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May need foreign coach - Alam

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 30, 2011

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Assistant coach Aaqib Javed warms up with the team, Auckland, December 21, 2011
Aaqib Javed is tipped to be a front-runner for the post of Pakistan coach © Getty Images

Intikhab Alam, head of the committee appointed to find Pakistan's new coach, has said they may need to go with a foreigner since they wanted someone with the experience of coaching an international team. Zaheer Abbas, a member of the committee, and Ramiz Raja, who is assisting the committee, had both said they would prefer a local coach as he would have a better knowledge of the unique way in which Pakistani cricket functions. However, Alam, who has himself had two stints as coach of the national team and was recently replaced as team manager, said looking exclusively at coaches from within the country would limit their options.

"Naturally we will be considering local coaches, but the fact that we want people with international experience would obviously reduce the chances of some domestic coaches being shortlisted," Alam said. "I know opinion may differ on the matter and perhaps the other committee members won't agree with me on everything. But we will reach a consensus in the end. I don't see any real conflict in shortlisting names."

Abbas and Raja had cited the political situation in Pakistan as something that may make it difficult for a foreign coach to adjust, but Pakistan's last foreign coach Geoff Lawson said he had no trouble when he was in Pakistan and in fact thought another foreigner was the way for them to go.

The two names that have emerged as candidates from within Pakistan are Aaqib Javed and Mudassar Nazar. Javed has been involved in coaching within Pakistan for a decade now, having started at the Lahore Regional Academy and then moved on to stints as Pakistan Under-19 coach and head coach at the National Cricket Academy. He has been involved with the national team on-and-off since 2009, first as bowling coach and then as assistant coach, from which post he was removed before the Zimbabwe tour and replaced with Ijaz Ahmed. Nazar has coached Pakistan before, for a brief period between 2001 and 2002, and also coached Kenya in 2005, apart from roles as head coach of the NCA in Pakistan and then as part of the coaching staff at the ICC's Global Cricket Academy.

Nazar has himself backed Javed to be the next coach. "I have lot of faith in Aaqib as he has come through the Pakistan system," Nazar told "He has been working in different roles for the last ten years. He is a good coach and I think he should be given a chance. I would be happy if he was given the role, provided he is given some support with a batting coach."

The final decision on who will replace Waqar Younis after the tour of Zimbabwe will be made by the PCB, Alam said. "We will be drawing up a list of coaches and recommending names to the PCB, who will then make a call."

Given Pakistan's history of conflicts occurring between coaches and players, with outgoing coach Waqar's public dispute with former one-day captain Shahid Afridi being the most recent example, Alam said the team needed a coach who could handle individual players. "It's a big task, but we want to find people who have already coached an international team and have a good reputation, so we have be very thorough while shortlisting the candidates. We want a coach with good man-management skills, who can cope with the differing psychological make-ups of players; his own cricketing experience must also measure up."

The committee will pick a new coach before Pakistan's series against Sri Lanka in the UAE this October.

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Posted by s-s-s on (September 2, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

my opinion is Aqib jabed...................

Posted by   on (September 1, 2011, 22:42 GMT)

Why don't they give this job to Moin Khan ,,,i think he is the best choice,,he done a great job with Lahore Badsha's.

Posted by balajik1968 on (September 1, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

I have been following Pakistan cricket with interest since 1982. I think part of the problem is that the domestic structure does not nurture talent with a lot of matchplay. The talent is there, what is required is for the players to be ready for a hard grind. Initially it will not be exciting to watch, but it will produce guys who can contribute when the chips are down. Personally I feel Pakistan is doing reasonably well. But the public needs to keep expectations low, so that a team can be built with time. It requires a lot of patience, and some hard decisions.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

We need to think out of box, Aaquib though a good coach is not an authoritative figure, we must go for a dynamic coach who has played international cricket in the last decade and aaquib can obviously team up with him as bowling coach. Dav whatmore has good repute so as Greg chappell, but any low profile coach can do wonders with this weak team.

Posted by AlanHarrison on (September 1, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

Well if Pakistan do get a foreign coach, I hope for their sakes it proves to be a happier experience than with Geoff Lawson.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (September 1, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

I'd love to see MICHAEL BEVAN of Australia as Pakistan's next coach. He has experience of coaching and he was a fighting cricketer of his time. He can help our cricketers get stronger mentally. He was a pretty good batsman and fielder. So, he can help our technically weak batsmen and poor fielders. He was great at making strategies for his own game. I think we need a foreign coach. Players feel comfortable with them. Someone like the late Bob Woolmer and BEVAN seems to be the right choice.

Posted by asumbal on (September 1, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

Pakistan first and foremost needs to find a Chairman for PCB. With the current cricket administration, I doubt if any coach would either apply for the job or be able to do much with the team.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (September 1, 2011, 3:51 GMT)

+1 @ BoonBoom & reality check, right on..... Chuck them indians

Posted by   on (September 1, 2011, 0:40 GMT)

soahib akathar or afridi as a coach

Posted by nlambda on (September 1, 2011, 0:39 GMT)

As an Indian I will heartily recommend... Greg Chappell!

Posted by Masud_BITK on (August 31, 2011, 22:56 GMT)

Pakistan requires to think about a number of issues before selecting a coach. What are the issues of Pakistan now * Batting problems * Good management * Control of the team *Captaincy * Acceptance of coach * Local politics. Based on this - Ganguly is a better choice, if he agrees. Or, someone who has good reputations worldwide like - Steve Waugh. Aqib is a good option but he may not control the team due to local politics and he is not a batsman. Shane Warne - Will he be agree, batting issue. In Pakistan, Only Miandad has the capacity to control the team, no one else. Imran Kahn - he wants to be president of Pak but not in cricket. Bevan - NOT a bad idea but is he ready? Remeber - it is a short term coaching role, so many good guys may not be agree to coach Pak team. Short term mean - no one stays long there!!!

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 20:57 GMT)

I m sure Pakistan will progress if they recruit Mohammed Yousuf as coach

Posted by BoonBoom on (August 31, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

@piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda....we all just saw a highly paid and over-rated coach could not do any thing with the so called super number 1 ranked team so dont spend time thinking about what any coach can or cant do to an average pak team...for the time being its India that needs all the basic coaching...LOLLLLLLLLLL

Posted by reality_check on (August 31, 2011, 16:35 GMT)

@piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: The same average team did not have a test whitewash against England in 2010 tour. @varun Kumar: Geoff Lawson did most recently so why can't anyone else.

Posted by asimmuz on (August 31, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

I m a strong supporter of Micheal BEVAN as Pakistan coach if PCB wants a foriegn coach .The reason i back him is because of his best finishing capability in ODIs which Pakistan is lacking since the wasim/waqar chapter is closed. We have lost many close matches in the last 5 to 10 years which we could have won easily.secondly he has an expereince of coaching Kings XI Punjab in IPL-IV so he will be intrested to coach Pak team if approached.40-year-old Bevan, inarguably one of the best finishers in limited overs during the 90's represented Australia in 232 ODIs with a staggering average close to 54 and 6912 runs with six centuries and 46 fifties. He also played 18 Tests but he was always known for his ability to bail Australia out of trouble on numerous occasions.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

salem mailk can do that, then player will make more money lol

Posted by AbrarAhmed on (August 31, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

There's only one ideal candidate, but he's not available - Imran Khan. If anyone could put the fear of god into the team, and make the players accountable, it would be him.

Posted by ShaniJ on (August 31, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

Aaqib is the best possible choice,under his coaching Pakistan won the under 19 world cup.Foreign coach is not a good option,they wouldnt understand our psychology and culture.besides the experience with foreign coaches in the past havent been to great either!!!

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

wasim akram or aamir sohail should take position as bowling and batting coach..

Posted by Desihungama on (August 31, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

My choices are Sourav Ganguly or Dav Wathmore. I am true admirer of Sourav as a person.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

I think the best option is Sabi Azhar....the coach of Rawalpindi....he nurtured a team and they then won the t20 cup......and pindi has produced good players under his not someone from the domestic

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

local coach will b more suitable for Pakistan i think ! team improved lot under Miandad in late 90s so appoint another of same caliber !

Posted by alokmadhok on (August 31, 2011, 9:27 GMT)

PCB have a look at Duncan Flatcher!!!!!! He might be successful in Pakistan.

Posted by Haleos on (August 31, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

@Afgunz4Lyfe - my friend u said u want to remove politics but when u have pakistani assistant coaches how will that happen. What pakistan needs a good captain like Imran who can lead from the front. Hopefully they will crush Zim easily.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

an uphill task for committe

Posted by DARKLORD91 on (August 31, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

some great suggestions here but yea sure enough pak team does need a foreign coach personally dav whatmore would be ideal choice coz he has experience and has proven his worth and about a batting coach why go further than our neighbours who have the spoils of talent in batting department saurv ???? why not kapil dev???? maybe but boycott ideal

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (August 31, 2011, 5:28 GMT)

They are trying to create a storm in tea cup. This is an easy decision. Ijaz Butt is finishing in October..But surely he going to go no where so as a token of appreciation for his great work in last few years, he should be appointed as a coach...Really coach in cricket is over rated and an unnecesary role. What teams needed is is someone who has good strategic skills. People who has zero knowledge of cricket are throwing random names like Michael Bevan? Who? Guy was an utter failure in test matches and an over rated batsman. Why will ge come and coach Pakistan with zero coaching experience? Pakistan may have missed an excellent oppertunity as one very good candidate for coaching position was Rameez Raja...He is a good observer of game and a popular personality respected around the globe..If not then Pakistan should target Dev Watmore..who is so under rated while Gary Kirsten who never won a series outside India is hailed as some sort of svaiour of Indian cricket!

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 5:03 GMT)

Yeah i thnk we should seriously consider Brian Lara, because our weakness is batting

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 4:26 GMT)

Micheal Bevan, as many would agree is the perfect choice right now. Pakistan need a batting coach, not another bowling coach like Aqib Javed. And I agree, Bevan did have an exceptional mental tenacity, exactly what is lacking in Pakistani batsmen in general and openers in particular.

Posted by Tobee on (August 31, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Sourav Ganguly should be the coash with Aaqib Javed his assistant

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

At last,PCB senses the benefits and urgency of having a foreign coach, this is a positive initiative by all standards. One can only hope they prefer a batting coach; as it is most needed by Pakistan. My plea on all coaches who require a bit of challenge out of the ordinary to put their hands up for the role.

Posted by   on (August 31, 2011, 2:19 GMT)

Plz PCB have a look at Brian Lara for Pakistan Batting Coach, Lara is a living legend!

Posted by Afgunz4Lyfe on (August 30, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

Pak need a foreign coach, their is no other way, the most successful coach in Pak history was Bob, a south african. Have a foreigner coach and two local pak coach to assist him and remove all the politics.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 23:36 GMT)

For the love of JESUS....get a foreign coach so that he is not involved in any of the dirty politics of pcb and the players and pakistan does not need a bowling coach like aaqib what they only need is a batting coach and that has to be someone from outside pakistan!!!

Posted by Mr.Lock on (August 30, 2011, 22:51 GMT)

In my opinion, two guys stand out. 1- Michael Bevan 2- Barry Richards. Bevan was mentally a very tough guy and that is exactly the same mentalilty he will instill in the youngsters. His average is unbelieveable in one days. Barry is another master class and extremely astute observer of the game. His test average was unbelievable. Sadly though Ijaz Butt fired Lawson by saying Pakistan doesn't need a foreign coach and the same will happen this time so what Intikhab is saying is nothing but hogwash.

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 30, 2011, 22:36 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan,I would agree that Pakistan is better served with a foreign coach but the dilemma is whether any foreign coach with some substance will accept to be in Pakistan due to non cricketing factors. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Uzair_Baig on (August 30, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

@Rahulbose After Bob Woolmer, Jeff Lawson was coach of Pakistan for almost 2 years and he was Australian. I think Pakistan needed a coach who is new in coaching and want to prove his worth... like what Gary kristan done for India.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

hey guys i am seeing some serious work doing by a commetee appointed by this BUTT PCB isnt a rare thing? .... Some good talkings by the members, lets hope that they will select a right person for the job...

Posted by asimmuz on (August 30, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Pakistan need coach with best temprament and technique ...Micheal Bevan is my top choice ...he was cool customer of game ...havnt seen him losing wicket in aggression like mostly pakistani players do ...young players can get plenty to learn from best and champion run chaser in ODI history

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

pakistan need batting coach i think inzi will be a better choice

Posted by KrazyCricketKid on (August 30, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

Pakistan's coach should be Inzamam-Ul-Haq

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

Aqib javed and saeed anwar as a batting coach would be a perfect combination for Pakistan team in the current scenario... Rashid Latif could be considered coz PAKISTAN was seriously lacking in wicket keeping department in the world cup and other series, and Rashid Latif has international experience as well.

Posted by Rahulbose on (August 30, 2011, 16:39 GMT)

After what they did to Bob Woolmer why would any foreigner signup for coaching Pakistan.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

the best choice is Mushtaq Mohammad by far, if not him then Ijazz Ahmed or Aqib Javed are the obvious choices, please no foreign coaches, they won't spend anytime in pakistan working with domestic players

Posted by Z.Saleem on (August 30, 2011, 16:03 GMT)

Aaqib had been with the team, and the boys have been really pleased with him too. I think we should stick with him, and Miandad could come over every now and then to help the young players......also seniors like Younis and Misbah are there to guide!

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (August 30, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

@Varun Kumar Thapar : Questions should be asked whether any coach in the world is going to make any difference to this very average team.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

request to PCB to cntct with Methew Hayden or Brain Lara....only playerz like them can improve Pakistani team Batting...plz

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

question should be asked- does a foreign coach wants to work in pakistan?

Posted by CricketChat on (August 30, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

Mudassar Nazar was a street smart batting all rounder besides being non-controversial during his playing and coaching days. He played all over and won matches for his country. He would be a perfect fit for the head coach role. Pak need not look beyond him and waste precious time and resources searching for a short term foreign coach.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (August 30, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

How about Kapil Dev or Sunil Gavesker. I would even go for Ranatunga. We need to cross the limits which are put across the border. Some one sitting next to me wants Muralidaran.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2011, 14:57 GMT)

I doubt that gonna happen considering what happened to Bob Woolmer..So, even if Pakistan want to hire a foreign coach, they have to pay him high amount... And I doubt they can afford that.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (August 30, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

All major cricketing nations are in a kind of renaissance mode. Which is good for cricket overall. I just hope these countries all come out better rather than worse at the end of the renaissance.

Posted by Jatt799 on (August 30, 2011, 14:33 GMT)

Brian lara should be new coach

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