey Boycott or Tony Greigg, they can add bit more brain and tactics.....

  • on August 25, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    i totally agree with him he has said what we all honestly and really feel as of coaches i would have dav whatmore as head coach geoffery boycott as batting coach and aqib javed as bolwing coach what do you thnk guys

  • PKcric4evr on August 25, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    JUST GET A COACH! AND A NEW CHAIRMAN!

  • Azam_Ali on August 25, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Lol ath somebody comaparing afridi with Imran...hahaha..Imran has never lost a test match against india and have won 2 series against them...Has afridi ever even captained in a test???

  • on August 25, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Lawson's analysis is highly accurate, no politics in the game is the way to go!!!

  • poderdubdubdub on August 25, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    @farooq61, SORRY but Shahid Afridi is NO Imran Khan.

  • CricketChat on August 25, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Here is another idea that may work for Pak. Have separate coaches for batting, bowling, fielding and a non-cricket Manager to take care of logistics, travel, etc. No more conflicts between coach and captain. Have an on-duty selector, captain and vice captain select the playing XI. Then every individual will be accountable for himself and no more finger pointing.

  • on August 25, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Santhakumaran Sreesanth is my choice. Discuss

  • bulldawgs on August 25, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Pakistan doesn't need a coach. They just need a powerful Captain who is respected and feared by the team and who leads from the front. Like Imran Khan was and did. Captain should have a say in selection and then only the team will respect and follow him. Coach can deal with training schedule, scouting reports on opponents and u don't need a foreigner for that. Pakistan's most succesful years were with Imran as Captain and guess who was the Coach-Intikhab Alam!

  • on August 25, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Geoff Lawson is my choice as he still has faith in Pakistan team. And he is also a very humble human being

  • on August 25, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Would like to see stephen fleeming as a coach

  • ammirsufyan on August 25, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Let me tell u guy,s no foreign coach want to work with the team ,until pcb chairman will not resign.

  • on August 25, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Lawson is a good man and looks very sincere in disecting our cricket. I agree with his comments. I think a foreign coach is a good idea but he has to keep in mind that he is dealing with Pakisani players who are not very disciplined although very naturally talented.

  • Bilal94 on August 25, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Waqar younis was in fact a foreign coach in a way as he was not present with the team throughout the year which is the biggest advantage of a local coach.

  • on August 25, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    complettly agree with sharukh khenzai !!! shane warne would be the best option !!

  • TheEnigmaticProdigy on August 25, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    @farooq61

    Please don't compare Afridi to Imran Khan. There is no comparison.

  • on August 25, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    shane warne would be my ultimate choice plus inzimam as a batting specialist.......

  • on August 25, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    I'll to see somebody who can well manage the Human Resource and understand the psychology of the players and teach them how to play for the team and country but not for themselves. I wont recommend for any highly talented ex player. Pak cricket got the huge talent. They just need to stop fighting, start accepting criticism, show positive attitude, no back biting, do not play only to become captain, and only play for pride. Look what Gary Kristen did in India, Andy Flower is doing in England. These guys know how to manage humans well in the team and need some powers too. Unlike in Pakistan, the coach is only a coach without any powers, when everything must be approved from Ijaz Butt then how come sombody be showing results. Good Luck to Pakistan Cricket.

  • wnwn on August 25, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Geoff Lawson was poorly treated by the PCB. If they had given him more time he could have taken us to the top. Now is a good time to appoint a foreign coach because Pakistan are not playing at home which would put many coaches off.

  • farooq61 on August 25, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Shahid is a charismatic person and has the 'x-factor' or the attibute of a leader viz. to inspire, attarct and influence people around him.

    His character resembles that of Imran Khan insofar as being forthright, candid, straightforward and a leader who has lead from the front and had earned respect of his team-mates, unfortunately he happens to be in the era of an opinionated and eratic Ejaz Butt.

    I agree with the "SilentViewer" that at times his actions and comments are overbearing and immaturish. In order to be a worthy leader his actions and speach should ably demonstrates as such ...... keeping in mind that no one is indispensable.

  • on August 25, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Very fair assessment of issues relating a coach's appointment and Afridi's idiosyncrasy. Foreign or domestic, we need a coach who has a strong personality and character with exemplary level of integrity. Pakistani cricketers are naturally very skillful; they don't need to be told how to grip their bats. What they need is somebody who could discipline them and tell them the importance of honesty and the privilege and responsibility of playing international cricket. As such, we need a coach who has had a clean character himself: somebody who has avoided controversies and earned respect. Warnys and Waughs and Laras don't fit that bill.

    Nasser Hussain, Kepler Wessels, Alan Border and Marvan Atapattu would be my shortlist.

  • on August 25, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    STEVE WAUGH should be the Pak team coach.Reason, in recent past pak has not been able to finish close matches.Steve waugh will help them how to come out of such a situation.When he was the captain, Aus started to rise.They knew how to win from any situation.They could score less and win or chase huge score.When there was no choice for them,number 10-11 would get them home.STEVE will teach them how to win from near impossible

  • on August 25, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Would like to see 1 from them: 1.Michael Bevan 2.Shane Warne 3.Imran Khan 4.Wasim Akram 5.Adam Gilchrist 6.Johnty Rodes 7.Lance Klusner 8.Brian Lara or book Jacques Kallis for Future, He is true Cricketer in all department, can say Perfect All-Rounder Quality

  • Abdul-Jabbar on August 25, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    What Pakistan need is an honest head of PCB. Once this problem is solved, everything will improve.

  • on August 25, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Lawson"s comments of Shahid Afridi are interesting.Lawson is playing his cards very well and by criticizing Afridi he has tried to make some friends in the PCB camp.On the other hand he has not offended Afridi either by saying that he (Lawson) wants to see him performing on the field.

  • Amjad.Khan on August 25, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Totally agree with geoff Lawson - need a foreign coach who was a former batsman !!!

  • on August 25, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    First have a stable cricket team, then we can talk about foreign coach

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 25, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Now I do hope what Lawson said will not cause Afridi to go beserk again.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 25, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Ahmed Zeeshan: Shane Warne & Adam Gilchrist bot not ready for coaching any international team now....we have talented people in Inzamam, Wasim, Muhammad brothers, Miandad, Saeed, Aamir, Saqlain & Mushtaq. We don't need any foreign coach

  • shigri on August 25, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Well said., Afridi chapter should be close & he should not be included in team any more., Yes he is good player but not enough that team can't run without him.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 25, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    i seriously think Sharne Warne...if he agrees....

  • khurramsch on August 25, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    agree. Laweson is very interested in pakistan even after he was sacked. but the new coach should be a batsman. aaqib can do assistant coach as bowling coach job.

  • on August 25, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    I think Pakistan should hire, either Shane Warne or Adam Gilchrist, they are the professional cricketers one should look forward to for this coaching role.

  • FaHaD685 on August 25, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Agree with Lawson here. We do need people who are not influenced or subjected to any unnecessary pressure. More importantly, they bring with them experience. Using ex players from Pakistan, be it Javed Miadad, Imran Khan or Wasim Akram, do not have the exposure a foreign coach is likely to have. We saw that in Bob Woolmer and we see that in India as well. Also, we need someone who can make use of technology and introduce more support staff roles. Pakistan team needs grooming in all aspects and not just someone to tell them how to play. We have busy times coming our way and we need to make sure we give it our best.

  • SilentViewer on August 25, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Well said about Afridi,,some times he acts like very immature person.. no one is bigger then team and no one is bigger then country

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  • SilentViewer on August 25, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Well said about Afridi,,some times he acts like very immature person.. no one is bigger then team and no one is bigger then country

  • FaHaD685 on August 25, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Agree with Lawson here. We do need people who are not influenced or subjected to any unnecessary pressure. More importantly, they bring with them experience. Using ex players from Pakistan, be it Javed Miadad, Imran Khan or Wasim Akram, do not have the exposure a foreign coach is likely to have. We saw that in Bob Woolmer and we see that in India as well. Also, we need someone who can make use of technology and introduce more support staff roles. Pakistan team needs grooming in all aspects and not just someone to tell them how to play. We have busy times coming our way and we need to make sure we give it our best.

  • on August 25, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    I think Pakistan should hire, either Shane Warne or Adam Gilchrist, they are the professional cricketers one should look forward to for this coaching role.

  • khurramsch on August 25, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    agree. Laweson is very interested in pakistan even after he was sacked. but the new coach should be a batsman. aaqib can do assistant coach as bowling coach job.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 25, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    i seriously think Sharne Warne...if he agrees....

  • shigri on August 25, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Well said., Afridi chapter should be close & he should not be included in team any more., Yes he is good player but not enough that team can't run without him.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 25, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Ahmed Zeeshan: Shane Warne & Adam Gilchrist bot not ready for coaching any international team now....we have talented people in Inzamam, Wasim, Muhammad brothers, Miandad, Saeed, Aamir, Saqlain & Mushtaq. We don't need any foreign coach

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 25, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Now I do hope what Lawson said will not cause Afridi to go beserk again.

  • on August 25, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    First have a stable cricket team, then we can talk about foreign coach

  • Amjad.Khan on August 25, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Totally agree with geoff Lawson - need a foreign coach who was a former batsman !!!