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Foreign coach the way forward for Pakistan - Lawson

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August 25, 2011

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Geoff Lawson points out instructions during training, Karachi, July 1, 2008
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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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by muxa on (August 26, 2011, 19:34 GMT)

javed miandad was and is the best coach

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

mushtaq ahmed. well bowled mushi!

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

stephen fleming or lance klusner

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

First Get a New Chairman then think of Coach :P

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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!

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